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This course is designed to provide a high level of engineering and technical expertise in energy conversion processes, combined with the application of practical abilities in management-related issues. Read more
This course is designed to provide a high level of engineering and technical expertise in energy conversion processes, combined with the application of practical abilities in management-related issues. The course puts a strong emphasis on the context of renewable and sustainable energy technologies and the built environment, and combines this with effective management skills, economic appraisal, and an understanding of the current policies and regulations that are applicable at UK, EU and international level.

This course is tailored towards graduates in engineering, science and related disciplines. The strong emphasis on science, technology and engineering is specifically targeted towards subject areas within the context renewable and sustainable technologies and the built environment and uniquely combines this with effective management skills, economic appraisal and an understanding of the current policies and regulations that can be applied within modern industry in the UK, EU and internationally.

Advanced study in engineering-related research methodologies provides invaluable experience either towards further academic
study or industry-based research and development.

Students will develop:
the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups
the ability to exercise original thought
the ability to plan and undertake an individual project
interpersonal, communication and professional skills

Students on the course will cover all forms of energy conversion including cooling technologies, renewable energy technologies, combustion & biomass, advanced heat transfer and fuel cell technology. The course also includes practical subjects such as management & UK/EU/International regulations & policy, research methodologies, economic appraisal, CFD and materials science. The introduction of this course coincides with the huge demand for young, highly trained engineers who have strong enthusiasm for sustainability and the environment. This MSc can be used to gain full Chartered Engineer (CEng) status as appropriate.

Previous research projects have included:

a comparision study of solar Photo Voltaic (PV) & wind turbine power generation for domestic application
a feasibility study of PCM impregnated carbon composites
CO2 capture & storage by mineralisation of waste aggregates
simulation of an integrated CHP/ground source heat pump system for a library

This course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Engineering Council UK (ECUK).

Scholarship information can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/graduateschool/funding/index.aspx

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Our Energy programmes allow you to specialise in areas such as bio-energy, novel geo-energy, sustainable power, fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, power electronics, drives and machines, and the sustainable development and use of key resources. Read more

Course Overview

Our Energy programmes allow you to specialise in areas such as bio-energy, novel geo-energy, sustainable power, fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, power electronics, drives and machines, and the sustainable development and use of key resources.

Research Areas

Bio-energy:
Our research spans the whole supply chain: growing novel feedstocks (various biomass crops, algae etc); processing feedstocks in novel ways; converting feedstocks into fuels and chemical feedstocks; developing new engines to use the products.
Cockle Park Farm has an innovative anaerobic digestion facility. Work at the farm will develop, integrate and exploit technologies associated with the generation and efficient utilisation of renewable energy from land-based resources, including biomass, biofuel and agricultural residues.
We also develop novel technologies for gasification and pyrolysis. This large multidisciplinary project brings together expertise in agronomy, land use and social science with process technologists and engineers and is complemented by molecular studies on the biology of non-edible oilseeds as sources for production of biodiesel.

Novel geo-energy:
New ways of obtaining clean energy from the geosphere is a vital area of research, particularly given current concerns over the limited remaining resources of fossil fuels.
Newcastle University has been awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for its world-renowned Hydrogeochemical Engineering Research and Outreach (HERO) programme. Building on this record of excellence, the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research seeks to place the North East at the forefront of research in ground-source heat pump systems, and other larger-scale sources of essentially carbon-free geothermal energy, and developing more responsible modes of fossil fuel use.
Our fossil fuel research encompasses both the use of a novel microbial process, recently patented by Newcastle University, to convert heavy oil (and, by extension, coal) to methane, and the coupling of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to underground coal gasification (UCG) using directionally drilled boreholes. This hybrid technology (UCG-CCS) is exceptionally well suited to early development in the North East, which still has 75% of its total coal resources in place.

Sustainable power:
We undertake fundamental and applied research into various aspects of power generation and energy systems, including: the application of alternative fuels such as hydrogen and biofuels to engines and dual fuel engines; domestic combined heat and power (CHP) and combined cooling, heating and power (trigeneration) systems using waste vegetable oil and/or raw inedible oils; biowaste methanisation; biomass and biowaste combustion, gasification; biomass co-combustion with coal in thermal power plants; CO2 capture and storage for thermal power systems; trigeneration with novel energy storage systems (including the storage of electrical energy, heat and cooling energy); engine and power plant emissions monitoring and reduction technology; novel engine configurations such as free-piston engines and the reciprocating Joule cycle engine

Fuel cell and hydrogen technologies:
We are recognised as world leaders in hydrogen storage research. Our work covers the entire range of fuel cell technologies, from high-temperature hydrogen cells to low-temperature microbial fuel cells, and addresses some of the complex challenges which are slowing the uptake and impact of fuel cell technology.
Key areas of research include: biomineralisation; liquid organic hydrides; adsorption onto solid phase, nano-porous metallo-carbon complexes

Sustainable development and use of key resources:
Our research in this area has resulted in the development and commercialisation of novel gasifier technology for hydrogen production and subsequent energy generation.
We have developed ways to produce alternative fuels, in particular a novel biodiesel pilot plant that has attracted an Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) AspenTech Innovative Business Practice Award.
Major funding has been awarded for the development of fuel cells for commercial application and this has led to both patent activity and highly-cited research. Newcastle is a key member of the SUPERGEN Fuel Cell Consortium. Significant developments have been made in fuel cell modelling, membrane technology, anode development and catalyst and fuel cell performance improvements.

Training and Skills

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.

For further information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/energy-mphil-phd/#training&skills

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/energy-mphil-phd/#howtoapply

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