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Funded PhD Scholarship, NUI Galway, Ireland
Project Title: Use of water and energy analytics to optimise energy demand in industrial facilities
Supervisor: Dr. Eoghan Clifford  
Duration: Funded for 4 years (Structured PhD), full-time.
About the research:
ESIPP”, is an €11m capacity building project co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland, industry and philanthropic donation. Energy systems have evolved over decades from individual energy devices and small sub- systems into a complex set of systems, both physical (e.g. electricity grids, gas networks, etc.), institutional (e.g. regulatory and economic) and at all scales (e.g. from individual buildings to continental scale). These systems are increasingly integrated physically (e.g. combined heat and power and electric vehicles), institutionally (e.g. gas/electricity markets) and across scales (e.g. demand side management in power grids). Energy Systems Integration (ESI) is focussed on the interfaces between these systems where there are new challenges and opportunities requiring research, demonstration and deployment to reap the commercial and societal benefits.
The researchers will join a highly dynamic, international research cluster performing leading edge research on sustainable infrastructure, water and wastewater engineering and infrastructure modelling. The research team, affiliated with IRUSE, the Ryan Institute of Environment, Marine and Energy, has strong connections with leading industry and academic institutions across Europe and around the world and performs research in areas that include:
•                     Water supply, water and wastewater treatment
•                     Energy systems engineering
•                     Systems integration and optimisation
•                     Development of novel, sustainable environmental technologies
•                     Environmental life cycle assessment
The researchers will work directly with colleagues in the school of business at UCD and mechanical and manufacturing engineering at DCU as part of this project.
Project description:
Fluctuations in demand for electricity, gas and water in industrial manufacturing should be driven by production processes. This is true in high-value industries (such as microelectronics or pharmaceutical) and in low-margin industries (e.g. food processing). However, consumption on fine timescales (hours and days) is generally not well correlated with production output due to the number of manufacturing steps and the facilities overhead (e.g. Heating-Ventilation-Air-Conditioning, water). As a result, within industrial facilities, there is often a large gap between energy best practice and reality on the ground. The ineffective use of resources (energy and water) is further exacerbated by the highly dynamic nature of the consumption within the plant leading to inefficient energy consumption patterns in production cells and support facilities (e.g. in onsite water treatment). This PhD will (i) develop a generally applicable tool which can be used to develop dynamic models of energy and resource (focusing on water assets) consuming industrial plant and (ii) facilitate the characterisation of facilities allowing scenarios of energy and resource optimisation (in particular water) and plant control to be explored and simulated.
Stipend:   € 18,000 per annum & fees for 4 years.
Entry Requirements:
Applicants from a variety of backgrounds (including engineering and social science) will be considered for this position. Key criteria are as follows:
1.       A minimum honours bachelor’s degree (Level 8 honours degree or higher) in civil, control systems, energy systems or mechanical engineering
2.       Applicants should have a strong background in statistical modelling and data analysis.
3.       Strong communication and technical writing skills
4.       Aptitude for taking initiative and working independently
5.       A strong interest in sustainability and consumer interaction with technology.
6.       Fluency in both written and spoken English
7.       Demonstrate previous relevant experience with project work in this area
Informal inquiries:
The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Eoghan Clifford - http://www.nuigalway.ie/engineering-informatics/civil-engineering/people/iris/eoghanclifford/ and Dr. Marcus Keane - http://www.nuigalway.ie/iruse/marcuskeane.html. Informal inquiries can be made to Dr. Clifford and Dr. Keane.
Expected start date: August/September 2016
How to apply:
Applicants should send a covering letter detailing why they believe they would be suitable for the position being applied for, a detailed CV and the names and addresses of at least three referees via e-mail (in Word or PDF format only) to: sean.mulligan@nuigalway.ie. Applicants must put Ref. No. NUIG/ESIPP-PhD2 in subject line of e-mail application.
Closing date for applications: 17:00 Friday, 15th July, 2016
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