PhD international awards in Integrating Sesalination

  • Phd
  • £18,000 p.a.
  • 31 October 2021

Solar thermal desalination from seawater is an attractive option to achieve sustainable water production with minimum/zero liquid discharge. Reducing the cost of desalination is a key for affordability, therefore unitisation of waste heat to drive the thermal desalination is considered. Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) cycles achieve higher efficiency than conventional steam Rankine cycle with a very compact plant footprint, facilitating the capital cost reduction of the concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. This student project will design power cycles using different novel CO2 blends to drive desalination plant, funded by EU-H2020 DESOLINATION project in partnership with Cranfield Industrial PhD partnership scheme.

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Applicants should have a first or upper second-class UK Honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as Chemical/Process Engineering or Mechanical/Renewable/Industrial Engineering. The ideal candidate should have clear understanding on the steady-state and transient modelling of the power plant and programming skills. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with academic community and other stakeholders and have and strong interest for industrial research.


This studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,000 (tax free) plus fees* for three years.

*UK/EU student fee rate

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