The project BEST (Belgian Energy SysTem) studies the contribution of electro- and synthetic energy carriers to the security of supply of Belgium. The development of a holistic model will provide a deep insight in the role of these carriers in the energy system, as well as their energy and economic costs. The key issues of the uncertainties on the current state and the future of the system will be analyzed through a robust optimization approach. The impact of the integration of these carriers on the electricity grid is included in the study as well as several ways to improve the total efficiency of the use of these renewable fuels for different applications.
The project, funded by SPF Economie “Energy Transition Fund”, is a collaboration between five universities: UCLouvain, UGent, ULB, UMONS and VUB.
Description of the PhD
The PhD student will characterise the combustion of e-fuels at laboratory scale, using the infrastructure of ULB. A number of combustion systems are available at ULB and UMONS and they included two reverse-flow rectangular combustion chamber and a transparent cylindrical combustion chamber. Both facilities can be fuelled with a variety of e-fuel mixtures. Moreover, high-fidelity experimental measurement equipment is available to fully characterise the combustion process, both globally (probes, gas analysers) and locally (laser diagnostics). Numerical simulations will complement the experimental activity, allowing to develop a predictive model applicable at larger scale. Finally, tests will be carried out in the available commercially mGTs, installed at VUB or at UMONS.
Description of Team
This offer will be for a joint PhD between ULB and UMons. The primary contract will be with ULB and the candidate will receive a PhD from both institutions.
The supervisor at ULB is Prof. Alessandro Parente. The research interests of Prof. Parente are in the fields of turbulent/chemistry interaction in turbulent combustion and reduced-order combustion models, non-conventional fuels and pollutant formation in combustion systems, novel combustion technologies (flameless and oxy-fuel), numerical simulation of atmospheric boundary layer flows, and validation and uncertainty quantification in computational fluid dynamics.
The UMONS supervisor is Prof. Ward De Paepe. The research activities of Prof. De Paepe are focussed on the development of highly operational and fuel flexible, carbon-neutral small-scale co-generation units, with a focus on micro gas turbines, for use in a decentralised energy production process.
Starting date: March 2020
End date: February 2024
Location: ULB and UMONS (Belgium)
Salary: 1850€ (approximate net income)
Profile: Candidates should be proficient in English, motivated and well aware of the energy context. Experience in programming (ideally Python), uncertainty quantifications, or techno-economic analysis would improve the ranking.
Application: applications should contain a letter of motivation, a letter of recommendation, a short analysis of the project idea (max one page), and a short video (2 minutes max) explaining why we should hire the candidate. The application package should be sent to and email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the project: www.best-energy.be
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|Title||PhD position - Characterization of the combustion of e-fuels in advanced technologies|
|Employer||Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)|
|Job location||Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50, 1050 Brussels|
|Published||February 10, 2020|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Energy Technology,   Energy Economics,   Renewable Energy  |