Highly efficient integrated generation of energy from biomass and waste using MIP gasification and fuel cell technology


3 Year Industry-led Funded Phd: Ref. No. CGE 40

This project will seek to couple fuel cell technology to a novel small-scale microwave induced plasma (MIP) gasification technology to enable the highly efficient generation of heat and power from biomass and waste. The Plasmergy MIP gasification approach enables feedstocks to be thermally converted into a synthetic gas, rich in both hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Whilst gas engines and turbines are candidate technologies for the power generation train, significantly enhanced energy conversion efficiencies can be achieved via coupling with high temperature fuel cells, which allows for better thermal integration. Applicants should have a chemical/mechanical engineering background (or related subject) with laboratory experience.

Industry Partner

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University,  Liverpool John Moores University and Stopford Energy & Environment.  Stopford is an international energy and environment consultancy providing innovative multidisciplinary solutions to a global market. For over 30 years we have been serving the requirements of a multi-national client base from our team of industry leading experts.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will receive £15,000 tax free per year, have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £4,121/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085/year to £12,964/year), become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D, and finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas. This post is subject to confirmation of European Union funding.


Application deadline

24th July 2017

Starting date: September/October 2017