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On-site Renewable Energy Feasibility Investigation - Student Academy

This internship is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Blackburn Yarn Dyers Ltd is a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) based in England’s Northwest with a one-hundred year history operating within the UK textile industry. The company carry out dyeing of yarn using micro-processor-controlled high temperature equipment for the dyeing of a range of textiles including: cotton, cotton blends, nylon, polyester, viscose, linen, cashmere, wool and wool blends. Blackburn Yarn Dyers Ltd supplies to an extensive range of B2B (business-to-business) customers, working with some of the most reputable companies in the clothing and furnishing industry.

As part of the company’s expansion plans, the board of directors has recently decided to undertake a renewable energy feasibility study for the potential benefits that on-site systems will yield. Blackburn Yarn Dyers Ltd has a need for an engineering undergraduate student to conduct this feasibility study taking account of on-site conditions, current technologies, power demands and current grid supply.

The project will include a mixture of on-site visits, communicating with external suppliers as well as engineering/technical based calculations. This role would therefore suit an individual with a pro-active approach to problem-solving and with an interest in exploring how renewable energy generation systems can help support manufacturing companies.

The main outputs will be:
- Gain an understanding of the power consumption and supply to the factory premises in Blackburn;
- Communicate with Swiss OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) on the power demands of new equipment that the company would like to acquire;
- Based on this information (and after undertaking calculations), research the applicability of installing small-scale / micro renewable energy generation devices, primarily considering solar PV and wind turbines;
- Undertake scenario-based calculations taking account of local environmental factors;
- Consider the appropriateness and suitability of on-site storage options;
- Make recommendations to the company on the most appropriate system.

Skills required

• Studying for a degree in engineering or a related discipline
• Excellent communication skills
• Demonstrable time management skills
• A strong interest in developing renewable energy solutions
• Understanding of power engineering

• Experience and/or ability of producing high quality outputs (such as reports) for commercial organisations

Further information


Lancaster Product Development Unit
Lancaster Product Development Unit (LPDU), the knowledge exchange team for Lancaster University's Engineering Department is delivering funded internship opportunities via the SusDRAM:EDA Project (Sustainable Design for Rapid/Additive Manufacturing: Engineering Design Academy). This initiative will provide around 40 paid projects to students from mid-2014 to mid-2015, working on specific projects with small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from England's Northwest. The Engineering Design Academy is funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund.


Lancaster Product Development Unit, , Engineering Department, , Lancaster University, , Lancaster, LA1 4YR

Hourly rate

£6.31 (plus holiday pay)

Closing date

Sun 31st August 2014

Interview date

Wed 10th September 2014