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.
• 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
Lancaster Product Development Unit
Lancaster Product Development Unit, , Engineering Department, , Lancaster University, , Lancaster, LA1 4YR
£6.31 (plus holiday pay)
Sun 31st August 2014
Wed 10th September 2014