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Data analysis of a bio-diesel production plant to drive system efficiencies and quality assurance

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

Biosel Ltd is a company based in Warrington, Northwest England, that specialise in the development of bio-materials from waste products for a range of applications. The company have a batch-process manufacturing system to convert unwanted waste oils into bio-diesel and bio-heat products. As well as supplying business to business (B2B), the company is keen to develop innovations in-house as well as enhancing the robustness of its quality assurance process.

The overall purpose of the role is to undertake a quality assurance investigation to drive maximum efficiencies in the current and future process operations of the business. This will largely involve chemical engineering analysis of the biofuel from different points in the manufacturing process. Such investigations will be carried out to determine different chemical properties, related to fatty acid methyl esters (FAME). The chemicals testing should be carried out to EN 14 214, the European Standard that describes the requirements and test methods for FAME.

The main outputs will be:
- Undertake site visits as appropriate to understand the processes taking place
- Carry out chemical testing based on EN 14 214, reporting on specific property values
- Collate data sets and interpret these accordingly, recording in an industry-standard format
- Provide scientific reasoning as to any proposed modifications that should be implemented
- Make recommendations as to any overall system efficiencies that can be identified
- Collation of all data, analyses and recommendations in a report to be provided to the company at the end of the project

Skills required

Essential
• Studying for a degree in engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related discipline
• Excellent analytical skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Demonstrable time management skills
• Good problem solver / innovator

Desirable
• Understanding of transesterification
• Experience of producing high quality outputs (such as reports) for commercial organisations

Further information

Organisation

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.

Location

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

Hourly rate

£6.31 (plus holiday pay)

Closing date

Tue 2nd September 2014

Interview date

Tue 9th September 2014