Optimisation of geothermal energy extraction
Geothermal energy offers a huge amount of near zero emission energy, with a small ground footprint at extraction. This can be used for power production, heating, drying and energy storage. Existing oil wells can be re-purposed and new geothermal wells designed for optimum extraction for a particular application.
As part of the project you will use numerical modelling to quantify and optimise single and multiple wells usage cycles and accelerate transition from fossil fuels. Collaboration with industry is expected along with some knowledge of numerical methods such as CFD.
Kubačka, J., Tyacke, J. C., Pittman, I., Hindický, M., Karayiannis, T., 2022, Energy availability from deep geothermal wells using coaxial heat exchangers, SET 2022 – 19th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies.
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- Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
- Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
- Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.
This is a self funded topic
Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.
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