18 Months, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post
MaREI is a key research centre within UCC’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI), which is an internationally recognised Institute for environmental research dedicated to the understanding and protection of our natural environment and to developing innovative technologies, tools and services to facilitate a transformation to a zero carbon and resource efficient society. The MaREI Centre is an SFI funded research centre headquartered in the ERI and includes 13 other Universities and Third Level Institutes from across Ireland, has 50 industrial partners and has accumulated research funding of approximately €60m. It combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners, with the shared mission of solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges across the climate, energy and marine spaces. MaREI is also funded by SEAI, EI, EPA, ERDF, EU, HEA, Marine Institute, DCCAE and IRC, as well as through contributions from our industry partners. Researchers in the MaREI Centre have over 30 years of experience in conducting fundamental and applied research supported by competitively won national and international funding, and commercial contracts with government agencies and industry. MaREI’s strengths lie in the multi-disciplinary nature of its research teams, allowing it to combine insights across areas such as MRE Technologies, Materials & Structures, Observations & Operations, Coastal & Marine Systems, Bioenergy, Energy Policy & Modelling and Renewable Energy Management.
Ireland has one of the world’s best offshore wind resources with high potential for offshore wind farm (OWF) development. However, using future electricity demand forecast, contributions by other renewables and maximum export capacity via interconnectors, a cumulative OWF capacity of only 6 – 12% and 15 – 20% of the total technical potential can be deployed in 2030 and 2040, respectively, whereas, in the recent shares of total energy supply, oil accounts for around 45 – 48%, natural gas 30%, and only around 10% was from renewables. Therefore, there is an opportunity for green hydrogen generated by electrolysis from OWFs in Ireland to partly replace the use of oil and natural gas, to contribute to security of energy supply, to reduce of GHG emissions, and to serve export markets. These opportunities will be quantified in the industry-led collaborative project H-Wind (Hydrogen from offshore Wind) at the MaREI Centre.
The H-Wind project has been built upon the completed EirWind project (www.marei.ie/project/eirwind/) and consultation with the industry partners and experts, and will look at hydrogen production from OWFs, customer value chain, policy recommendations, and procedures for hydrogen safety, and develop concepts for scalable and optimised offshore wind – hydrogen hubs suitable to the Irish, Celtic and Atlantic Seas. H-Wind will facilitate the delivery of the MaREI Centre vision to position Ireland as a global leader in energy, climate and marine.
The Research Support Officer will conduct innovative research of the H-Wind project under the direction of the project’s Principal Investigator Dr Paul Leahy in collaboration with other technical advisors and industry experts. The research is expected to support the development and validation of mathematical and integrated models for offshore wind – hydrogen hubs, and to develop element models including balance of plant, platforms, power cables, and storage. The researcher will also support other aspects including project management and communications, engagement with stakeholders, safety requirements, and policy recommendations.
Project Title: H-Wind (Hydrogen from offshore wind)
Post Duration: 18 Months
Salary: €39,260 p.a. (Personal Rate)
For an information package including further details of the post see https://ore.ucc.ie/.
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Paul Leahy, Lecturer in Wind Energy, Email: email@example.com , Phone: +353 21 4864300.
Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https://ore.ucc.ie/). Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the job-title and project name.
Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 26 November 2021. No late applications will be accepted.
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|Close Date :||26-Nov-2021 12:00|