CO2 capture technology for submarines

The deep oceans are the last real frontier of exploration on earth. In order to provide a safe environment for humans to operate, the CO2 present in the air in submarines has to be maintained below strict limits. The project is aimed at the development of a technology that can be used to provide a capture process that can be regenerated on-board with a low energy requirement, thus extending the time that small submarines can be deployed safely at depth. The potential candidate will join the carbon capture group and have access to state-of-the-art experimental and modelling facilities:

The plan is to review both temperature and pressure swing adsorption processes and investigate the range of pressures and temperatures under which either option is viable. Various adsorbent materials will be considered, given the wide range of pressures/depths that are of practical interest. Two case studies will be investigated in detail with process simulations based on the group’s Cysim adsorption software tool. Based on the results an analysis of the energy and size requirements for the technology will be carried out and an evaluation of the future potential of the approach will be discussed.

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, ideally Chemical Engineering, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. English Language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Strong candidates may be considered for full EPSRC funding - open to UK/EU candidates only. Further information and other funding options.

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