Low carbon district heating PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3.5 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
January 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
05 January 2018



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Project detail

The challenge and pathway to cost effectively decarbonising heat is recognised to be the least defined and most difficult challenge in achieving the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Although predicted to increase, district heating is currently responsible for approximately 2% of heat delivery in the UK.

This project aims to identify and assess the primary options for low/zero carbon district heating in the UK, design an appropriate system, heat generation, distribution and storage for selected urban areas and model how the system would perform.  


Primary supervisor: Philip Eames

Secondary supervisor: Paul Rowley

Find out more

For further project details email Prof Philip Eames or register your interest and ask us a question.

Visit Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology website for further information.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering/Physics or a related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: low carbon technologies, renewable energy systems, distributed energy systems.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This project is funded partly by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) awarded to Loughborough University, and partly by the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Benefits of this DTP-studentship include:

  • A tax-free stipend of £14,553 per annum for 3.5 years. The stipend will increase in line with EPSRC recommended rates.
  • Tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for up to 3.5 years.

Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum residency requirement.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering

Please quote reference number: PE302017

Application details

Reference number: PE302017
Start date: January 2018
Application deadline: 05 January 2018
Interview date: TBC