The use of hydrogen as a fuel source has the potential to accelerate global de-carbonisation efforts, particularly in hard-to-electrify economic sectors. This project will enable a wider market for hydrogen energy systems by developing new approaches for the quality assurance of hydrogen purity at the production stage or point of supply, as defined by ISO 14687:2019. This will remove barriers to effective and timely hydrogen analysis, facilitate the reliable use of hydrogen from diverse production methods and hence unlock the hydrogen market.
The gas measurement sensitivity required to adequately assess the purity of Hydrogen can currently only be achieved in a laboratory setting, for example the measurement of H2S at ppb-levels. Current testing of fuel gas quality requires samples to be taken at source and sent for analysis which ultimately limits the practicality of Hydrogen as a fuel source. This project will apply novel laser measurement methods to the analysis of the various impurities in hydrogen, to enable the real-time, at-point assurance of hydrogen quality and thus allow fuels from multiple sources to be used with confidence.
In this project the candidate will obtain a grounding in the spectroscopic techniques required to measure the contaminant gases and assess the potential of various novel techniques to improve detection sensitivity. The candidate will then develop selected measurement techniques to demonstrate their use as effective methods of assuring the quality of Hydrogen fuel. The end goal will be to incorporate these techniques into an industrial gas analyser, that can be positioned either at the production source or downstream at the end user site.
Emerson would expect to be able to approve the release of research results dependent on a review of the intellectual property implications of such an action.
The student would be placed at a new Emerson facility in Cumbernauld with access to desk and lab space. The student could expect to split their time evenly between lab & desk work, the project will require a combination of practical lab work and desk-based activities.
CDT Essential Criteria
A Masters level degree (MPhys, MSc) at 2.1 or equivalent.
Desire to work collegiately, be involved in outreach, undertake taught and professional skills study.
Project Desirable Criteria
Experience working in a lab environment
Comfortable working with hazardous and/or toxic gases (training will be provided)
Comfortable working with lasers
Comfortable conducting fieldwork
Comfortable with international travel