Funded PhD Opportunity Reversible Heat Pump/Organic Rankine Cycle

This opportunity is now closed.

This project is funded by: UU Scholarship for EPSRC Lot-net

Subjects: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning and Architecture, Built Environment and Planning


The aim of LoT-NET is to prove a cost-effective near-zero emissions solution for heating and cooling that realises the huge potential of waste heat and renewable energies by utilising a combination of a low-cost low-loss flexible heat distribution network together with novel input, output and storage technologies. Building on the development of 5th generation low temperature heat networks, Ulster University will develop a combined heat pump/organic Rankine Cycle for either heat to power or power to heat applications through its unique reversible characteristics. Cycle simplification and understanding compressor abilities to operate as a pump (ORC mode) leaving the turbine/expander to operate in one direction will facilitate maximum flexibility between combined (thermal/electricity) energy systems and will focus on turbine/expander and compressor/pump development.

Methodology: High temperature applications (new working fluids and compressor lubrication strategies) and reversible heat pump/Organic Rankine Cycle will require a new test facility addressing compressor/turbine development and flexibility through compressor/pump and expander/turbine operations).

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology


This project is funded by: UU Scholarship for EPSRC Lot-net

    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.

UU Scholarship for EPSRC Lot-NET

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Friday 21 June 2019
Interview Date
28 June 2019


Jordanstown campus

Jordanstown campus
The largest of Ulster's campuses

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Professor Neil Hewitt

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