Postdoc Energy-Pads: the development of thermochemical storage (V35.2869)

Postdoc Energy-Pads: the development of thermochemical storage

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has a vacancy for a PostDoc Energy Pads: the development of thermochemical storage as a valuable product in the market at the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Position
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Departments
Department of Mechanical Engineering
FTE
1,0
Date off
30/04/2017
Reference number
V35.2869

Job description

Introduction

For quite some time thermochemical heat storage is seen as a promising concept. The advantages of this concept are that heat can be stored almost loss-free and its high energy density compared to other techniques like sensible heat storage and heat storage using phase-change materials. However, the concept is also facing some drawbacks like stability issues of the materials used, the difficulty in using standard batch reactors, no flexibility in the charging/discharging process, a cumbersome production process and too high system costs.

Goal of the project

The goal of the project is to make thermochemical storage feasible for the market. To this end Energy-Pads™ and energy-Stacks will be developed which will result in a cost-effective solution for a heat battery, which is flexible employable and can be manufactured on a commercial basis. This heat battery will have a high reliability and a long lifespan.

Brief description of the activities

The goal of the project is as follows:

  1. To design, to construct and to test Energy-Pads™ and Energy-Stacks;
  2. To develop supporting tools to model and to design Energy-Pads™ and Energy-Stacks;
  3. To design the accompanying production process for Energy-Pads™ and Energy-Stacks;
  4. To show the feasibility of a heat battery based on Energy-Pads™ and Energy-Stacks.

The consortium partners are:

ArtEnergy working on energy efficiency in the built environment: http://www.artenergy.nl/

De Beijer RTB having year of knowledge and experience in the development and marketing of innovative renewable and energy-saving products: http://www.ares-rtb.nl/

Energy Technology group of TU/e with lots of expertise in fundamental- and applied-oriented research on heat storage solutions: https://www.tue.nl/

Result

The results of this project are functioning Energy-Pads™ and Energy–stacks, and validated supporting design tools. Besides the functionality of a heat battery will be demonstrated in the form of a proof-of-concept. Insight is gained into the production technology of Energy-Pads™ and Energy–Stacks. These project results are an important intermediate step in the realization of a mature thermochemical energy storage system.

Post-doc position

The post-doc will mainly contribute to goal number 2, i.e. developing supporting tools to model and to design Energy-Pads™ and Energy-Stacks using lab experiments and COMSOL Multiphysics calculations. He/she will also supervise master students in their final end project.

Job requirements

We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:

  1. A doctoral degree in the field in Physics, Computational Science or Engineering
  2. A doctoral degree in the field in of sustainable energy technology in general or heat storage more specific is a plus;
  3. A good background in fluid mechanics, computer simulations, and programming techniques;
  4. Excellent communication skills and written/verbal knowledge of the English language;
  5. Previous experience with Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations.

Conditions of employment

We offer:

  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university.
  • Full-time employment by the Eindhoven University of Technology.
  • A position for a period of 1 years.
  • The gross monthly salary is in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (scale 10), depending on your experience.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including excellent work facilities, childcare, moving expenses, sports facilities, an extra holiday allowance (8%, May), and an end-of-year bonus (8.3% December). 

Information and application

Questions regarding the academic content of the position can be directed to dr.ir. C.C.M. Rindt(c.c.m.rindt@tue.nl).

Other information can be obtained from Susan Opgenoorth, HR department (s.g.j.opgenoorth@tue.nl).

To apply, please use the 'apply now'-button at the top or at the end of this page. Application documents (in PDF format) must contain: letter of motivation, detailed curriculum vitae, transcripts of BSc and MSc grades and PhD diploma (or information on the expected date PhD completion) and contact information of at least two potential referees.