PhD Studentship - Global distribution, costs and shipment of Green Hydrogen
Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering
Location: Boldrewood Campus
Closing Date: Sunday 31 July 2022
Supervisory Team: Dominic Hudson
In response to the climate crisis and to tackle global warming through
reducing emissions, we must decarbonise the world's energy. This will see a
reduction in transport of oil and gas, but it is highly likely that future
energy sources will need to be transported around the globe. Hydrogen is one
potential future energy source. Hydrogen has a low volumetric energy density
and is thus likely to require large ships for transport.
For a truly zero-Carbon economy, Hydrogen should be produced using renewable
sources of electricity via electrolysis, referred to as ‘Green Hydrogen'.
During a transition to sufficiently abundant renewable energy, it may be that
Hydrogen is produced from natural gas using steam-reforming with associated
Carbon Dioxide emissions captured and stored (or utilised), referred to as
‘Blue Hydrogen'. Even if such Hydrogen is renewably produced, the distribution
of renewable resources (supply) and energy consumption (demand) are not
globally even and are unlikely to always coincide.
This project will investigate the likely supply chains of Hydrogen as the
world transitions to its widespread use and from Blue to Green production
methods, including the demand for shipment in terms of number, size and speed
of suitable vessels. Alongside this, the distribution and energy costs of
shipment/transhipment should be considered, as should future projects of the
costs of different production and shipping methods. Depending on your
background, this project has the potential to be truly multi-disciplinary and
would then work across Engineering and the Business School.
You will work closely with our industrial partner, Shell Shipping and Maritime
and this research has the potential to significantly influence the energy
transition for global shipping as it moves towards zero-Carbon fuels. There
are opportunities to spend time with Shell Shipping and Maritime as part of
your PhD studies. The PhD will contribute to the research of the Centre for
Maritime Futures at the University.
If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact
Dominic Hudson, Maritime Engineering Group, Email: email@example.com, Tel:
+44 (0) 2380 59 2306.
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its
Closing date : applications should be received no later than 31 July
2022 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered
depending on the funds remaining in place.
Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £18,000 tax-free
per annum for up to 3.5 years.
How To Apply
Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research),
2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD
Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form
you should insert the name of the supervisor Dominic Hudson
Applications should include :
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
Apply online: https: // www. southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org