The next step will be to develop a holistic model to simulate the nature of water-energy nexus in various climate change and anthropogenic pressure scenarios. This will underpin the research to investigate the social and environmental impacts of changes to the nature of the nexus in the future. The outcome of this research is expected to be a decision support framework based on simulation models to quantify and analyse the trade-offs associated with the nexus under various scenarios. The developed framework may ideally be applied to a case study area to prove its versatility. Additionally, this research is expected to have positive societal impacts through identification and promotion of sustainable practices for water and energy use. Key components of this will include stakeholder engagement, and consideration of climate change and energy and water supply security.
About the researchEnergy Systems Integration Partnership Program (ESIPP - http://www.esipp.ie/) is an €11 million capacity building project co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland, industry and philanthropic donation. Energy systems have evolved over decades from individual energy devices and small sub- systems, into a complex set of systems, both physical (e.g. electricity grids, gas networks, etc.), institutional (e.g. regulatory and economic) and at all scales (e.g. from individual buildings to continental scale). These systems are increasingly integrated physically (e.g. combined heat and power and electric vehicles), institutionally (e.g. gas/electricity markets), across scales (e.g. demand side management in power grids) and across various sectors (water production and supply). Energy Systems Integration (ESI) is focussed on the interfaces between these systems where there are new challenges and opportunities requiring research, demonstration and deployment to reap the commercial and societal benefits. The researchers will join a highly dynamic, international research cluster performing leading edge research on sustainable infrastructure, water and wastewater engineering and infrastructure modelling. The research team, affiliated with IRUSE, the Ryan Institute of Environment, Marine and Energy, has strong connections with leading industry and academic institutions across Europe and around the world and performs research in areas that include: Water supply, water and wastewater treatment
- Energy systems engineering;
- Systems integration and optimisation;
- Development of novel, sustainable environmental technologies;
- Social and economic aspects of energy and water systems, water-energy nexus;
- Environmental life cycle assessment
- https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eoghan_Clifford; https://www.nuigalway.ie/ryaninstitute/
Stipend€ 18,000 per annum & fees for 4 years.
Entry RequirementsThe candidate is expected to possess strong engineering and analytical skills in order to develop the model framework. Applicants from a variety of engineering backgrounds will be considered for this position. Key criteria are as follows:
- A minimum honours bachelor’s degree in Civil, Environmental, Mechanical or Energy Systems Engineering (Level 8 honours degree or higher;
- Applicants should have a strong background in statistical modelling and data analysis;
- Programming and knowledge in numerical tools;
- Strong communication and technical writing skill;
- Aptitude for taking initiative and working independently;
- Fluency in both written and spoken English.