Development of Wind and Solar Electrolyser Technologies for Green Hydrogen and Ammonia Production

In this PhD research project, a combined wind turbine and solar panels fitted with an electrolyser (either proton-exchange membrane (PEM) type or other type) will be investigated to generate hydrogen and ammonia in economical and sustainable ways.

To evaluate the combined effect of wind turbine and solar panels with an electrolyser on hydrogen and ammonia production quantitatively, a mathematical simulation model-based technology will be required to develop. The technology and evaluation will combine techno-economic and life-cycle assessment models based on process engineering principles, solar and wind energy systems and instrumentation techniques.

A scholarship package totalling approximately $45,000 per annum over four years.

One (1) scholarship is available.

The student must:
a)    be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident, or a New Zealand citizen;
b)    meet host university PhD admission requirements;
c)    meet university English Language Requirements;
d)    not have previously completed a PhD;
e)    be able to commence the Program in the year of the offer;
f)    enrol as a full-time PhD student; and,
g)    be prepared to be located at the project location(s) that the host university has approved and, if required, comply with the host university’s external enrolment procedures.

a)    Applicants are required to submit an expression of interest (EOI)
b)    The EOI is assessed by the supervisory team and shortlisted applicants are interviewed
c)    The supervisory team nominates a preferred applicant
d)    The nominated applicant will be instructed to apply

Please note, some projects may still be in contracting phases and there is no guarantee for the position until the formal collaboration agreement between the parties is in place. Nominated applicants will be notified as to when this occurs.   

e)    The application is then be assessed by the host university against PhD admission criteria.
f)    The university will issue a letter of offer for the program if all conditions have been satisfied

Applications are now open.


13 January 2023

Student with an Engineering Degree, preferably Chemical/Mechanical Engineering with flows.

Project Specific Information:
Prof Firoz Alam. School of Engineering, email:, phone 03 9925 6103

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