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Master thesis: Assessment of the technical and economic potential for hydrogen storage in underground cavities

Advertising institute: IEK-3 - Electrochemical Process Engineering
Reference number: D108/2017, Geological engineering, geoscience, geophysics, georesources management, mining engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering

Start of work: at once/by arrangement

Background
In the light of shrinking fossil energy reserves and the international climate protection goals a further massive expansion of renewable energies (wind turbines and photovoltaic power plants in particular) is considered as indispensable. Their fluctuating occurrence requires further developed solutions of energy storage on an industrial scale. For this purpose the conversion of electricity to hydrogen by means of electrolysis, also referred to as power to gas, offers a promising technical solution by which reductions of CO2 in further energy sectors such as the transport sector can be achieved at the same time. Thereby the usage of hydrogen is very promising to store fluctuating renewable energy.

At the IEK-3 international energy concepts are developed to convert surplus energy from intermittent renewable energy sources into hydrogen and transfer it to other energy sectors like mobility or industry. In this regard an international hydrogen infrastructure is of vital significance. Due to regions of energy excess on the one hand and regions with a higher energy demand, a worldwide solution is required to achieve an economically reasonable usage of hydrogen. For this purpose underground cavities are regarded to be promising facilities for long-term hydrogen storage.

Your task
Within the scope of this thesis the technical and economic potential of underground cavities for large-scale hydrogen storage in Europe and a selection of non-European countries are supposed to be identified. Therefore a criteria list of technical, economic and ecological parameters is to be set up to select suitable underground cavity sites like salt caverns. In addition to this, existing natural gas and oil salt cavern sites in the respective countries are to be considered and identified as well.

The objective of the thesis is to build up a geo-referenced module (preferably in Python) to assess the opportunities of hydrogen storage in underground cavities in the previously mentioned countries. With regard to economic considerations and ecological aspects the assessment is topped off with a determination of the scenario-based storage requirement for the above mentioned countries.

The following tasks are to be dealt with in the course of a master thesis:

  • Working out a criteria list for the selection of underground cavities as hydrogen storage facilities with regard to technical, economic and ecological aspects
  • Research of existing salt caverns used for the storage of natural gas or oil
  • Building up a geo-referenced module to assess the hydrogen storage potential in Europe and a selection of non-European countries
  • Determination of the scenario-based storage requirement for the investigated countries

Your profile

  • Very good academic records in geological engineering, geoscience, geophysics, georesources management, mining engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering or a comparable field
  • Interest in energy storage systems and future energy markets
  • High individual motivation, good analytical skills and fluent command of English
  • Experience of programming in GIS and Python desirable

Our offer

  • A pleasant working environment within a highly competent, international team in one of the most prestigious research facilities in Europe
  • You will be remunerated, supported by top-end scientific and technical infrastructure as well as closely guided by experts
  • You will have the opportunity to work with keen researchers from various scientific fields and be part of designing the future European energy system

Contact

Dilara Caglayan
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3)
Jülich Research Center
52425 Jülich

E-Mail: d.caglayan@fz-juelich.de
Tel. 02461 61-5396
http://www.fz-juelich.de/iek/iek-3/EN

Philipp Heuser
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3)
Jülich Research Center
52425 Jülich

E-Mail: p.heuser@fz-juelich.de
Tel. 02461 61-9742
http://www.fz-juelich.de/iek/iek-3/EN


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