Become an industrial partner
The Sustainable Hydrogen (SusHy) Centre for Doctoral Training, which is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) brings together world-leading experts from the University of Nottingham and our partners at the universities of Birmingham, Loughborough and Ulster.
Our research priorities
- Low-carbon generation of hydrogen
- The storage and distribution of hydrogen
- Hydrogen safety
- Energy systems
- End use, including the social, economic and business aspects
How to get involved
We want to work closely with businesses and would love you to be more involved with our work. Here is how you could do this.
- Co-create research projects and collaborate on a PhD project
A part funded studentship could undertake research of value to your organisation. There would be regular contact with an you as an industrial supervisor and we would encourage part of the project to be undertaken in your organisation. In-kind support is also valued, this could be in the form of access to data, facilities or expertise.
- Contribute to a stakeholder challenge workshop
Give a team of our students a real life challenge to tackle. Allow them to come up with solutions for challenges you are currently facing. This will involve working with the CDT to set and deliver the challenge to the student team(s) as well as having a small panel from the organisation to assess the proposed solution.
- Provide mentoring
Become an Industrial mentor for a PhD student and meet 3 or 4 times a year to provide career mentorship which could involve working towards a Chartership. You could act as one of the Industry Mentors for the Energy Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (EnergyYES - a week long training course for the students)
- Host secondments
Host a short visit to your organisation which may be related to the student’s PhD project, or maybe give a student some experience in real working environment. Advise on and/or contribute to the training programme for ‘Industry Ready’ doctorates. Give advice on the skills the sector needs and provide the training. Contribute to case studies or to training activities by speaking to our students.
Get in touch
Start the conversation and contact us with any questions you have or let us know what you can do to get involved.
Further information about our work
Our overarching objectives
- Deliver high quality transdisciplinary training, covering fundamental science, applied engineering, systems issues and build an appreciation of societal barriers to innovation.
- In partnership with our stakeholders, create research ideas and undertake cutting edge investigations of hydrogen-based solutions to deep decarbonisation of the energy system.
- Build initiative and stimulate an entrepreneurial mind-set through innovation
- Deliver “industry ready” doctorates who have a comprehensive skill set and experiences.
Our research themes
The challenges for future hydrogen research can be grouped into four themes:
- Cost reduction:
- Improving the efficiency and resilience of generation
- Storage and gas upgrade technologies
- Utilising low cost or waste resources e.g. agri-waste and recycling of critical elements
- Systems level and multisectoral innovations:
- System-level optimisation
- Harmonisation of standards across generation, purification and distribution
- Unlocking tangential market opportunities
- Innovative safety strategies and engineering solutions
- Inherently safer engineering designs
- Regulation, codes and standards
- Managing change:
- Technical, For example, the impact of hydrogen on infrastructure and appliances
- Societal, For example, building public confidence in hydrogen technologies
- Economics, For example, reducing economic shock through hydrogen-ready appliances
- Political, For example, public procurement to promote assurance for new markets