A Researcher on Hydrogen Techno Economic Assessment

Workplace

The Centre on Sustainable Energy (SE) supports the development of devices and methods for generating, storing, and distributing energy solutions with low environmental impact. It is done from the perspective of energy sustainability, systems and solutions that respect the environment and the quality of life, and solutions with a lower impact on health and environmental pollution levels. The ground for the Centre on "Sustainable Energy" is based on the Decarbonization targets, which will demand more flexibility of the energy system through new gas and power grids and using energy vectors and storage solutions as enablers for the broad penetration of renewables.

The HYdrogen Technologies and Resilient Energy Systems unit (HyRES)  is a dedicated research and development unit at the forefront of advancing hydrogen technology and resilient energy systems. With a primary focus on hydrogen, the unit works diligently to innovate the future energy grid, making it more intelligent and capable of integrating renewable sources. Ensuring energy resilience and security is a central goal, particularly in collaboration with industrial partners. Its research encompasses various aspects, including hydrogen production, storage and final uses, all with the overarching aim of reducing the carbon footprint of energy systems and positively impacting the energy market, making it more sustainable and secure for the future. 

HYRES unit is involved in the following European projects and industrial consultancy: 

  • AMETHYST

A new energy vector, hydrogen (H2), has many advantages to be a key player in the energy transition. Easily produced by renewable electricity, it can be used for many purposes: mobility, industries, operations in tourist areas. AMETHyST overall objective is to support the deployment of local Alpine green hydrogen ecosystems where several green H2 applications are combined on a geographical area with high potential for H2. This project will pave the way to the implementation of Alpine Hydrogen Valleys and an Alpine post-carbon lifestyle, through the raising of capacities and understanding of public authorities and implementation of pilot projects, with the support of sectoral agencies and innovation clusters..

  • HYMANTOVALLEY

HYMANTOVALLEY aims to demonstrate the decarbonization of a quite air-polluted area in Europe lying in the Italian Padany Plain (Pianura Padana) by building a replicable green H2 ecosystem implemented as an integrated model of hydrogen production, storage, transportation and utilization for heat, power and mobility, including the development and use of hydrogen-fed and zero-emissions ships, trains, buses and buildings. The project plans to involve European and local communities and industries in producing clean energy while creating synergies with other regional innovation ecosystems through knowledge exchange and utilising existing European hydrogen-based technologies. HYMANTOVALLEY is going to develop an H2 value chain model in a unique tri-modal transport and logistics system (inland water, rail and road) laying in the heart of Italy and near two corridors of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), plus building a European Centre of Applied Research and Advanced Training on hydrogen focused on the optimization and innovation of the hydrogen value chain and managed by relevant universities.

  • NHYRA (CHE project, starting in 2024) 

The project will deliver an "H2 releases" inventory to serve as a reference for the scientific and industrial community. New or adequately adapted experimental, theoretical, and simulation methodologies will be validated to perform laboratory or in-field measurements to achieve the ambitious goal. Experimental tests will also be performed on the most critical elements of the H2 value chains by the partners of the Consortium. A complete picture of the H2 releases' scenarios in the middle (2030) and long (2050) term will be developed to enable decision-makers to identify and prioritise practical mitigation actions. Finally, the project will formulate recommendations for Standards and Technical Specifications. 

  • HYPER (CUP di progetto F79J22001380004)

The Italian PNRR project aims to develop, with related application testing, high-performance logistics pressure for the hydrogen energy carrier (gas tube trailer with 550 bar). 

  • Industrial consultant concerning engineering aspects or design review of H2 plant. 
 

Job Description

HyRES unit is looking for a researcher specialised in the simulation on H2 sector  who will support the projects and activities mentioned above with the following activities:

  • Development of customised code for Tecno Economics Assessment and Evaluation.
  • Database creation for cost of component and system based on H2 technologies, including the definition of learning cost curves. 
  • Collaborate and coordinate activities on Tecno Economics Assessment
  • Participate and collaborate with the engineering team to validate cost and technical model.
  • Gathering data and development of a database for the simulation team.
  • Produce reports, deliverables, and technical reviews.
  • Participate and/or lead the writing of scientific papers and patents.
  • Participate in the preparation of the project's proposal.

 

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate should have:

  • MSc in Energy engineering or similar.
  • Know-how in code development applied to physics problems (H2 system and components).
  • Experiences on Techno economic assessments.
  • Familiarity with economic KPI (capex, opex, deprecations, etc..)
  • Good modelling practices, attention to detail and commitment to verification/validation.
  • Proven experience in the Hydrogen sector focuses on hydrogen production technology (electrolyzer, methane cracking and SMR), hydrogen handling (transport, distribution, and storage) and hydrogen uses (burner, boiler, fuel cell, etc).
  • Teamwork approach, good communication and relational skills.
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Self-motivation and result orientation
 

Furthermore, the following elements will be positively evaluated:

  • Familiarty with Python.
  • PhD in the topic related to the job opportunity or equivalent research experience related to the topic.


Employment

Type of contract: Fixed Term Contract 

Working hours: full time  

Gross annual salary: range from € 36.200 to € 41.400 depending on background and expertise of the profile related to the scientific domain

Start date: May 2024

Duration: 24 months

Workplace: Povo - Trento

Benefits: flexi-time, company subsidized cafeteria or meal vouchers, internal car park, welcome office support for visa formalities, accommodation, supplementary pension and health funds, training courses, public transport, sports facilities, language course fees. Further details at https://www.fbk.eu/en/work-with-us/

 


Application:
Interested candidates must submit their application by completing the online form   (https://jobs.fbk.eu/). Please make sure that your application contains the following attachments (in pdf format):

 
  • Detailed CV
  • Cover Letter (explaining your motivation for this specific position)
  • At least 2 professional references (e-mails and/or phone numbers)
 

Application deadline: 17/04/2024
New application deadline: 30/04/2024

  

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For further information, please contact the Human Resources Services at jobs@fbk.eu


 
Recruitment Type
Standard
Business Unit
Centro Sustainable Energy
Locations
Science and Technology Hub - Trento