PhD Fellowship Salts: Advanced development of inorganic salt mixtures and nano-fluids as thermal energy storage (TES) materials for concentrated solar power (CSP) application.


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    Jun 26, 2015


CIC Energigune is an energy research centre based in the Basque Country of Spain. The mission of CIC Energigune is to play a leading role on the international stage in the field of energy storage technologies and contribute to the industrial competitiveness of Basque Country.

The thermal energy storage group of CIC Energigune is focused on the research of different classes of materials for thermal energy storage application. The goal is to identify the most promising candidates for a future application in concentrated solar power plants and in industrial waste heat recovery.

We are now inviting applications for a Ph.D position in the group of materials development and characterization group of Thermal Energy Storage area.

Ph.D project description:

The development of thermal energy storage (TES) systems has become an interesting way to upgrade the concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies. TES systems help to extend the power generation during low irradiance periods or at night allowing the decoupling of the solar radiation and electricity production times. Currently, the TES technologies are mainly based on sensible heat storage in the double tank concept using inorganic salts as storage media. These inorganic salts are not only the most used materials for sensible heat storage (Solar Slat) in commercial CSP plants but also the most promising materials for latent heat storage applications. Enhancing their thermophysical properties can largely improve the thermodynamic cycle efficiency of the TES system and consequently achieving a significant electricity cost reduction.

The aim of this Ph.D work is to develop new inorganic salt mixtures with low melting, high decomposition temperature and improved thermophysical properties such as specific heat, latent heat and thermal conductivity, etc.

Qualification requirements:

We are looking for candidates preferably with a master degree in Chemistry, Physics, or other scientific disciplines in a related field or equivalency required. Good knowledge of English is required.


All applicants are invited to submit a detailed curriculum vitae and a motivation letter through the webpage of CIC Energigune (

Dea dline:

The selection process ends once a candidate is selected.

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