Posted Wednesday 14 May 2014
The SafeLNG programme will support the training of six early stage doctoral researchers and aims to make significant breakthroughs in our understanding of the safe transport, storage and use of liquified natural gas.
In the context of rising energy costs, climate change and the geopolitical impact of our reliance on fossil fuels, natural gas is seen as a key component as we transition to a low carbon economy. Europe is currently the second largest importer of natural gas after Asia, with demand likely to double by 2030.
The SafeLNG programme is led by Professor Jennifer Wen supported by a team of academics from both Kingston University and the University of Warwick. Researchers at Kingston will be based at the Centre for Fire and Explosion Studies (CFES), led by Dr Siaka Dembele, which is internationally renowned for its computational modelling capabilities and has long-standing relationships with the European Commission and a range of industrial partners, including BP.
SafeLNG is supported by five associated international partners from across Europe and Scandinavia which include leading industry specialists, national/international bodies and universities. One of its aims is to address the disparity between university training and the skills profile required by industry. The programme will meet the demand for innovative PhD training that balances academic excellence and industrial relevance.
SafeLNG will culminate in a workshop where its findings will be presented to the scientific and industrial community.