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Micro turbine renewable energy combustor (MiTREC)

All about Professor Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani’s Research  

Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani is Professor of Low Carbon and Renewable Energy systems, and specialises in microturbine combined heat and power (mCHP) systems and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies. He’s leading a project to develop an innovative biogas fuelled micro-combustor to generate clean, affordable energy for countries across the globe.

Centralised power generation in power plants produces a lot of carbon pollution and energy is lost through transmission. Mini generators, which can be used at home, improve efficiency by roughly 20% and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.

Hamidreza described it as “a big change – there is no other product like this in the energy market. There are challenges but we believe we can overcome them.”


We’re working in partnership with Bladon Microturbine Ltd and Cranfield University.

UK company Bladon MT is pioneering microturbine technology and the project consortium will develop a new biogas-fuelled system based on Bladon MT’s 12 kw recuperated micro-turbine generator architecture.

The MiTREC project has had a total budget of 1.2million funded through Innovate UK and investment of over £204,000 secured by the University for its role within the project.

Making a difference  

Through this work, we’ve identified micro-turbine biogas power generation as the ideal technology to provide decentralised clean, affordable and resilient energy in developing countries such as Sub-Saharan African and South-Asian countries, as well as the UK and internationally.

In Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, there are places where they bury agricultural and household waste and extract the gas to burn for cooking. Some of these communities are off grid but with our system they could use the same gas or even household waste to generate their own electricity.

Key Publications

  1. “Design Procedure and Performance Analysis of a Microturbine Combustor Working on Biogas for Power Generation”. In publication process with ASME 2019 Turbomachinery Technical Conference (Turbo Expo 2019). To be presented in Phoenix, US in June 17 – 21, 2019.

  2. A keynote presentation titled: “Micro combined heat & power (Micro-CHP) systems, a key strategy to meet the Paris Agreement targets in smart cities” Global Summit on Power & Energy Engineering, February 18 - 20, 2019, Dubai, UAE

  3. The Micro Turbine Renewable Energy Combustor (MiTREC): Challenges in Design and Modelling of a Biogas Combustor in a 12kWe Micro Turbine Generator (MTG). 2nd European Micro Gas Turbine Forum (EMGTF) conference. Case study presented on 26/11/2018 in Altran, Madrid, Spain.