Professor Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani, BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, PgCert

Responsibilities

 

  • Professor of Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems
  • MSc Scheme Award Leader
  • Module Manager of the Low-carbon and Renewable Energy Systems for Smart Cities

About Me

I have approximately two decades of industrial and academic work experiences in the fields of clean energy systems, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), combined heat and power (CHP) systems, gas turbine power cycles and oil & gas engineering. I received my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester University in 2010. This followed after an MSc with distinction in Aerospace Engineering and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Thermo-fluids) from Amirkabir University of Technology. My PhD research work was directly related to problems currently faced by the energy and automotive industries, where elevated pressures and variable fuel and air flow rates lead to combustion instabilities and enhanced pollutant formation. The best student paper award of the World Congress of Engineering in Imperial College London in 2010 (WCE 2010) and the best research presentation award and the runner-up research poster prize, awarded by British Petroleum (BP), at the PGR-MACE 2009 conference are among my research achievements.  More recently, wining the Engineering Excellence Award 2017 for the MSc project I have supervised that helped in removal of black powder impurities from natural gas transmission pipeline with the Ghana Gas Company Ltd. The prestigious award was presented to my student (Mr Frank Kowfie Pinto) on 24/02/2018 by the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) for working and contributing towards innovative and relevant in Ghana Gas Projects. My newly published paper in the ICCCST 2018: 20th International Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies conference in Paris has also been awarded with the " Best Presentation Award”, March 15-16, 2018

In 2010, I joined Cranfield University as a Research Fellow and then promoted to an Academic Fellow in energy processes. During 6 years of work at Cranfield University, in addition to teaching and supervision responsibilities, I managed to actively contribute in proposal writing, technical management and delivery of over £2m research council and industrially funded projects on clean energy and CCS technologies. I have also been the Principal Investigator (PI) of an ERDF&EEDA funded project on a Micro-CHP biofuel system (£83 K). In August 2016 I joined Staffordshire University as a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering where I managed to submit two research proposals: 1- An Innovate UK proposal on the development of a Micro Turbine Renewable Energy Combustor (MiTREC) for a Micro Turbine Generator (total £1.3 M). 2- An EPSRC proposal on Liquid Air Energy Storage and Regeneration (LAESR), a Scalable Instant Zero Carbon Power to Industry, Transport and Grid (total £300k). The MiTREC proposal was successful and now Staffordshire University, as the work package leader of the micro-combustor MTG design, is working with Bladon Jets Ltd and Cranfield University to develop a 12kWe renewable biogas fuelled MTG for the first time in the energy market. Please watch the MiTREC News and this page about this ongoing exciting project


In September 2017, I became an Associate Professor of Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems after a successful application to the Staffordshire University Professorial Call 2017, followed by Professor of Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems in 2018. I am currently the MSc award leader in Mechanical Engineering and the module leader for the Low-carbon and Renewable Energy Systems for Smart Cities. This module is part of  a distance learning dual Masters programme titled “Sustainable Smart Cities” between the University of Alabama in the US and Staffordshire University in the UK. I am experienced in teaching across different Mechanical Engineering disciplines with a focus on the following subjects: Low carbon and renewable energy systems, Thermo-fluids, Heat engine cycles, CCS technologies, Gas turbine and Oxyturbine power cycles, CHP systems, and Mechanical Engineering design. I have supervised over 25 MSc Students and 5 MSc group projects through completion and also supervised/co-supervised 3 PhD students in the fields of CCS and oil & gas projects. I am currently supervising/recruiting 3 PhD students on the projects in the area of low carbon and renewable energy systems. From my research projects, so far I have published over 45 journal papers, chapter books, online reports and conference papers.

I have managed to stablish a strong academic and industrial network of experts that helps me in developing research proposals and applying for both research council and industrial projects funding. I am currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a professional member and a committee team leader in the European Turbine Network (ETN) and an academic member of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC). I am also an external examiner for Anglia Ruskin University in the UK and  reviewer for the following major energy Journals including: Energy Conversion and Management, Hydrogen Energy, Cleaner Productions, Combustion Science and Technology, Energy & Fuel,Modern Applied Science and Energies.

Qualifications

 

  • PhD Mechanical Engineering – Fuel & Energy Conversion Systems
  • MSc Aerospace Engineering – Power & Propulsion Systems
  • BSc Mechanical Engineering – Thermofluids

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Professional member and a committee team co-leader in the European Turbine Network (ETN)
  • Academic member of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC)
  • Academic member of International Association of Engineering (IAENG)
  • An External Examiner in Anglia Ruskin University in the UK

Expertise

  • Conventional and renewable clean energy conversion technologies; 
  • High pressure combustion and combustion diagnostics;
  • Thermo-fluids, heat transfer and thermodynamics;
  • Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS);
  • Micro combined heat and power systems (mCHP); 
  • Oxyturbine power cycles;
  • Oil and Gas engineering;
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Recent Research Proposals/Projects/Grants

  • The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) Project (2018-2021): The £70k European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in collaboration with DRM Technic Ltd., in Development of a method for measuring particulate emissions from small combustion plant processes.
  • Micro Turbine Renewable Energy Combustor (MiTREC) (2017-2019): The £1.3m Innovate UK-Energy Catalyst, Mid Stage funded project in collaboration with Bladon Jets Ltd. and Cranfield University in development of a 12kWe renewable biogas fuelled MTG for the first time in the energy market.
  • The EPSRC- Feasibility Studies in Energy Research: Liquid Air Energy Storage and Regeneration (LAESR): Instant zero carbon power to industry, transport.
  • PhD Studentship-1: Micro Combined Heat and Power (mCHP) Systems for Domestic Applications: An Investigation into the Main Technology Prime Movers
  • PhD Studentship-2: An Investigation into the Oxyturbine Power Cycles with 100% CO2 Capture and Zero NOx emission
  • PhD Studentship-3: An Investigation into Photovoltaic Device Incorporating Blends of Polymer and Small Organic Molecules as Active Layer (Polymeric Solar Cells)
  • Low Carbon KEEP Project (2014-2015): The £83.5 K project was funded by the Low Carbon KEEP Program with the support from EEDA and ERDF and industrial partners. In this project I was the project PI and supervisor of a Post Doctorate Research Assistant (PDRA), in design, simulation and experimental work on a biofuel mCHP with a turbocharger core for domestic applications. 
  •  Gas-FACTS- Gas Future Advanced Capture Technology Systems (2013-2016): The £2.5 M research project has provided important underpinning research for the UK CCS development and deployment on natural gas power plants. I was actively involved in the successful fund application and delivery of the project outcomes at Cranfield University. I have done the design and has supervised the installation and the experimental works on a 100kWth gas burner utilising exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and sweep air polymeric CO2 selective membrane technology (S-EGR). The project consortium was including, Edinburgh University, Cranfield University, the University of Sheffield and Imperial College London with industry advisory board members from EON, SSE, Scottish Power and Costain.
  • Oxy-hybrid Power Cycle with Advanced Heat Recovery Network-AOPC (2014-2015): This £300k project was funded by the Innovate UK to study feasibility and technology readiness level (TRL) of a novel AOPC cycle in collaboration with AOPC Ltd. In this project, I had a key role in the successful fund application and delivery of the project outcomes at Cranfield University.
  • OxyCAP UK: Oxyfuel Combustion - academic Programme for the UK (2010-2014): The £2 M research project was funded by E.ON and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) successfully evaluated existing methods of coal-based power production and developing cleaner processes using CCS technologies. I was working from Cranfield side with six other UK institutions, including Universities of Leeds, Cambridge and Imperial College London, to improve Britain's CCS technique with oxy-fuel combustion technology. My major activities in this project include, design of the modifications of a 150 kWth multi-fuel combustion rig to oxy-firing mode, performing pilot scale experiments, supervision of the process modeling work and presenting regular progress reports to the Oxy-Cap UK consortium. The programme has successfully completed a wide range of activities related to development of oxyfuel power plants.

Research Interests

I have focused my research and teaching activities on the projects and courses that contribute directly towards society by addressing and resolving current major issues particularly in:

  • Conventional and renewable energy conversion systems;
  • Low-carbon and renewable energy systems for Smart Cities;
  • Liquid Air Energy Storage and Regeneration (LAESAR);
  • Micro combined heat and power (mCHP) systems;
  • Oxyturbine power cycles for CCS;
  • CO2 capture and storage (CCS);
  • Oil and Gas Industry;
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems;
  • Environmental pollution and global warming

Selected Publications

 

Journal papers  

Book chapter

 

Online Technical/Industrial Reports

Conference Papers

Current Teaching

My main teaching activities is in the area of Engineering design, Thermo-fluids and renewable energy and power generation. At present I teach the following modules on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate schemes:

  • Low-carbon and renewable energy systems for smart cities
  • Modern Power Plants Technology
  • Power and Propulsion Systems
  • Micro-CHP systems for domestic applications
  • Carbon Capture and Storage CCS technologies
  • Mechanical Energy Storage Systems
  • Energy Management
  • Professional Engineering
  • Mechanical and Fluid Systems
  • Fundamentals of Mechanics and Thermofluids

Contact

Professor Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani, BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, PgCert
Professor of Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems,
Department of Engineering, School of Creative Art and Engineering,
Staffordshire University,
Room S219, The Mellor Building,
College Road, Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DE
t: +44 (0) 1782 292769
e: h.g.darabkhani@staffs.ac.uk