New Fully Funded PhD Project Available (Extended Application Deadline: TBD)

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  Dr Ahmad Mustaffar
PhD (Newcastle University)

Research Associate

Current RA Project:

Intensified by Design



PhD Project (Completed in 2016):

Solar-energy Driven Chemical Processes


In essence, the project will examine theoretically and experimentally the opportunities for using renewable energy source i.e. solar energy for driving chemical processes such as chemical reaction and separation. By enhanced integration of state-of-the-art solar thermal system components - solar concentrator, high temperature thermal storage, enhanced pumps and pipes and so on, a high efficiency solar thermal system is envisioned. Liaison with experts in solar process heat field such as the AEE INTEC in Austria is expected, as well as with the University of Manchester, THERMACORE (a major manufacturer of heat pipes and other thermal systems) and so on. The inventory of work package (true at the time) is as follows:

1. Determination of state-of-the-art solar collector/concentrator that can deliver working temperature of up to 400C (medium temperature) effectively.

2. Design of efficient high temperature thermal energy storage provisionally based on phase change material concepts and heat pipe technologies.

3.  Intensifying the thermal energy storage in (2) into a device of relatively smaller volume, high capacity, with minimal heat loss. Proper control of heat flows into/from the storage device is to be investigated.

4. Selection/design of high efficiency pumps and piping that conduct heat transfer fluids with minimal heat loss throughout the solar thermal system.

5. Develop standardized process controller for the solar thermal system to enable efficient time shifting management between heat supply and demand in the system.


For more details please contact Prof Adam Harvey or Prof David Reay.



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 Last modified: 04-Aug-2017