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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Imperial College London
Steam cycle options for capture-ready power plants, retrofits and flexible operation with post-combustion CO2 capture
Master of Engineering, INSA Lyon (National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon)

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseCarbon Capture, Energy, Power Generation

Qualifications

2010, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London

'Steam cycle options for capture-ready power plants, retrofits and flexible operation with post-combustion CO2 capture'

 

2004, MEng, INSA Lyon, France, 'Grandes Ecoles' network

Biography

I have worked on Carbon Capture Technologies since 2005, first at Imperial College London, and at the University of Edinburgh since 2010. I received a Research Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2012 to 2017 aiming at "Future-proofing fossil power stations for CO2 capture".

I am currently Senior Lecturer in Clean Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage in the School of Engineering where I provide the leadership and management to an internationally leading activity in the Institute for Energy Systems.

My research vision is both fundamental and 'mission orientated' and aims at developing the energy and climate technologies necessary to achieve a zero-carbon society.

I am currently seconded at 50% to CO2 capture technology developer C-Capture with funding from a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship. 

I teach two courses in Mechanical Engineering. A 4th-year core course in Thermodynamics and a 4th/5th year interdisciplinary Group Design Project where students design a power station with CCS. 

In 2018, I launched the first free online course on Climate Change and Carbon Capture and Storage. It is available on the platform EdX and is aimed at the general public.

Research Interests

My research interests lie at the interface of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, combustion, and techno-economics. 

Carbon capture in thermal power stations

I focus on the thermodynamic integration of CO2 capture, innovative power cycles with CO2 recycling and the co-production of clean electricity and hydrogen with CO2 capture.

Flexible operation of CCS with renewables

This activity combines process modelling, novel process instrumentation, and pilot-scale testing at TRL5-6 for the flexible operation of capture technologies, a key feature to integrate CCS with variable renewable energy. This includes options to time-shift the energy penalty of CO2 for financial and electricity system benefits.

Low-cost gas/liquid contactors for carbon capture

I research a novel concept to contact combustion gases (or atmospheric air) with CO2 capture solvents using a prototype device. I develop new imaging techniques for liquid dispersion using electrical tomography and uses new bespoke fluid mechanic models.

Low-carbon industrial production with CCS

I coordinate a consortium of European partners establishing the first critical mass of R&D activities in the Waste to Energy sector. We intend to derisk close-to-commercial-deployment CO2 capture technologies in municipal waste incinerators and assess rigorously the potential for negative CO2 emissions in the sector. 

Current Research Interests

Ongoing research projects and research interests that I would like to pursue further

Synergies for clean electricity and clean hydrogen production zero-carbon industrial CCS clusters

Novel absorbers for carbon capture

Electrical tomography imaging of multi-phase flow with mass transfer in structured packing 

Cost reduction in Direct Air Capture

Engineering CO2 flow variability within CCS transport and storage networks 

Biomass Energy with CCS for Negative Emissions within the circular economy

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

As principal supervisor

Bill Buschle (2010 - 2015) Solvent Analysis Instrumentation Options for the Control and Flexible Operation of Post Combustion Carbon Dioxide Capture Plants, available at <http://hdl.handle.net/1842/14240>

Maria Sanchez del Rio (2011 - 2015) Gas Turbine Power Cycles for Retrofitting and Repowering Coal Plants With Post-Combustion Carbon Dioxide Capture, available at <http://hdl.handle.net/1842/20484>

Abigail Gonzalez (2012 - 2016) Sequential supplementary firing in natural gas combined cycle plants with carbon capture for enhanced oil recovery, available at <http://hdl.handle.net/1842/20483>

Laura Herraiz (2011 - 2016) Selective exhaust gas recirculation in combined cycle gas turbine power plants with post-combustion carbon capture, available at <http://hdl.handle.net/1842/20485

Paul Tait (2012 - 2018) Pilot-scale testing of dynamic operation and measurement of interfacial wave dynamics in post-combustion carbon dioxide capture, available at <http://hdl.handle.net/1842/29544>

Thomas Spitz (2014 - 2019) Balancing the variability of flow in carbon dioxide transport and storage networks: low-carbon electricity systems in Great Britain, available at <https://era.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/35930

Erika Palfi (2014 - 2020) A Kinetic Model of a CO2 Recycling Rotary Adsorption Wheel for Gas Turbine Power Plants with Carbon Capture, 

Charlotte Mitchell (2017 - ) An innovative oxyfired supercritical CO2 power cycle for highly flexible electricity generation

MennatAllah Labib (2018 - ) A Novel absorber for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Removal

Daniel Mullen (2020 - ) Thermodynamic integration and flexible operation of hydrogen and electricity production in industrial CCS clusters 

 

As co-supervisor

Olivia Errey (2010 - 2017) Flexibility of natural gas combined cycle power stations with carbon capture, with Dr Hannah Chalmers(Edinburgh) and Prof Jon Gibbins (Sheffield)

Patrick Schmidt (2012 - 2016) Interfacial dynamics in counter-current gas-liquid flows, with Dr Prashant Valluri (Edinburgh), Dr Lennon O'Narraigh (University College Dublin) and Sulzer ChemTech

Sebastian Hudson (2018 - ) A novel system for high temperature energy storage in conventional power generation, with Dr Adam Robinson

Yuan Chen (2018 - ) Electrical tomography measurements in COabsorption processes, with Dr Jiabin Jia, Dr Yunjie Yang and Dr Chang Liu

Dan Su (2019 - ) CCS in the Waste to Energy sector and the urban environment, with Dr Hannah Chalmers 

Research Groups

UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) https://ukccsrc.ac.uk/

Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) http://www.sccs.org.uk/

UK Pilot Advanced Capture Test facilities (PACT) http://www.pact.ac.uk/

Institute for Energy Systems http://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/research/institutes/ies

 

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