Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani
Professor of Low Carbon & Renewable Energy Systems, Professor Gohari Darabkhani has over two decades of industry and academic experiences in design, modelling and experimental works in the fields of clean energy systems, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), micro combined heat and power (mCHP) systems, gas turbine power cycles and oil & gas engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2010. He then joined Cranfield University for 6 years where he managed to actively contribute in proposal writing, technical management and delivery of over £2m (over £5m total consortium) research council and industrially funded projects on clean energy and CCS technologies (e.g., Gas-FACTS, OxyCAP UK, AOPC, H2-IGCC, Low Carbon KEEP). In 2016, Hamidreza joined Staffordshire University as a senior lecture and then promoted to an Associate Professor and a full Professor in 2017 and 2018 respectivaly. He has been the academic PI in a collaborative industry led projects funded by Innovate UK to develop a Micro Turbine Renewable Energy Combustor (MiTREC- ref.103502) (£1.3m total). The project was successfully completed in 2019 by developing a microcombustor burning renewable biogas fuels to generate 12kWe power in a Micro Gas Turbine (MGT) assembly for the first time in energy industry. Hamidreza is also the project leader in an ERDF/Industry funded project to develop and innovative particulate measurement techniques in small/medium combustion systems as part of Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) project. His research credibility is evidenced by his strong track record of over 50 high ranked publications and his role in energy related committees including, the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce Energy, Environment & Sustainability, Staffordshire Climate Matters, and MGT systems in the European Turbine Network (ETN). Professor Gohari Darabkhani's research works have received several awards including, the Highly commended "Research with Impact Award" award at Staffordshire University in 2019; the Best Presentation Award of ICCCST 2018: 20th International Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies conference in Paris, 2018; Outstanding contribution as reviewer of Journal of Cleaner Production 2017; Wining the Engineering Excellence Award 2017 from Ghana Institution of Engineering for the MSc project that he has supervised at Cranfield University; Best Student Paper Award of the 2010 International Conference of Mechanical Engineering, London, 2010; the Best Presentation Award and the 2nd poster prize in Postgraduate Research Conference, The University of Manchester, 2009. Professor Gohari Darabkhani has managed to stablish a strong academic and industrial network of experts that helps him in developing research proposals and applying for both research council and industrial projects funding. Hamidreza is currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK, a professional member of the ETN and an academic member of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC). He is also reviewer of majority of energy related Journals including: Energy Conversion and Management, Hydrogen Energy, Cleaner Productions, Combustion Science and Technology, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Energy & Fuel, Modern Applied Science and Energies.
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