• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Biography

    Dr Imran is established researcher and working in energy efficiency and sustainability since 2012. His research activities aimed at developing innovative energy systems and improving the energy performance of existing energy systems. He has been working in waste heat to power conversion technologies (ORC, KC, sCO2), and was part of the team at Korea Institute of Energy Research that successfully developed and commercialized 5kW, 30kW, and 100kW ORC system. He is currently working in heat to power conversion technologies (ORC, sCO2), hybrid energy systems (geothermal, solar, wind, biomass), CHP system, thermal energy management, district heating and cooling, and heat pump.

    Research Interests

    • Organic Rankine Cycle 
    • Refrigeration systems
    • Supercritical CO2 cycle
    • Combined heat and Power
    • Renewable Energy
    • Hybrid Renewable System

    Qualifications

    • PhD in Energy System Engineering
    • MSc Thermal Power Engineering
    • BSc Mechanical Engineering

    Employment

    • Lecturer in Mechanical & Design Engineering, Aston University, UK
    • Marie Curie Individual Fellow, Technical University of Denmark
    • Assistant Professor, University of Management & Technology, Pakistan
    • Research Assistant, Korea Institute of Energy Research, South Korea
    • Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Punjab, Pakistan
    • Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Lahore, Pakistan

    Teaching Activity

    BEng Mechanical and Design Engineeirng

    • Energy Efficiency (ME3023)
    • Prototyping and Development (ME1502)
    • Final Year Project (ME3046)

    MSc Future Vehicle Technologies

    • Multiphysics System (ME4515)
    • New Engines and Alternative Fuels (ME4514)

    Professional/editorial offices

    Awards

    • Marie Curie individual Fellowship - European Commission
    • Innovation Award 2016 - South Asia Triple Helix Association
    • Research Excellence Award 2016 - UST South Korea
    • Research Excellence Award 2015, KIER South Korea
    • Overseas Academic Exchange Award 2015, UST South Korea
    • Overseas Academic Exchange Award 2015, KIER South Korea
    • Shell Merit Scholarship Award - Shell Pakistan

    Funding Applications and Awards

    1. Pathways and approaches for increasing operational efficiency, reducing energy usage, and capturing and re-using waste heat (KTP with Brockhouse). Role: Principal Investigator. Oct 2022 – Mar 2025. £255,184
    2. Design and development of the state-of-the-art energy efficient aluminium recycling systems (KTP with Mechatherm). Role: Principal Investigator. Oct 2022 – Mar 2025. £252,145. 
    3. Solar to Alternative Fuel Economy Research Consortia and Capacity Building Platform (UK-Saudi Challenege Fund). Role: Co_Principal Investigator. May 2022 – May 2023. £75,000.
    4. Waste heat recovery and reuse in foundation industries. Role: Principal Investigator. Nov 2021 – Mar 2022. £79,531
    5. Design and development of low-emission and low-carbon fuel industrial burners (KTP with Lanemark). Role: Principal Investigator. Mar 2022 - Sep 2024. £244,514
    6. Off-grid pre_cooler technology for small scale farmers in Nigeria (AAKTP with ColdHubs). Role: Principal Investigator. April 2022 – Sep 2024. £238,000
    7. Smart Irrigation System powered by hybrid Energy (AAKTP with Solargen). Role: Principal Investigator. £214,379.
    8. Hybrid-energy based irrigation system for Africa. Role: Principal Investigator. June 2020 – Nov 2021. £ 40,000 
    9. GIS mapping of biomass potential in Sub-Saharan Africa. Role: Principal Investigator. March 2020 – June 2022. £24,800
    10. Dynamic modelling and control of ORC for waste heat recovery applications. Role: Principal Investigator. May 2017- May 2019. £189,000

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    • Evaluation of the prospects for waste heat recovery on liquefied natural gas-fuelled ships funded by Danish Maritime Fund. Apr 2017 – Aug 2019. (Role: Collaborator), Funding: £850,000
    • Development of 100kWe ORC Power Generation System Utilizing Low Temperature Geothermal Energy Funded by Korea Institute of Energy Research; Period: December 2011~ December 2016. (Role: Collaborator), Funding: £300,000
    • Development of Plate-Fin type Heat Exchanger with high heat transfer surface area Funded by Korea Institute of Energy Research; Period: January 2014 ~ January 2015. (Role: Collaborator), Funding: £100,000
    • Field Demonstration of Heat Loss Reduction Technology from the Secondary District Heat Pipelines Funded by Korea District Heating Company; Period: March 2011.3 ~ March 2014. (Role: Collaborator), Funding: £650,000
    • Development of Control Technology for ORC Power Generation System utilizing Low temperature Waste Heat Funded by Korea Institute of Energy Research; Period: January 2013 ~ January 2016. (Role: Collaborator), Funding: £100,000

    Available PhD Studentships

    There are number of self-funded PhD studentships are available in the area of renewable energy and low temperature thermodynamic power cycles. I am happy to support the applications for external funded scholarships as well

    1. Renewable Energy: Application of hybrid energy systems (solar + wind + biomass) for agriculture sectors with particular focus on the applications of hybrid energy for irrigation, cold storage for food preservation and agri processing. The system level approach will be adopted to develop optimum design of the specific system from practical implementation perspective.
    2. Organic Rankine Cycle: Design and development of cost effective volumetric expanders for small scale organic Rankine cycles. This project aim to develop mathematical model and CFD analysis of novel vane expander for organic Rankine cycle.
    3. Organic Rankine Cycle: Development of dynamic model and advance control of organic Rankine cycle for transient heat sources. This project aims to develop the component level dynamic model of the ORC component, analysing the dynamic response, and develop appropriate control approach for the time-varying heat sources. The heat sources might include industrial waste heat, direct solar energy, and/or waste heat from internal combustion engines.
    4. Combined heat and Power System: This project aim to develop novel configuration and optimum design of the solar powered combined heat and power systems based on either Stirling engine, organic Rankine cycle, or steam Rankine cycle. The project will involve to develop the 1-dimensional component level design models of the system as well as the performance assessment and part-load model of the combined heat and power system.

    If you are interested in any of the above project, or any particular area listed under research interest, please contact me.

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