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Blaise Mempouo

Low carbon buildings - research/development - buildings materials, low carbon technology/products, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr Blaise Mempouo is a Research Fellow within Architecture, Climate and Environment Research Group. He has over 5 year's research experience in low carbon building energy technologies and sustainable building design. His research focuses on various aspects of sustainable building services and envelops with the aim of achieving high efficient low/zero carbon technologies and contributing to the development of effective and low carbon economic and energy systems. He is currently worked in the multidisciplinary consortium working on the DECC funder project: A High-performance Thermochemical Energy Storage Pumping Pipe (TESPP) for building application, he is also a CI on the DECC funded project on a High Performance Vacuum Tube Window, and a CI on the Royal Society-DFID funded project: Research Network for Sustainable Cooking, Cooling & Power Generation and Knowledge Transfer between the UK and Africa. He has worked with Professor Riffat on a number of projects funded by the EPSRC, iNET Sustainable Construction, EU, DECC and industry including whole building energy modelling, monitoring and evaluation, Ground Source Heat Pumps combine with solar roof/panels for heat ground storage, modelling and physical testing of the suspended PCM-honeycomb tiles and ceiling panels, vacuum tubes windows and Direct Expansion (DX) solar- air source heat pump using PCM storage tank and no frost evaporator. He has a particular interest in research, techniques and applications those enhancing residential/commercial/industrial buildings energy performances and Thermal energy storage (TES). From his degrees, he gained experience on evaluation of the carbon footprint from new and existing buildings and reduction using Low/Zero carbon technologies; He was awarded a PhD in Heat Pump Technologies and Low Carbon Homes, MSc in Renewable Energy from Newcastle University, and a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering with First Class honours from Coventry University.

Expertise Summary

Energy Conservation and Sustainability Energy use in the Built Environment Building envelops (High Efficient Window, PCM-Panels) Modelling and Simulation (including heat transfer, heat pump cycle, heat storage) Renewable Energy Systems (Biogas, Gasification, Heat pump) Solar Energy Engineering Solar thermal systems (solar cooling) Solar thermal power Low Carbon Building End User Energy Management Community Energy Strategy and Policy, Sustainable Energy Policy Thermal Storage Systems (Sensible heat storage (solid of liquid), Latent heat storage, Chemical Storage) Ground Heat Storage (Ground, PCM Panels, PCM Tiles) Alternative Buildings Materials

Research Summary

Building Integrated PV/Solar Thermal System Combined A Heat Pump Using R718 as a Working Fluid:

The proposed project seeks to design, construct and test the first-of-its kind building integrated solar PV/thermal tile combined with a heat pump system using water (R718) as the working fluid.

Selected Publications

Past Research

Duration and location

Role

Projects

Brief Objective /Deliverables of the project

3 months (2010)

UK/China - Collaboration Project on Low Carbon Buildings

Co-investigator

Highly Insulating Aerogel Windows for Low Carbon Buildings in China

  1. Design and Construction of novel 3 prototypes square Aerogel Windows of 0.3 m x 0.3 m and following thickness 4mm, 5mm and 10mm cavities and 1 sample of same dimension of the best window currently in the market, Double Glass Warm Edge to compare with Aerogel units.
  2. Thermal Performances test of the sample windows using an environmental chamber and measure/data logging equipments, then evaluate (temperature and U-values, lighting).

3 months (2011)

UK/China - Collaboration Project on Low Carbon Buildings

Co-investigator

Highly Energy Efficient PCM Tiles for passive cooling on Low Carbon Buildings

Manufacture 20 prototype PCM-tiles of with 20%, 30%, 40% and 50% microcapsule PCM, Plaster powder and silica sand incorporate honey-comb aluminium foil net to increase heat transfer in the PCM. The units was tested for thermal performances at the University of Nottingham.

3 months (2011)

UK/China - Collaboration Project on Low Carbon Buildings

Research Associate

Explore Low Carbon Technologies and Products for Integration on Green Buildings Projects in China

Research and indentify low carbon technologies and products around the world for inspiration for new low carbon buildings projects in china.

  1. Research novel low carbon building materials, low carbon technologies: using research networks, institutions around the world to find innovative idea and technology to be use on large building project in China.
  1. Attending forums, fairs and exhibitions on low carbon buildings technologies and products in the UK and Europe or around the world: indentify suitable low carbon buildings technologies and products to assist Chengxin Green Integration to be leader in the Fields.
  1. Using the laboratory at the University to adopt some technologies for China climates I have conducted technical design, Assistance to Chengxin Group in China to design and achieve high standard low carbon commercial and industry buildings in China, I identify low carbon technology and products for low carbon buildings application in China, given industry lecture and presentation.

Oct. 2010 - Jan. 2011

Vale Window and University of Nottingham

UK

Co-investigator

A Development and Investigation of a High Performance Vacuum Pipe Windows.

My role was first to assist Vale Window Company Ltd to design and construction a Prototype Vacuum Tubes Window for the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 and 6, in addition undertake the testing of the vacuum tube window using an environmental chamber at the University of Nottingham.

Future Research

Dr Mempouo has a particular interest in Low Carbon Buildings, the techniques and applications those enhancing building energy efficiency and heat pumps performances and the heat storage of solar thermal energy in the ground or in the PCMs. He always wanted to pursue an research career in the low carbon technologies and sustainable buildings fields.

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