Buildings, Energy and Environment Research Group

PhD Students

Abdulelah Thaar Alotaibi

Abdulelah Thaar Alotaibi

PhD title: PhD candidate at the institute of Sustainable Energy Technology

Supervisors:  Dr Siddig Omer and Prof Saffa Riffat

Research Summary

Main area of research interests fall within:

  • Sustainable and Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Sustainable Building Technologies
  • Building Integrated Renewable Energy Systems

I’m currently investigating innovative cooling and self-cleaning technologies for Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) systems. The proposed system suggests the integration of CPV with Thermoelectric generator (TEG) with a heat pipe for heat extraction form from the PV surface in a hybrid compact design for electricity generation.

 

 

 
Ahmad Eltaweel

Ahmad Eltaweel

PhD title: Optimizing daylighting performance in the office buildings via using Parametric Design

Supervisors: Dr Yuehong Su and Dr Mohamed Gadi

Research summary

The PhD investigates improve daylight performance inside the office buildings, by using Grasshopper as a parametric software based on Rhinoceros 3D. Grasshopper is used as a method to control different complex parameters to utilize the daylight during the daytime. The study aims to provide the building with constant distributed light during the working hours to achieve human visual comfort and save energy. 

 
 
 

Sara Mohamed

PhD title: An approach for energy performance and indoor climate assessment in UK schools buildings

Supervisors: Dr Lucelia Rodrigues and Dr Siddig Omer

Research summary

School energy efficient such as adaption of numerous energy efficiency represents a driver for increasing the school energy performance due to significant environmental effects and major impact on student’s performance and health. My research is focused on investigating the outcomes of energy efficiency improvement and analysing the benefits achieved under various energy efficiency measures from energy audit based on the vast case studies.

 
 
 
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Nii Nelson

PhD Title: Techno-Socio-Economic and Environmental Evaluation of an Integrated Bio-Rural Energy Scheme in Ghana

Supervisors: Prof Jo Darkwa and Dr John Kaiser Calautit

Research summary

Ghana has an estimated population of 27 million with approximately 24.2% of the total population living under the poverty line. Rural poverty however is almost 4 times as high as urban poverty levels. This PhD project therefore seeks to develop an integrated bio-rural energy scheme for Ghana. This would enable sustainable power generation and consequently improve living conditions thereby reducing poverty in rural communities in Ghana. The research focuses on evaluating the technological, social, economic, cultural and environmental expediency in the development of appropriate framework for bioenergy production. 

 
 
 
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Roza Vasileva

PhD title: Using data for citizen-centric smart cities

Supervisors:  Dr Lucelia Rodrigues

Research summary
PhD aims to explore how smart cities employ citizen-centric approaches. The project will use grounded theory and qualitative research methods to examine case studies of global cities as to how they engage with city communities in identifying urban problems. The studies will define a citizen-centric smart city and draw on the experiences of cities in different economic and social contexts to understand how they have adopted "citizen-centric" practices to deliver sustainable results for urban development using data. Overall, the project will contribute to the development of a theoretical basis for citizen-centric smart cities, which is currently mostly grounded in practice.

 

 
 
 
Yixin Wang

Yixin Wang

PhD title: Bio-insulation Materials for Low Carbon Buildings

Supervisors: Prof Saffa Riffat and Dr Yuehong Su

 
 
Ruijun Zhang

Ruijun Zhang

PhD title: Microclimate Energy Modelling by Coupling CFD-BES Techniques

Supervisors: Dr Parham Mirzaei and Dr Benjamin Jones

Research summary

My PhD research aims to improve the simulation of energy performance in the context of urban communities. A common drawback of current energy simulation packages is the neglected impact of neighbourhood effect in cities. Urban climate, however, is  mutually impacted by a building's indoor climate. The aim of this study is therefore to couple the energy simulation technique with microclimate Computational Fluid Dynamics to enhance a better resolving of neighbourhood effect on buildings and vice versa.

 
 
 
Shihao Zhang

Shihao Zhang

PhD title: The Development of Prefabricated Low-Carbon House

Supervisors: Prof Saffa Riffat and   Dr Guohui Gan

Research summary

To achieve zero carbon emissions and low energy consumption during building operation, my research focus on the prefabrication and Low-carbon Technologies. The research comprises the Building Information Modelling design, simulation and construction of low carbon prefabricated houses for Chinese suburban area. The house is unique and has been designed to satisfy the requirement of Chinese suburban and climate in Wuhan. The house is projected to achieve the German Passive House certification criteria standards.

 
 
 
Hao Sun

Hao Sun

PhD title: Application of traditional design and architecture in China for modern buildings for reducing the energy demand and improving the air quality and living comfort

Supervisors: Dr John Kaiser Calautit and Dr Carlos Jimenez-Bescos

Research Summary

Using courtyard as a passive cooling technology to improve nature ventilation and thermal performance.

 

 

 

Layan (Nano) Sadeq

PhD title: EV integrated Building Energy Management Systems 

Supervisors: Professor Mark Gillott and Dr Rabah Boukhanouf 

Research Summary
This research aims to create a platform that integrates and optimises the onsite renewable energy generation with the energy vectors of heat and power in buildings and the electricity required to charge electric vehicles. 
 
 
 

 

Tugberk Cetin

Tugberk Cetin

PhD title: Efficiency Evaluation and Energy Optimization of Renewable Energy Integrated Polygeneration Systems

Supervisors: Dr Jie Zhu and Dr Guohui Gan

Research Summary

My PhD study is focusing on the ways of providing heating/cooling, power, domestic hot water for residential buildings in most efficient, environmentally friendly and economical way. For this purpose, dynamical performance of several systems will be investigated to seek out optimum control strategies. Minimizing carbon emission in supply side and minimizing energy demand in demand side is aimed. 

 

 

 
Yong Zhang (1)

Zhang Yong

PhD title: Exploring a new type of thermochemical energy storage system for solar heating in UK dwellings

Supervisors: Dr Yuehong Sue and Dr Mingke Hu 

Research Summary

The aim of this project is to investigate a new type of thermochemical energy storage for heating applications in UK dwellings. The objectives include:

  • A numerical modelling of thermochemical energy storage by using Comsol and Matlab
  • Comparative study of various design options
  • An experimental study to verify the proposed design
 
 

 

Buildings, Energy and Environment Research Groups

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