Offering Partnership/Coordination expertise
by Ahmed Zobaa | Dec 18, 2017
Name of the Organisation: Brunel University London
Organisation Short Name: BUL
Organisation Type: HES
Country: United Kingdom
ACTIVITYTopic(s) of interest from 2018-2019 Transport Work Programme:
- 1. BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: LOW-CARBON AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
- 2. SAFE, INTEGRATED AND RESILIENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS
- 4. ACCOUNTING FOR THE PEOPLE
- BLUE GROWTH
- Call - 2018-2020 Digitising and Transforming European Industry and Services: Automated Road Transport
- Call - Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Green Vehicles
Fields of Activity: Brunel University London has a strong focus on engineering and solutions based projects. We offer access to facilities and equipment at an appropriate scale for applied, industry-led research, bridging the gap between the lab and the marketplace to accelerate manufacturing implementation. This includes casting of light metals, prototype development and engine testing facilities. Institute of Energy Futures aims to create opportunities for partnerships of disciplines that act toward the future security of our energy, resource supplies and our economy. It brings together capabilities from across the University to address issues affecting the national climate change and energy agenda. As well as low carbon technologies, the Institute will also undertake research in economic, organisational and policy solutions for meeting the planet’s future energy needs. The Smart Power Networks theme is a well-established group with a strong national and international reputation. Our research focuses on the development of algorithms to improve distribution efficiency, and strategies to allow mass power generation from renewable energy sources to be efficiently integrated with the grid. Other areas of expertise include power electronics for efficient power conversion. Challenges for the future include efficient conversion of thermal to electrical energy, Direct Current (DC) power networks in commercial buildings and homes, and innovations to reduce electrical energy demand and optimised demand control. These areas are well placed for future growth as the UK and the rest of Europe is planning to invest significantly. We coordinated “HiPerDNO”, EU-STREP, 2010-2013, £5.4M, High Performance Computing Technologies for Smart Distribution Network Operation. The aim of this research project to develop a new generation of distribution network management systems that exploit novel near to real-time HPC solutions with inherent security and intelligent communications for smart distribution network operation and management. Cost effective scalable HPC solutions will be developed and initially demonstrated for realistic distribution network data traffic and management scenarios via off-line field trials involving several distribution network owners and operators. Our Autonomous Systems and Robotics Research Cluster is involved in a wide range of research activities including autonomous vehicles, self-driving cars, biologically-inspired robotics, swarm robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles. We have strategic partnerships with businesses, industry and the not-for-profit sector.
Skills and Experise Offered: Dr. Zobaa’s research interests include power quality; energy and environment; energy storage; smart grids; and electric vehicles. He contributed to the “e-Highway2050” research project with a budget of €13,045,672.00 as a co-investigator during 2012-2015 in which the overarching objective to develop a top-down planning methodology to provide the first version of a modular and robust expansion plan for the Pan-European Transmission Network from 2020 to 2050, in line with the pillars of European energy policy. I have worked on:
• Batteries investigations of small unmanned aircraft vehicles,
• Hybrid electric vehicles,
• Portable test platform for evaluating voltage dip immunity of industrial robots and components in the automotive industry.
Dr. Zobaa is an Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology, Technology and Economics of Smart Grids and Sustainable Energy, and International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education. He is a registered Chartered Engineer, Chartered Energy Engineer, European Engineer, and International Professional Engineer. He is also a registered member of the Engineering Council U.K., Egypt Syndicate of Engineers, and the Egyptian Society of Engineers. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of U.K. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Energy Institute of U.K., the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Society of Arts, the African Academy of Science, and the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Also, He is a member of the International Solar Energy Society, the European Power Electronics and Drives Association, and the IEEE Standards Association.
Keywords: autonomous transport, electric vehicles, green vehicles, automotive applications, energy storage.
Previous FP Projects Participated: e-Highway2050, EU-IP, 2012, £8.2M, Modular Development Plan of the Pan-European Transmission System 2050
HiPerDNO, EU-STREP, 2010, £5.4M, High Performance Computing Technologies for Smart Distribution Network Operation
Contact Person: Dr. Ahmed Zobaa
Position in the Organisation: Senior Lecturer