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Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Technology Expert

Technical Consultant #2482


Expertise

  • Hydrogen and fuel cell technology, high level innovation and project management.
  • Integrated energy systems.
  • Design hydrogen, solar and solar solar-hybrid systems.
  • Research management.
  • Project management and team leadership skills.
  • Hydrogen energy and fuel cell systems.
  • Gas processing and coal gasification.
  • Power generation.
  • Renewable energy.
  • Process engineering.
  • Successfully mentor and supervise research students and lead high performance research teams.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Chief Technology Officer, Present   

  • Responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company.
  • Working with Executive Management to grow the company through the use of technological resources and a research and development programme.
  • Using an active and practical approach, directing all employees engaged in technical development to attain the company's strategic goals established in the company's strategic plan.
  • Identification of main literature sources, providing scope of international markets and how they translate to the situation in South Australia.

Independent Consultant, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 2016 – Present

  • Assignments have included providing technical expertise to startup companies Aquahydrex, Petawatt, Zenogen, HEMS Global, and Microcat Fuels Ltd.
  • Design of solar and solar-hybrid systems for GEM Energy, Contributed to Academy of Science report on Energy for Australia in the 21st Century: The central role of electricity.
  • Contract work for GHD - due diligence for research grant funding.
  • Contract work for GPA engineering - project on direct injection of green hydrogen into natural gas transmission system.
  • Provide insight into technology and pricing of electrolysers, gasification and other hydrogen production methods.
  • Provide techno-economic analysis of hydrogen pathways.
  •  Member of the Australian Clean Energy Council, Storage Advisory Group.
  • Member of ARENA advisory Panel.
  • Member of CSIRO National Hydrogen Roadmap steering committee.
  • Exco member for IEA Hydrogen.

LC Engineering, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Industry Advisor, 2011 - 2016

  • Subcontractor to Aurecon to design solar/hydrogen/fuel cell energy system for the Sir Samuel Griffith Centre (Brisbane).
  • Carried out review of waste gasification technologies for Sydney City Council.
  • Invited Keynote Lectures at All-Energy Conference (Melbourne), Ecogen, (Brisbane).
  • Leading collaboration with National Physical Laboratory (New Delhi, India) developing new low-Pt catalysts for PEM fuel cells.
  • Invited public lectures at NPL New Delhi and IIT New Delhi, and lecture on Heterogenous Catalysis - QUT.
  • Chair of the 10th Australian Coal Science Conference.

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia , 2010 - 2011

Senior Research Fellow

  • Supervised research on low-Pt catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction in PEM fuel cells.
  • Supervised research on advanced micro-channel reactor design for catalytic fuel processing.
  • Taught undergraduate courses in electrochemistry.
  • Gave keynote/invited lectures at AIE National Conference (Adelaide), Ecogen, Conference (Sydney), World Hydrogen Energy Conference (Essen), and Second International Climate Change Conference - session and paper on Reef Climate Adaptation Research and Technology.
  • Round-table discussion on energy storage at the Royal Institution Australia.
  • Member of the International Review Panel for UK energy research (Research Councils UK).

The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 2002 - 2010

Director of the CSIRO National Hydrogen Materials Alliance, 2007 - 2010

Senior Research Fellow, 2002 - 2010

  • Supervised research programme on fuel cells and advanced nanomaterials.
  • Chair of the World Hydrogen Energy Conference.

Advantica Technologies Ltd., Loughborough, UK, Principal Scientist, 1990 - 2001

  • Responsible for leading fuel cell and hydrogen research and managing research team of scientists and engineers.
  • Collaboration with companies/organisations in Europe, Canada and the USA.
  • Leading project manager for multi-national research programmes funded by European Commission.
  • Member of the Process Technology Group Committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the Fuel Cell Advisory Committee for the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Member of the Grove Fuel Cell Symposium organizing committee, the European Fuel Cell Forum and session chair.
  • Member of the Electrical Engineering College of the EPSRC.
  • Several Invited Lectures to conferences in Europe and the USA.

British Gas/ BG plc., Solihull and Loughborough, 1970 - 1990

Senior Scientist

  • Responsible for a project concerned with the long-term availability and supply of liquid hydrocarbon feedstocks.
  • Attended courses in project management (PA consultants) and team leadership.
  • Worked on project developing catalysts for pre-reforming and methanation of CO-rich gas.

Experimental Scientist

  • Worked on catalytic gas making processes including coal gasification, Fischer Tropsch Synthesis, steam reforming of hydrocarbons and hydrodesufurization.
  • Named on patents for steam reforming of liquid hydrocarbons over ruthenium catalysts.
  • Developed unique assay method for coal decomposition.
  • Developed thermal analysis techniques for characterizing carbon deposition on materials.

Accomplishments

  • Worked on processes for the gasification of coal and related fuel processing.
  • British Gas Economic Planning Section, London (secondment from R&D), Responsible for a project concerned with the long term availability and supply of liquid hydrocarbon feedstocks.
  • Worked on coal (BGL slagging gasifier) and oil gasification processes and latterly, especially on catalytic syngas processes including Fischer-Tropsch, methanation and hydrodesulphurisation.
  • Built up fuel cell R&D programme and appointed Principal Scientist for Advantica Technologies Ltd., Loughborough, UK.  
  • Developed a high pressure assay method for coal analysis, which was used in the development of the BG/Lurgi slagging gasifier.
  • Appointed to lead the British Gas research group working on fuel cells technology.
  • Started collaboration with GEC Alstom, Westinghouse and TNO on SOFC modelling - first of many European-wide collaborations on fuel cells.
  • Designed and built Europe’s first pressurised MCFC test facility after technology transfer from IGT (now GTI) in Chicago.
  • Managed 2 large European Union Projects on fuel cell systems (SOFC and MCFC) a 9 year project.
  • Developed the first fuel cell stack networking configuration, which was later adopted by ECN in Holland, successfully commercialized by Fuel Cell Energy.
  • Contributor in the UK government Foresight programme.
  • Successfully managed the construction of Europe’s first SOFC balance of plant test facility, in collaboration with ENI Technologie.
  • For the European Commission review of fuel cell technology, assisted in developing 10 year strategy for the EC.
  • Set up MoU between BG plc and Alstom on Fuel Cell Technology.
  • Appointed Director of the CSIRO National Hydrogen Materials Alliance (Flagship research cluster of 12 university research groups and ANSTO).
  • Working with Aurecon to design solar/hydrogen/fuel cell energy system for the Sir Samuel Griffith Centre (Brisbane)
  • Carried out review of waste gasification technologies for Sydney City Council.
  • Invited Keynote Lectures at All-Energy Conference (Melbourne), Ecogen (Brisbane)
  • Leading collaboration with National Physical Laboratory (New Delhi, India) developing new low-Pt catalysts for PEM fuel cells.
  • Invited public lectures at NPL New Delhi and IIT New Delhi.
  • Invited public lecture on Heterogenous Catalysis – QUT.
  • Consultancy assignments for Uniquest, Alternative Energy International, and Electrygen.
  • Chair of the 10th Australian Coal Science Conference.
  • Contributed to Australian Academy of Science report on Energy for Australia in the 21st Century: The Central Role of Electricity.

Honors & Publications


Credentials

  • L'Ange HIA, International Energy Agency
  • DIS (Directed Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Charted Chemist
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry - FRSC

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Chartered Chemist and elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Energy
  • Founding President of the Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy
  • Director of the Australian Institute of Energy
  • Board member of the Queensland Sustainable Energy Industry Development Group.
  • Advisory board member and invited lecture at Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Conferences, Perth WA
  • Chairman of the World Hydrogen Energy Conference (Brisbane)
  • Nominated as founding President of the Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy
  • Chair of Brisbane Branch of the Australian Institute of Energy.
  • Advisor of Swedish Government to review their energy R&D programme.
  • Fonds dAppui aux Initiatives Economiques (Support Fund for Economic Initiatives) FAIE

Awards

  • Henry Jones (London) Medal of the Institution of Gas Engineers
  • Prizes for the best posters at the Grove Fuel Cell Symposia

Publications and Patents

  • Author and Co-Author of over 70 peer-reviewed research articles in leading science journals, text books, and chapters.
  • Named on 12 patents.

 


Education

  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  • D.I.D. Industrial Chemistry, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  • B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry, Loughborough Univeristy, Loughborough, UK 

 

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