Tim Cockerill's Funded Projects
Effective Adsorbents for Establishing Solids Looping as a Next Generation NG PCC Technology [Institution PI, £140K of £900K, EPSRC, 2012-2016]
flue gas characteristics of natural fired gas power plants, mostly
operating in a combined cycle of gas turbine and steam turbine (NGCC),
differ significantly from those from coal-fired power plants. A
new generation of PCC technologies tailored to NGCC power plants need
to developed and demonstrated in the next 10 - 20 years in order for
their commercialisation with a new generation of gas plant. Solid
adsorbents looping technology (SALT) is widely recognised as having the
potential to be a viable next generation post combustion capture
technology for CO2 capture compared to the state-of-art amine
scrubbing, offering potentially significantly improved process
efficiency at much reduced energy penalty, lower capital and
operational costs and smaller plant footprint .The aim of this project
is to overcome the performance barriers for implementing two types of
candidate adsorbent systems (developed at Nottingham), and optimise
plant configuration and adsorbant properties with respect to both
environmental and economic parameters.
Policy and Institutional Frameworks for Investment in Carbon Capture and Storage Networks in the UK [Lead supervisor, Industry Funded PhD, 2011-2014].
PhD project, of which I am lead co-supervisor, is investigating the
technical and institutional barriers to the development of large
networks of CCS systems in the UK using a combination of engineering
and regulatory analysis. The benefits of such networks are being
evaluated using conceptual design approaches and relatively simple
systems level simulations. In the longer term, the project will
formulate regulatory and policy approaches aimed at overcoming the
barriers and maximising the environmental benefits.
SUPERGEN HiDEF: Local energy workstream [Institution PI, £100K, EPSRC Funded, 2009-2014]
Highly Distributed Energy Future (Hi-DEF) is a consortium of UK
Universities and industrial partners. Consortium members are developing
the analytical evaluation tools, interface technologies and
coordination strategies that are required to demonstrate support the
integrative solutions of a future power system that delivers
sustainability and security through the widespread deployment of
distributed energy resources. Our component of the project is examining
the extent to which local Government is able to play an effective role
in delivering the locally managed energy policy frameworks that will be
necessary to support future locally based energy technologies. Further
information is at http://www.supergen-hidef.org
Potential for Novel Solar Hydrogen Technologies: An interdisciplinary
approach towards commercial and technical potential of Solar Hydrogen
generation [Lead Supervisor, UKERC funded PhD Studentship, 2009-2012].
PhD project is developing numerical simulations of renewable energy
resources and systems to further investigate where energy storage
technologies can add value to the electricity supply system. The value
of the simulation tool will be demonstrated by application to a case
study of distributed electricity storage using hydrogen.
Energyscapes and Ecosystem Services [Institution PI, £40K of £250K, NERC Funded, 2010-2011]
innovative consortium project sets out to investigate the ways in which
decentralised renewable energy systems interact with each other, and
thereby impact on local ecosystems. A series of simulations have been
developed to explore how deployment of different combinations of
renewable energy systems can maximise the production potential of an
area while minimising the environmental impact.
Analysis tools for
urban wind turbines, in collaboration with University of Reading
Department of Meteorology [Lead Supervisor, EPSRC DTA Funded PhD]. This
project has developed a numerical model of those aspects of the urban
wind environment that are important for wind energy applications. The
improved understanding is enabling the formulation of procedures for
the optimal location and design of turbines in the urban environment.
Aligning Supply and Demand for Optimised Low Carbon Energy Solutions,
in collaboration with University of Reading [Lead Supervisor, EPSRC DTA Funded PhD].
project used spatial and temporal data on renewable resource
availability and energy demand to investigate the economic value of
electricity storage technologies to the grid.
Lifecycle and techno-economic analysis of Carbon Capture systems for the UK,
part of the NERC funded UK Carbon Capture and Storage Consortium
(UKCCSC), lead by Imperial College [Institution PI, £90K of £1M total
The consortium as a whole attempted to take
an integrated multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the
obstacles to the deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) within
the UK. Within this context, a whole system numerical model of CCS
plant techno-economics and lifecycle emissions was further developed to
(a) include a wider range of technologies and (b) treat some of the
processes in more detail.
An integrated study of carbon dioxide sequestration in the UK
funded project in collaboration with Tyndall Centre, University of
Manchester & British Geological Survey [Institution PI, £50K of
£200K total value, 2001-2004].
The project as a whole tackled
engineering, geological and social aspects of carbon dioxide
sequestration (CCS) technologies. We developed a ‘whole system’
engineering-economic model of some CCS options. This was used to
explore the relationships between overall system configuration, optimal
design of sub-systems and the cost of energy for a number of CCS
schemes of relevance to the UK.
Site Specific Design of Wind Turbines Using Numerical Cost Optimisation (SITEOPT)
JOULE funded project in collaboration with Risų National Laboratory
Denmark, ECN (Netherlands Energy Research Centre), Bonus A/S, Largerway
Windturbine [Institution PI, £100Kof £500K total value, 1998-2000].
project set out to establish whether worthwhile cost savings could be
produced by custom designing wind turbines to match the wind conditions
at specific sited. A detailed model of an entire wind turbine was
developed that designs and costs the turbine on the basis of certain
load predictions. Numerical optimisation algorithms were used to
identify optimum turbine designs for a range of possible wind farm
Structural and Economic Optimisation of Offshore Wind Energy Converter Systems (Opti-OWECS),
JOULE funded project in collaboration with Delft University of
Technology Institute for Wind Energy, Delft University of Technology
Workgroup Offshore Technology, Kvaerner-Turbin AB. Kvaerner Earl &
Wright. [Researcher, £100K of £1M total value, 1996-1998]
comprehensive techno-economic model of offshore wind farm installations
was developed together with a series of design optimisation routines.
The model included rigorous numerical calculations of the loads
experienced by offshore wind turbines. Economically optimal farm
configurations and locations within northern Europe were identified.
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