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Empowering Waste Management: The Waste2Energy Initiative

The Waste2Energy project is a collaborative initiative aimed at enhancing Saudi Arabia’s waste management capabilities and promoting the conversion of waste to energy. With a focus on integrating UK-based waste to energy technologies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), this project facilitates partnerships, knowledge exchange, and investments between the UK and KSA. The primary objectives include driving the adoption of UK waste to energy technologies in KSA, creating continuous professional development (CPD) and translation education (TNE) opportunities, attracting investments, and enabling UK companies to participate in KSA’s waste to energy sector.

Cross-Border Collaboration

Facilitating partnerships and knowledge exchange between the UK and KSA

Technology Integration Focus

Driving adoption of UK waste-to-energy technologies in KSA.

Meet The Team

Driving Sustainable Solutions with Waste2Energy

Muhammad Imran

Senior Lecturer • Engineering And Technology, EBRI, Aston University

Dr. Imran is established researcher and working in energy efficiency and sustainability since 2012. His research activities aimed at developing innovative energy systems and improving the energy performance of existing energy systems. He has been working in waste heat to power conversion technologies (ORC, KC, sCO2), and was part of the team at Korea Institute of Energy Research that successfully developed and commercialized 5kW, 30kW, and 100kW ORC system.

He is currently working in heat to power conversion technologies (ORC, sCO2), hybrid energy systems (geothermal, solar, wind, biomass), CHP system, thermal energy management, district heating and cooling, and heat pump.

Dr. Farooq’s research interests are in the areas of energy sciences, combustion chemistry, spectroscopy and laser-based sensors. He is the principal investigator of Chemical Kinetics and Laser Sensors Laboratory and is affiliated with the Clean Combustion Research Center. Professor Farooq’s group focuses on the development and use of advanced experimental techniques to understand fundamental processes in traditional and renewable energy-conversion devices. The laboratory carries out experimental research on chemical kinetics using shock tubes and rapid compression machine. These idealized reactors enable the study of reaction kinetics, fuel chemistry, ignition properties, and emissions under conditions suitable for future high-efficiency, low-emission engines and gas turbines. Professor Farooq is interested in the development of new laser-based sensors and their application to a variety of energy systems. These sensors are used to make in-situ measurements of various parameters of interest such as species concentration, gas temperature, flow velocity, mass flux, and particle number density. Small-sized quantum-cascade lasers are used to design highly sensitive sensors that are portable and can be applied directly in industrial settings. Also, Professor Farooq is interested in developing laser-based sensors for biomedical and environment–monitoring applications.

Aamir Farooq

Professor, Mechanical Engineering Chair, Mechanical Engineering Program, KAUST

Durga Prasad

Project Manager, Aston University

Durga Prasad brings over 18 years of diverse expertise as a Project Manager across higher education, public services, and customer service sectors. His skill set encompasses project management, team leadership, process enhancement, and business expansion in both public and private domains. With a Master of Business Administration (MBA) specializing in Business Administration and Management, he holds certifications in PRINCE2 and Six Sigma methodologies.

Among his achievements is his role as Project Manager for a substantial £6 million collaborative research endeavor in bioenergy research. Leading coordination efforts among 8 academic partners and numerous industrial collaborators, he demonstrated adept management skills.

In 2019, Durga transitioned to Aston University as an Industry Engagement Officer, where he played a crucial role in supporting the European regional development fund project. Prior to this, he made significant contributions to the UK Visas and Immigration project, overseeing the UK visa application process and resolving complaints across the Asia Pacific region.

Janardhanraj Subburaj’s research broadly focuses on understanding fundamental shockwave phenomena and realizing novel interdisciplinary applications of shockwaves. Specifically, his current research investigates supersonic flows in miniature-scales through extensive experiments and computational efforts to develop new miniature shock tubes. He is also exploring non-conventional uses of large-scale shock tubes in material synthesis/modification.

His research involves implementing advanced flow diagnostic techniques and innovative experimental test rigs to give insights into flow physics.

Janardhanraj Subburaj

Research Scientist & Project Manager, KAUST