Prof. Hussam Jouhara
Brunel University London (UK)

Prof. Hussam Jouhara is an associate professor in Brunel University London. He is also a co-chairman of the ASEE 2017 Conference. Since obtaining his PhD from Manchester University in 2004, he worked in academia and industry in the UK and Europe where he developed extensive expertise in working on applied energy-related research activities with direct support from various UK and international industry partners. He has proven expertise in designing and manufacturing various types of heat exchangers, including heat pipes and heat pipe-based systems, for low, medium and high temperature applications (from -170°C to 1500°C). So far he has received over L5.6M in research funding (as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator) from various UK/EU based research councils and from British, European and international industrial partners. His work has resulted in over 24 innovative industrial heat exchangers for controlled cooling/heating thermal systems, solar energy harvesting, waste heat recovery systems, waste treatment/biomass production, HVAC units, cryogenic cooling/preservation and in food industries. These systems are now being used by small to large scale companies world-wide.

Home Energy Recovery Unit (HERU)

The keynote describes the benefits of implementing heat pipe technology in the pyrolysis process to facilitate an efficient, cost effective and space saving municipal waste treatment unit. The concept's goal is to convert municipal waste to inert components (biomass) that can be furtherly used as a fuel to heat water for domestic use. The pyrolysis principles, the state-of-the-art thermal treatments of waste management, the types of treated waste and the properties of the post-pyrolysis products are covered in this keynote. Moreover, the paper includes the experimental findings of an innovative pyrolysis reactor design, with regards to its performance, in terms of the temperature distribution inside the reaction chamber and the power consumption of the chamber, as well as the thermo-chemical characterisation of the bio-chars and pyro-oils obtained from the process.