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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


DEI Seminar Series: Challenges in Thermal Energy Engineering

27th February 2020, 13:00 to 14:00, E102, Dr Yiji Lu

The researches in thermal energy engineering focus on the technological development and application of advanced thermodynamic methods for the optimisation of thermal energy systems, such as power generation, refrigeration and heat pumps.

This seminar will provide an overview of thermal energy technologies with a particular focus on energy conversion and storage addressing the key research challenges in these two topics. It will discuss various thermal energy systems explaining the working principles, comparing and identifying the potential application areas/methods for decarbonising thermal energy. Research challenges and potential solutions in thermal energy engineering will then be summarised by reporting the ongoing research projects.

Dr Yiji Lu is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Engineering. His research focuses on energy conversion and storage technologies, integrated energy systems and alternative/cleaner fuels to tackle the Climate Change Issues. Dr Lu has an excellent track record in energy engineering research with over 60 articles in high-quality international journals and peer-reviewed conferences, and one book chapter, with over 400 citations, and an H-index of 12 and i10-index of 16 (Google Scholar; Research Gate; Publons). From 2019, Dr Lu is a member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review Collegeand an invited reviewer for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme. He serves as an Editor in Elsevier, Nature Research, MDPI and Frontiers Journals.

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