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Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj is head of the Energy & Climate Change Division (ECCD) at the University of Southampton where he completed his PhD in 1982, and progressed from a researcher to a Personal Chair of Sustainable Energy.
For more than 25 years, Prof Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research directing one of the UK's leading university-based research groups, the Sustainable Energy Research Group, (SERG). The aims of ECCD and SERG are to promote and conduct fundamental and applied research and pre-industrial development in the areas of energy technologies, improvements in energy efficiency and assess the impact of climate change on buildings. Under the leadership of Prof Bahaj, SERG involvement in ground breaking research projects in the UK, as well as in China, the Middle East and Africa has been pivotal.
As an experienced research team director, Prof Bahaj has initiated and managed research in ocean energy conversion (resources, technologies and impacts), photovoltaics, energy in buildings and impacts of climate change on the built environment, resulting in over 240 published academic articles in journals and conferences of international standing. From 2001 to 2007, Prof Bahaj was a member of the Department of Business and Regulatory Reform (BERR) Technology Programmes Panels on Water (including ocean energy) and Solar Energy. He is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Marine Energy and was the EPSRC appointee on the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Supervisory Board (2005-2010). He is also a member of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Advisory Board.
Prof Bahaj is a major contributor to the energy debate at local, national and EU levels as well as through the organisation of and participation at major international conferences and meetings. He has been invited to deliver keynote addresses in conferences throughout Europe, America and the Far East. In 2007, he was invited to give the RSA President's Lecture, chaired by HRH Prince Phillip. He was Conference Chair of EWTEC 2011 in Southampton, and is a member of the British Standards Institute (BSI) Committee GEL/82 on PV Energy Systems.
To address a lack of education and training in the areas of energy and climate change, he developed two revolutionary MSc programmes - MSc Energy Resources & Climate Change and MSc Energy Environment & Buildings, covering energy generation and distribution, energy resources and climate change and energy in the built environment (energymasters.soton.ac.uk/).
In 2013, Prof Bahaj was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to Southampton City Council - believed to be the first such appointment in the UK.
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Current Areas of research (details are at: www.energy.soton.ac.uk)
(i) Marine energy: wave and tidal energy, developing new knowledge which contributes to our understanding of the kinetic energy conversion of the flow in the sea by horizontal axis turbines and fundamental understanding of specific wave energy devices.
(ii) Urban energy studies: Research linking building refurbishment and occupier comfort to achieve reduced demand. Use of urban energy generation technologies such as solar photovoltaic (PV), microwind turbines, micro combined heat and power (µCHP) and ground source heat pumps to address electricity and heat generation. Large scale refurbishment of buildings, energy efficiency measures and application of combine heat and power (CHP) technologies in communities.
(iii) Building performance under changing climate: This work stems from a prestigious EPSRC grant awarded through their flagship programme on Sustainable Urban Environments. It resulted in the development of tools for industry that created appropriate weather data sets as input to building simulation software. These tools are now the standard, with a link to them provided through the UKCIP and EU websites.
(iv) Low carbon cities: Research in this area builds on understanding generated from studies (ii) and (iii) above and aims to (a) apply it to the fast development within China (and the concomitant increase in carbon emissions) and (b) to link the carbon emission reduction work being undertaken within UK cities funded by EPSRC and City Councils. The work in China stems from my leadership and co-ordination of the EPSRC, Eco-region research networks (EcoNetworks - www.eco-networks.org) which aimed to develop research projects to study eco-city development encompassing resource assessment, technology pathways for the production and conservation of energy, planning, and the social and economic impact studies required to establish eco-regions in China, UK and elsewhere. A new EPSRC Programme Grant "Liveable Cities" (£6.3million) was recently awarded to extend this work.
(iv) Energy for Development: Current work in Africa promoting and implementing electrification projects for impoverished rural villages without power sources, establishing and addressing villagers' needs, investigating impacts on rural poverty and improving the health and wellbeing of the community. This unique work is providing power to businesses and to around 3000 villagers in Kenya and influencing the work of global institutions with mandates in this area. (www.energyfordevelopment.net).
Primary research group: Energy and Climate Change
(E4D) Replication of Rural Decentralised off-grid Electricity Generation through Technology and Business Innovation
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