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Doctor Ranga Dinesh Kahanda Koralage

Dr Ranga Dinesh Kahanda Koralage


Research interests

  • Zero-Carbon Energy Systems: Hydrogen and altrenative zero-carbon energy systems 
  • Clean Combustion Technology of Hydrogen, Ammonia, Biofuels and Synthetic fuels: internal combustion engines, gas turbines, thermal boilers
  • Green Hydrogen Production Using Renewable Energy: Process systems engineering, Scalability and energy management

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Dr. Ranga Dinesh Kahanda Koralage joined Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton as a New Frontiers Fellow in 2013, and became a Lecturer in Energy Technologies in 2016. Prior to this appointment, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in School of Engineering, Cranfield University (2007-10), and Senior Research Fellow in Engineering Department, Lancaster University (2010-12). His current research focuses on developing and applying fundamental theoretical and computational techniques to better understand zero-carbon energy systems such as hydrogen and ammonia for future decarbonisation strategy. The ultimate goal of his research is to improve technologies for production, storage and utilisation of hydrogen and zero-carbon energy vectors for power generation, transportation and domestic/industrial energy applications. This includes zero-carbon thermal propulsion systems such as hydrogen and hydrogen-ammonia spark ignition (SI) engine combustion, diesel-hydrogen and diesel-hydrogen-ammonia dual-fuel compression ignition (CI) engine combustion, hydrogen burner combustion for domestic/industrial hydrogen boilers, thermodynamics and thermal management of hydrogen fuel cell and battery systems, process systems engineering of large-scale green hydrogen production systems integrating renewable energy and hydrogen and alternative fuel storage solutions. To date, he has secured 6 research grants as Principal Investigator (PI) from UKRI EPSRC, Innovate UK and Industry. In his research field of Energy & Flow Physics, he has an international publication profile with about 74 journal and conference publications with significant research output published in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 

Research Grants:

  • Novel High Efficiency Ammonia Engine Technology for Heavy Duty Marine Applications (HEAT-HD) (10096638), Principal Investigator (PI), £144,441, Innovate UK Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC4) Round 4 Feasibility Studies and Pre-Deployment Trials, 2024-2025
  • Methane Slip Avoidance in a Marine Engine, Principal Investigator (PI), £85,032, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited, 2023-2024
  • Double Efficient Pilot Fuel Free Ceramic Hydrogen Combustion Engine Technology for Marine Applications (10041177), Principal Investigator (PI), £97,159, Innovate UK Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC2) Round 2 Feasibility Study, 2022-2023
  • Methanol Heavy Duty Marine Compression Ignition Engine, Principal Investigator (PI), £37, 536, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited, 2021-2022
  • Carnot Marine Vessel APUs-Feasibility Study (10008878), Principal Investigator (PI), £20,352, Innovate UK Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC1) Round 1 Feasibility Study, 2021-2022
  • High Hydrogen content (HHC) Fuel Burning at High Pressure (EP/L025051/1), Principal Investigator (PI), £94,580, EPSRC (Frist Grant), 2014-2016