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Prof Olabi is director and founding member of the Institute of Engineering and Energy Technologies (www.uws.ac.uk\ieet) at the University of the West of Scotland. He received his M.Eng and Ph.D. from Dublin City University, since 1984 he worked at SSRC, HIAST, National Research Centre-Italy “CNR”, Research Centre of FIAT-Italy “CRF”, DCU and UWS. Prof Olabi has supervised postgraduate research students (10 M.Eng and 30PhD) to successful completion. Prof Olabi has edited 13 proceedings, and has published more than 135 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and about 135 papers in international conferences, in addition to 25 book chapters. In the last 12 months Prof Olabi has patented an innovative fuel cell design. Prof Olabi is the founder of the International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection SEEP, www.seepconference.co.uk

He is the Subject Editor of the Elsevier Energy Journal and board member of a few other journals. Prof Olabi has coordinated different National, EU and International Projects. He has produced different reports to the Irish Gov. regarding: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and Solar Energy.

IEET has large number of academic and technical members, working on different aspects related to Engineering and Energy Technologies.

IEET engaged with local industry across the following substantially interlinked themes:

Energy and environment: hydrogen fuel cells, biofuel generation, wind, solar, wave and geothermal energy generation, energy storage systems, optimization of renewable energy equipment parts and systems, membrane separation technologies for wastewater and desalination treatments in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Materials and mechanics: composite materials, MRF, MS materials, foam materials, micromechanical characterisation, modelling of structural and thermal behaviours, design of sensors and actuators, optimization of vehicle damping and energy absorption systems and biomedical devices. 

Construction: concrete (SCC, HPC, incorporating recycled materials), microstructures and micromechanics of cementitious composites, traditional mortars, stone, advanced multifunctional surface consolidants and self-cleaning treatments, construction management, BIM.

Manufacturing Process and Systems: information modelling and machine tool testing and verification, manufacturing  processes, dissimilar- hybrid welding, lean manufacturing and supply chain management.

Area of academic expertise - outline


1) Sustainable Energy and Alternative Fuel Systems. Main research activities Fuel Cell Developments, and Bio-Energy.

2) Smart (MS and MRF) and Magnetic Materials.

3) Laser Welding, Cutting, and Surface Hardening.

4) Energy Absorbing Systems,

Current research activities

-Prototype Developments for Tidal Energy, KTP with Linell, funded by Innovate UK.

-Hydrogen Cell Developments, KTP with PEAK Science, funded by Innovate UK.

-Design of Innovative Education Facilities, KTP with EME Furniture, funded by Innovate UK.

-Algal Solutions for a Local Energy Economy (ASLEE)-Phase 1, funded by Local Energy Scotland.

-Using Waste Heat in Cooking Industies, funded by ETP and Chin Chin Ltd.

-Robust Thermal Engineering Approach for Generating Energy from Waste, funded by Scottish Funding Council "Interface – Food and Drink".

Desired research direction

The research areas concentrate on improving the production efficiency and increasing the yield of energy resources such as methane, bioethanol and biodiesel utilizing indigenous raw materials: naturally occurring micro and macro algae, grass and maize silage, and yeast and water waste which are industrial by products. The third research area deals with the design and optimization of an innovative fuel cell/electrolyser device with high efficiency and low cost, the initial concept of this device has been patented by Prof Olabi between 2014 and 2016. The project also concerns by introducing a renewable energy storage systems for ensuring constant electricity supply to the customer. This energy storage system will be able to transform excess energy produced from a renewable energy source, e.g. wind turbine, into stored hydrogen and uses this storage medium to produce electricity on demand for the customer.

Target collaborative companies

The main partners are:

- Peak Scientific, currently involved in KTP project on the development of Hydrogen Cell.

- Excogita srl, www.escogita.biz, Italian partner in H2020 project (under preparation).

- Celignis Ltd, www.celignis.com, Irish partner in H2020 project (under preparation).

- Demetra Ltd, www.demetragreen.ie, Irish partner in H2020 project (under preparation).

- Panvita EKOTEH Ltd, www.panvita.si, Slovenian partner in H2020 project (under preparation).

- ICMEA sr, www.icmea.it, Italian partner in H2020 project (under preparation).

- Ardnamurchan Estate – Woodlands Renewables Ltd  http://www.ardnamurchanestate.co.uk/

- Ardtoe Marine Research Facility (FAI Aquaculture Ltd)   http://www.faifarms.com/

- ALIenergy (Argyll, Lomond & the Islands Energy Agency)  http://www.alienergy.org.uk/

- Marine Environmental Research Laboratory, University of Stirling  http://www.fishresearch.co.uk/facilities/merl

- Sgurr Energy Limited  http://www.sgurrenergy.com/

- VCharge Energy UK Ltd.  http://vcharge-energy.com/

- Xanthella Limited   www.xanthella.co.uk


Target collaborative organisations

- Dublin City University, www.dcu.ie, Irish partner in H2020 project (under preparation).

- University of Macau, www.umac.mo

- Aalbory University, www.en.aau.dk

- Politecnico di Bari, www.poliba.it

- University of Rome Tor Vergata, www.uniroma2.it

-Hainan University, China. http://gjwhjl.hainu.edu.cn/e/action/ListInfo/?classid=45


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

-Renewable Energy

-Design and Simulation

-Smart Materials

-Advance Manufacturing Systems.

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Fuel cells Engineering & Materials Science
Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) Engineering & Materials Science
Biogas Engineering & Materials Science
fuel cells Physics & Astronomy
Biomass Engineering & Materials Science
Foams Engineering & Materials Science
Methane Engineering & Materials Science
Design of experiments Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2006 2019

Fuel cell membranes: pros and cons

Ogungbemi, E., Ijaodola, O., Khatib, F. N., Wilberforce, T., El Hassan, Z., Thompson, J., Ramadan, M. & Olabi, A. G., 1 Apr 2019, In : Energy. 172, p. 155-172 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cell membranes
Fuel cells
Composite membranes
Mechanical stability

Prospects and challenges of concentrated solar photovoltaics and enhanced geothermal energy technologies

Awotwe, T., Baroutaji, A., El-Hassan, Z., Thompson, J., Soudan, B. & Olabi, A-G., 1 Apr 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 659, p. 851-861 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Geothermal energy
geothermal energy
future prospect
renewable resource

A numerical and experimental study of a new design of closed dynamic respiration chamber

Al Makky, A., Alaswad, A., Gibson, D., Song, S. & Olabi, A. G., 28 Feb 2018, In : Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 145, p. 326-340 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access