A senior mechanical engineering researcher from University College London (UCL) has been awarded 1.5 million pound to develop hydrogen combustion technologies for power generation and aero-propulsion applications.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) awarded Dr. Midhat Talibi the funding through its Future Leaders Fellowship to help tackle the ambitious project which is helping resolve a worldwide problem – the global energy crisis.
The Future Leaders Fellowships supports early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential, enabling each fellow to tackle ambitious and challenging research and innovation.
The Hope-project is focused on developing hydrogen combustion technologies for power generation and aero-propulsion applications. This research has the potential to be far-reaching and will provide significant advances in the development of commercial hydrogen gas turbines, enabling the UK to lead in low-carbon gas turbine innovation.
Going forward, the UKRI Fellowship will allow Talibi to create an advisory board comprising of academic and industrial mentors, and technology heads of the project partners – Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery and Reaction Engines – to facilitate two-way knowledge exchange.
Further public outreach is also planned to raise awareness of the societal challenges related to energy and the environment, and to highlight the role low-carbon disruptive technologies can play in mitigating these challenges.
Ultimately, there is huge potential for Talibi’s research to find applications in other industries, such as domestic and commercial heating. As a result, the development of hydrogen combustion technology could have immense benefits on a national and global level.