I was appointed in May 2015 as Senior Engineer in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to manage a 0.5 MW power plant at the European Bioenergy Research Institute.
The plant is able to provide heat, electricity and cooling to EBRI and other buildings in the campus. My responsibilities include:
- Preventive and corrective maintenance
- Project management of plant improvements
- Health and safety
- Plant documentation
- Procurement and contract management
I am supervising the engineering jobs and producing the plant documentation (P&IDs, control operating philosophies) to complete the risks assessments (HazOps) and improve the performance of the different subsystems:
- 400 kW combined heat and power engine,
- 300 kg/h gasification plant
- 100 kg/h pyrolysis plant
At EBRI I actively contribute to the success different research projects, and was the Coordinator of the Pyrogas project during its last period.
Before joining EBRI I was Head of the Biomass Department at the Science and Technology Park of Albacete in Spain, where I lead the commissioning of a pellet mill (100 kg/h), a biomass boiler (50 kW), a fluidized bed gasifier and a fully equipped biofuels laboratory.
During my PhD I specialised in the use of producer gas from biomass gasification and its combustion properties. As a Postdoc at the University of Leeds I studied the knock tendency of a spark ignition engine fuelled with producer gas from gasification.
Marie Curie Research Fellowship (May 2013 – May 2015) Pyrogas Project: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/eas/research/groups/ebri/projects/pyrogas-project/about-us/