Presentation Title:

How can combined heat and power using small gas turbines contribute to net-zero targets


Abdulnaser Sayma is a Professor of Energy Engineering, the Head of Department of Engineering at City, University of London, and the Director of the Thermofluid Research Centre. He is a Fellow of the IMechE and RAeS and a member of the Energy Institute.

Professor Sayma obtained a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birzeit University in Palestine, MSc in Energy Technology from Salford University and a PhD from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1994.

He was a research assistant at Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London 1994-1995. In 1996, He joined the Rolls-Royce Vibrations University Technology Centre at Imperial College London till 2005 progressing to a Principal Research Fellow and Royal Academic of Engineering Senior Research Fellow. His work focused on the development of numerical modelling tools for aerodynamics and aeroelasticity in gas turbine engines for aircraft propulsion.

After a short spell as Senior Lecturer in Computational Mechanics at Brunel University, he became a Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics at University of Sussex, 2006-2012 and then joined City University of London in 2013 as a Professor of Energy Engineering.

At City, He held the positions of Associate Dean for Post Graduate Taught Programmes (2014-2019) and the interim Dean in 2019 in the School of Mathematics Computer Science and Engineering.

He is the founder and leader of the Turbomachinery and Energy System Research group comprising. Research focus is on thermal energy, power generation from renewable resources and waste heat recovery and thermal energy storage. Specific technologies are micro gas turbines, organic Rankine Cycles, Supercritical carbon dioxide cycles and high temperature industrial heat pumps. The group attracts substantial research funding from the European Commission, EPSRC, InnovateUK and industry.

He is the founder and chairman of the European Micro Gas Turbine Forum (EMGTF) and has been a member of the Technology Board for the European Turbine Network (ETN) 2014-2020.