Dan throughout his life has always enjoyed and had an underlying interest in science and its relevance in the real world. This led to him focusing his GCSEs and A-Levels on Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Upon achieving these qualifications Dan set about studying Chemical Engineering at University, which he saw was an excellent balance between the three subjects he studied at A-Level.
Dan graduated from the University of Birmingham with a 2.1 degree in Chemical Engineering in 2009. Dan has a keen interest in sustainability and future fuels so after his undergraduate studies decided to take up an MRes in the Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research. Dan’s research was focused on the use of ultrasound to improve the efficiency of electrolysis in aqueous solutions.
Upon completion of his MRes, Dan was accepted on the Doctoral Training Centre for Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, to complete a four year PhD with Integrated Studies in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications. This project would be in the same research field as studied for his MRes.
In his spare time, Dan is a keen sportsman who can be regularly found on the golf course networking with colleagues, cheering on his beloved Manchester United, or having a bet or two on the horses. Dan is very outgoing person who enjoys socialising with friends and I like to keep up to date on world affairs.
In his spare time, Dan is a keen sportsman who can be regularly found on the golf course networking with colleagues, cheering on his beloved Manchester United, or having a bet or two on the horses. Dan is a very outgoing person who enjoys socialising with friends and likes to keep up to date on world affairs.
Currently 50 million tonnes of Hydrogen are produced globally every year. It is predicted that the production will increase substantially over the coming decades. Currently 95-96% of global Hydrogen production is obtained from fossil fuels, which produces 90-99% purity Hydrogen with greenhouse gases (GHGs) as a by-product.
Water electrolysis represents only 4-5% of global Hydrogen production. The process involves passing an electrical current through water, to split water molecules into Hydrogen and Oxygen. The Hydrogen produced is very pure (>99.99%) and therefore will not poison the highly expensive platinum catalyst in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs).
Dan’s PhD primarily focuses on the design, build and testing of electrolysers for alkaline and PEM technologies. These electrolysers can then be incorporated into much larger systems for application on a much larger scale. Systems will be designed, built and tested for stationary and mobile applications.
These systems can incorporate renewable resources such as solar and wind energy to provide electrical energy to electrolysers which produces no (GHG) emissions. Since water electrolysis produces no GHG emissions, ‘Green’ Hydrogen is produced since it has a zero carbon footprint.