Dr James Reed

Senior Lecturer


Contact Details


Staff Profile:


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  • MEng Automotive Engineering (Loughborough University)
  • MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology (Loughborough University)
  • Ph.D. A microchannel sulphur tolerant steam reformer with integral multi-zone catalytic combustor (Loughborough University)


James Reed is a Senior Lecturer in renewable energy and a member of the Sustainable Environment Research Centre at the University of South Wales. James has a MEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering, a MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology, and a PhD in the use of microchannel heat exchanger technology for the steam reforming of LPG. His research interests include the upgrading of non-conventional methane rich gases such as biogas to hydrogen via steam reforming utilising compact heat exchanger technology, with a focus on modelling of the fuel processing system to optimise thermal integration and reduce the cost of development. He is also involved in developing the use of Fourier transform near infrared spectroscopy (FT-NIRS) for use as an online process monitoring and control system for anaerobic treatment processes. This involves the use of multivariate statistical techniques including principle component analysis and partial least squares regression to produce integrated monitoring systems for the treatment process with a goal of optimising the process and increasing plant operational flexibility.


  • Course Leader – MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management
  • Module Leader – RE4S002: Renewable Energy I – Hydro, Tidal, Wave and Bioenergy
  • Module Leader – RE4S003: Renewable Energy II – Wind, Solar, and Geothermal
  • Module Leader – RE4T001: Dissertation: Renewable Energy and Resource Management
  • Module Leader – ES2S63: Sustainable Energy Resources




Current Funding

  • Engaged on the ERDF – Welsh Government ‘SMARTExpertise’ funded SMART Collaboration for an Industrial Resource CircuLar Economy (CIRCLE) in collaboration with Welsh Water, Tata Steel UK, GP Biotec, Bryn Power, Fre-Energy , BPE Design and Support, and Heatcatcher.
  • Engaged on the ERDF – Welsh Government funded Flexible Integrated Energy Systems (FLEXIS) project under WP5: Hydrogen Energy Storage and WP6: Sustainable Production and Purification of Hydrogen Syngas, BioH2 and BioCH4.

Past Funding:

  • Engaged on the A4B funded Knowledge Transfer Centre for Advanced Anaerobic Processes and Biogas Systems (KTC AAPBS) to develop and deploy FT-NIRS as a monitoring and control system for anaerobic digestion systems.
  • Engaged on the LCRI WEST project to develop training materials and courses in the area of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.

Current Research Students:

  • Supervisor for PhD Michael Darke ‘Real-time monitoring and control of sewage sludge feed management, digestion and dewatering’ in collaboration with Welsh Water, (Funded under the ESF-KESS II programme) (Started October 2017)
  • Supervisor for PhD Angela Oliveira ‘Optimisation of Anaerobic Digestion Plant Design and Operations for Improved Energy Production and Odour Management’, in collaboration with Bryn Compost Ltd.(Funded under the ESF-KESS II programme) (Started in 2016).
  • Supervisor for PhD Kleitos Panagi ‘The effect of gaseous sulphur-based impurities on the co-electrolysis of steam and carbon dioxide using solid oxide electrolysis cells’. (Started in 2016).

Past Research Students

  • Supervisor for PhD Ivo Oliveira ‘Optimisation of dewatering of sewage sludge digestates’ (funded by ERDF, WG and EU-IEE); (in collaboration with Dr. Muhammad Abu-Orf)
  • Supervisor for PhD Philemon Kumi ‘Improving the Bioconversion of Lignocellulosic Feedstock to Bio-fuels and Chemicals’