Professor Alan Guwy is the Head of the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) the largest research Centre at the University of South Wales (USW). He has carried out research in the areas of sustainable energy and environment science and engineering for more than 30 years. Currently his research interests are on the renewable hydrogen production, hydrogen energy systems and the optimization of biological and bioelectrochemical systems for the recovery of energy and high value products from industrial syngases, waste and biomass.
He currently leads hydrogen energy systems research in FLEXIS, a £24 million research operation designed to develop an energy systems research capability in Wales. He also leads the SERC team in the EPSRC LifesCO2R project, developing novel technology based upon integrated low-cost bio-electrochemical processes to convert CO2 into liquid fuels for transportation, energy storage, heating and other applications. He is the USW PI in an ERDF project entitled Reduce Industrial Carbon Emissions – “RICE”. He is the USW lead on the FLEXISAPP project and the inventor of novel processes “OxyHyH20”. In collaboration with TATA and Welsh Water and the IDRIC team he is the lead on an industrial biorefinery initiative entitled “ The VFA Factory for Decarbonisation” making carboxylic acids from biowastes and syngases. He was the Operating Agent for the International Energy Agency’s Biohydrogen Task 34 and a Scientific Advisor for the H2FCSUPERGEN Hub.
He has received funding either as principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator (Co-I) from the EPSRC BBSRC, NERC (MeteorRR) and a variety of EU programmes totalling more than £15M. These include funding from 5 EPSRC SUPERGEN projects (UK SHEC, BIOFC), EU framework projects FP 5, 6, 7 and H2020 and a number of large ERDF projects including FLEXIS, RICE, H2Wales, LCRI. He was the leading USW investigator in a H2020 project RESURBIS to recover energy in the form of hydrogen and valuable products such as volatile fatty acids as platform chemicals form of green chemicals from sewage sludge and other municipal wastes.
He has published over 110 ISI papers, with 9619 citations and an h-index of 47. His publications include papers in high impact journals such as Energy & Environment Systems (IF 33.25) and two of top 10 highest cited papers in the journal of Water Research in last 30 years and the highest cited paper in the journal of Water Science and Technology in last 20 years.
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