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Design for resource and energy efficiency in ceramic kilns


Project description

The DREAM ( Design for Resource and Energy efficiency in cerAMic kilns) project aims to optimise ceramic furnaces by improving the overall architecture of the system; this includes reducing the emissions produced, lowering operation/ fuel costs and optimising energy consumption. 

To achieve this, the project consists of the following technologies:

  • Heat pipe heat exchangers
  • Control systems
  • Refractory work
  • CHP Unit
  • Emission abatement system

The DREAM project combines five innovative technologies to promote sustainability within the ceramic industry, to ensure this objective is met, the project will develop small scale and industrial scale units to validate the technologies and show commercial viability. As market replicability is a key factor, the DREAM project aims to reduce energy consumption by 20% with a payback period of less than 3 years. The addition of sub systems (Heat pipe heat exchangers and CHP unit) will allow for an innovative redesign of a traditional ceramic kiln. With this statement, the broader objective of the project is to allow the development of the system for other related market opportunities in the ceramic sector.

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Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Professor Hussam Jouhara - Having worked in academia and the industry, Hussam has unique expertise in working on applied heat exchangers and energy-related research activities with direct support from research councils and various UK and international industrial partners. He has extensive expertise in designing and manufacturing various types of heat exchangers, including heat pipes and heat pipe-based heat exchangers for low, medium and high temperature applications. His work in the field of heat pipe based heat exchangers resulted in novel designs for recouperators, steam generators & condensers and flat heat pipes. These have been implemented across various industries including, but not limited to: food, electronics thermal management and low to high industrial waste heat recovery and Energy from Waste. Over the last few years, he has successfully managed to achieve new designs for industrial waste heat recovery and many thermal systems that have enhanced the performance of various industrials processes in the UK, Europe and world-wide. He is also an elected member of the Senate of Brunel University London.  Throughout his academic and industrial career, he received over £12.2M research funding from various UK/EU based research councils (RCUK & EU H2020) and from British and European industrial partners. He is a published author of academic books with many filed patents in areas related to heat pipes engineering and manufacturing and Energy from Waste systems. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of both Engineers Ireland (Ireland) and IMechE (UK). Hussam is the founder and the Head of the Heat Pipe and Thermal Management Research Group in Brunel University London.  Major projects as a Principal Investigator in Brunel: EDUCATION - Ph. D. (Mechanical Engineering), 2004, University of Manchester, UK PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS -
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK): Chartered Member and Fellow (CEng, FIMechE
  • CIBSE (UK): Fellow (CEng FCIBSE)
  • Engineers Ireland: Chartered Engineer and Fellow (CEng, IntPE, FIEI
  • Institute of Refrigeration (UK): Member (M.Inst.R
  1. P. G. Cert. in Higher Education, 2010, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, UK.
  2. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), 2017, UK
Design for resource and energy efficiency in ceramic kilns