Dr. Alba Ramos Cabal was born in Gijón (Spain) in 1985. She obtained the 'International Baccalaureate (IB)' degree in 2003, simultaneously with the A level equivalent degree. She moved to Madrid for her Bachelor in Engineering and following studies. She is an Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineer since 2010, she received the Master's degree in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy in 2011 and the PhD degree in 2015, all from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). She was involved during her PhD with the Solar Energy Institute, a R&D centre belonging to the Technical University of Madrid. She also worked, during her PhD, at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Norway.
Her previous research covered from theoretical modelling of physical and chemical vapour deposition (CVD) processes to experimental research (with CVD reactor prototypes); mainly involving Si-based PV technology, fluid-mechanics and heat and mass transfer processes, both at the laboratory level and industry scale. She was also involved in research, modelling, design, fabrication and testing of a novel thermal energy storage (TES) system that utilizes high temperature phase change materials (PCMs) and thermo-photovoltaic (TPV) cells.
She has been a Research Associate at the Clean Energy Processes group at Imperial College London since June 2016. This research involved the modelling, design, fabrication and testing of a novel hybrid PV and solar-thermal (PVT) collector technology, as part of a wider solar-energy-based heat, power and cooling (solar-based trigeneration) system. During this research she also worked at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) in Limassol, Cyprus.
Currently she is working as a Postdoc at the Technical University of Madrid in Spain (Silicon and New Solar Cell Concepts group - Solar Energy Institute) on a novel Ultra-High Thermal Energy Storage (UHTES) system involving Si-based phase change materials (PCMs), high temperature materials and Thermoionic and Thermo-Photovoltaic (TPV) conversion (both modelling and experimental work).
et al., 2017, Hybrid photovoltaic-thermal solar systems for combined heating, cooling and power provision in the urban environment, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol:150, ISSN:0196-8904, Pages:838-850
et al., An experimentally validated model of a solar-cooling system based on an ammonia-water diffusion-absorption cycle, The 8th International Conference on Applied Energy – ICAE2016
et al., Hybrid photovoltaic-thermal solar systems for combined heating, cooling and power provision in the urban environment, 4th Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference (SusTEM 2017)