Imperial College London

Professor Nigel Brandon OBE FREng

Faculty of Engineering

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
 
 
 
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+44 (0)20 7594 8600n.brandon Website

 
 
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2.06Faculty BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Shearing PR, Howard LE, Jorgensen PS, Brandon NP, Harris SJet al., 2010, Characterization of the 3-dimensional microstructure of a graphite negative electrode from a Li-ion battery, ELECTROCHEMISTRY COMMUNICATIONS, Vol: 12, Pages: 374-377, ISSN: 1388-2481

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Bidault F, Brett DJL, Middleton PH, Abson N, Brandon NPet al., 2010, An improved cathode for alkaline fuel cells, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, Vol: 35, Pages: 1783-1788, ISSN: 0360-3199

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Zhao Y, Shah N, Brandon N, 2010, The Development and Application of a Novel Optimisation Strategy for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Gas Turbine Hybrid Cycles, FUEL CELLS, Vol: 10, Pages: 181-193, ISSN: 1615-6846

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Maher RC, Brightman E, Heck C, Offer GP, Brandon NP, Cohen LFet al., 2010, Monitoring Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Processes Using In-Situ Raman Spectroscopy, 22nd International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy, Publisher: AMER INST PHYSICS, Pages: 550-550, ISSN: 0094-243X

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Brandon NP, Matian M, Marquis AJ, Adjiman CSet al., 2010, THERMAL MANAGEMENT ISSUES IN FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY, 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, Publisher: AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, Pages: 591-599

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Panos C, Kouramas KI, Georgiadis MC, Brandon N, Pistikopoulos ENet al., 2010, Modelling and Explicit MPC of PEM Fuel Cell Systems, 20TH EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER AIDED PROCESS ENGINEERING, Vol: 28, Pages: 517-522, ISSN: 1570-7946

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Offer GJ, Howey D, Contestabile M, Clague R, Brandon NPet al., 2010, Comparative analysis of battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid vehicles in a future sustainable road transport system, ENERGY POLICY, Vol: 38, Pages: 24-29, ISSN: 0301-4215

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, 2010, Performance investigation of a SOFC-GT hybrid system based on thermodynamic optimization strategies, Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation, and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, ECOS 2010, Vol: 5, Pages: 9-16

A thermodynamic optimization methodology is developed to model, analyze, and predict the system behaviour of a combined SOFC-GT cycle. The system efficiency and power output are used as a basis to optimize the whole hybrid power plant. The optimized performance characteristics are presented and discussed in detail through a parametric analysis. Simulations of the effects that various design and operating parameters have on system performance have led to some interesting results. This study can be considered as a preliminary investigation of more complex fuel cell and gas turbine hybrid systems incorporating additional practical irreversible losses.

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Matian M, Marquis A, Brett D, Brandon Net al., 2010, An experimentally validated heat transfer model for thermal management design in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART A-JOURNAL OF POWER AND ENERGY, Vol: 224, Pages: 1069-1081, ISSN: 0957-6509

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Cai Q, Adjiman CS, Brandon NP, 2010, Modelling the dynamic response of a solid oxide steam electrolyser to transient inputs during renewable hydrogen production, Frontiers of Energy and Power Engineering in China, Vol: 4, Pages: 211-222

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Hawkes AD, Brett DJL, Brandon NP, 2009, Fuel cell micro-CHP techno-economics: Part 2-Model application to consider the economic and environmental impact of stack degradation, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, Vol: 34, Pages: 9558-9569, ISSN: 0360-3199

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, 2009, The impact and mitigation of carbon formation on Ni-YSZ anodes from biomass gasification tars, Pages: 111-117, ISSN: 1938-5862

The combination of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) and biomass gasification has the potential to become an attractive technology for the production of clean renewable energy. However the impact of tars, formed during biomass gasification, on the performance and durability of SOFC anodes has not been well established experimentally. This paper reports on an experimental study assessment of the performance and mitigation of carbon formation on the anodes of SOFC button cells from synthetic model tars arising from the gasification of biomass material. The anode material was a 60:40 wt.% NiO/YSZ cermet, which was tested in a synthetically generated syngas containing a concentration of up to 15 g/Nm3 biomass gasification tars. It was found that carbon formation in dry conditions significantly damaged the anode of the fuel cell resulting in decreased cell performance and excessive anode polarization resistances. These effects were reduced by applying a load to the cell, and were essentially inhibited once the steam content of the input fuel was > 2%. © The Electrochemical Society.

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, 2009, Characterization of SOFC electrode microstructure using nano-scale X-ray Computed Tomography and Focused Ion Beam techniques: A comparative study, Pages: 51-57, ISSN: 1938-5862

In solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) the redox reactions are supported by composite porous materials and, therefore, the electrochemical activity of an electrode is a direct function of its microstructure. Ni-YSZ (Yttria Stabilized Zirconia) is a common choice for the anode material in SOFC. Recently advances in tomographic techniques have enabled researchers to probe electrode microstructures providing unprecedented access to a wealth of microstructural information regarding the distribution of ionic, electronic and pore phases in three dimensions. In this paper nano-scale X-ray Computed Tomography (nCT) and Focused Ion Beam (FIB) techniques have been used to characterize microstructures from the same Ni-YSZ anode sample, 3D reconstruction from both techniques are presented and a quantitative and qualitative comparison is provided. An advanced technique for sample preparation for nCT is also presented. ©The Electrochemical Society.

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Lawrence I, Cordner M, Brandon NP, 2009, Fuel cell racing: Imperial College London presents the Racing Green team, Pages: 302-311

Imperial Racing Green is a major initiative at Imperial College London to design, build and race zero emission vehicles in order to give students hands-on experience in the design, development and construction of fuel cell and battery vehicles, and win competitions like Formula Zero and Formula Student Class 1A, run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. The former competition is a time trial series for fuel cell go-carts, the latter is for single seat race cars and accommodates a wider range of technologies. The Imperial Racing Green entry to Formula Zero, codenamed IRG02, is a go-cart powered by a Hydrogenics 8kW PEM fuel cell coupled via a DC/DC converter in a current control loop to two banks of 165F Maxwell ultra-capacitors. Overall vehicle control is achieved with a National Instruments CompactRio, which also acts as a data logger. The Imperial Racing Green entry to Formula Student Class 1A, codenamed IRG03, has a modular 25kW electric drive, braking and suspension assembly at each corner. Racing Green will continue to compete in the Formula Zero Championship throughout 2009, and will compete in Formula Student Class 1A at Silverstone in July 2009. This project has demonstrated that new approaches to project based learning can generate enormous student interest and international media attention, while being rewarding to the academics and researchers involved too. This paper gives detailed information of the design of IRG02 and presents data recorded during the Formula Zero race of August 2008. A summary of the design of IRG03 is also given, concluding with lessons learnt and future plans.

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Hawkes AD, Brett DJL, Brandon NP, 2009, Fuel cell micro-CHP techno-economics: Part 1-model concept and formulation, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, Vol: 34, Pages: 9545-9557, ISSN: 0360-3199

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Mermelstein J, Brandon N, Millan M, 2009, Impact of Steam on the Interaction between Biomass Gasification Tars and Nickel-Based Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode Materials, ENERGY & FUELS, Vol: 23, Pages: 5042-5048, ISSN: 0887-0624

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Shearing PR, Golbert J, Chater RJ, Brandon NPet al., 2009, 3D reconstruction of SOFC anodes using a focused ion beam lift-out technique, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, Vol: 64, Pages: 3928-3933, ISSN: 0009-2509

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Bidault F, Brett DJL, Middleton PH, Abson N, Brandon NPet al., 2009, A new application for nickel foam in alkaline fuel cells, 4th Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, Publisher: PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, Pages: 6799-6808, ISSN: 0360-3199

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Lorente E, Cai Q, Pena JA, Herguido J, Brandon NPet al., 2009, Conceptual design and modelling of the Steam-Iron process and fuel cell integrated system, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, Vol: 34, Pages: 5554-5562, ISSN: 0360-3199

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Offer GJ, Brandon NP, 2009, The effect of current density and temperature on the degradation of nickel cermet electrodes by carbon monoxide in solid oxide fuel cells, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, Vol: 64, Pages: 2291-2300, ISSN: 0009-2509

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Kim P, Brett DJL, Brandon NP, 2009, The effect of water content on the electrochemical impedance response and microstructure of Ni-CGO anodes for solid oxide fuel cells, JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, Vol: 189, Pages: 1060-1065, ISSN: 0378-7753

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Offer GJ, Mermelstein J, Brightman E, Brandon NPet al., 2009, Thermodynamics and Kinetics of the Interaction of Carbon and Sulfur with Solid Oxide fuel Cell Anodes, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, Vol: 92, Pages: 763-780, ISSN: 0002-7820

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Blanchard R, Brandon NP, Infield D, Jardine C, Kelly N, Leach M, Matian M, Peacock AD, Staffell I, Sudtharalingam S, Woodman Bet al., 2009, UK microgeneration. Part I: Policy and behavioural aspects, Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Energy, Vol: 162, Pages: 23-36, ISSN: 1751-4223

A critical review of the literature relating to government policy and behavioural aspects relevant to the uptake and application of microgeneration in the UK is presented. Given the current policy context aspiring to zero-carbon new homes by 2016 and a variety of minimum standards and financial policy instruments supporting microgeneration in existing dwellings, it appears that this class of technologies could make a significant contribution to UK energy supply and low-carbon buildings in the future. Indeed, achievement of a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 80% (the UK government's 2050 target) for the residential sector may entail substantial deployment of microgeneration. Realisation of the large potential market for microgeneration relies on a variety of interrelated factors such as microeconomics, behavioural aspects, the structure of supporting policy instruments and well-informed technology development. This paper explores these issues in terms of current and proposed policy instruments in the UK. Behavioural aspects associated with both initial uptake of the technology and after purchase are also considered.

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Mermelstein J, Millan M, Brandon NP, 2009, The impact of carbon formation on Ni-YSZ anodes from biomass gasification model tars operating in dry conditions, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, Vol: 64, Pages: 492-500, ISSN: 0009-2509

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Bidault F, Brett DJL, Middleton PH, Brandon NPet al., 2009, Review of gas diffusion cathodes for alkaline fuel cells, JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, Vol: 187, Pages: 39-48, ISSN: 0378-7753

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Liu YH, Wu ZQ, Lin SJ, Brandon NPet al., 2009, Application of the Power Flow Calculation Method to Islanding Micro Grids, International Conference on Sustainable Power Generation and Supply, Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 750-+

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, 2009, Comparison of two novel optimization strategies for solid oxide fuel cell-gas turbine hybrid systems, Pages: 265-266

A novel methodological and structured optimization procedure has been developed to model, analyze, and predict the system behavior of a SOFC-GT hybrid cycle under different optimal conditions. Performance characteristics of the hybrid system based on two optimization strategies are discussed and compared through a detailed parametric analysis. Simulation of the effects that various parameters have on the system performance has led to some interesting results, and some new optimum performance criteria have been obtained.

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Hawkes A, Staffell I, Brett D, Brandon Net al., 2009, Fuel cells for micro-combined heat and power generation, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, Vol: 2, Pages: 729-744, ISSN: 1754-5692

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Adjiman C, Atkinson A, Azad A, Baker R, Brandon NP, Brett D, Clague R, Carvalho E, Corre G, Choy K-L, Irvine J, Marquis A, Miller DN, Offer G, Pointon K, Pyke S, Selcuk A, Scott K, Shearing Pet al., 2009, A Review of Progress in the UK Supergen Fuel Cell Programme, 11th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), Publisher: ELECTROCHEMICAL SOC INC, Pages: 35-42, ISSN: 1938-5862

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Aguiar P, Brett DJL, Brandon NP, 2008, Solid oxide fuel cell/gas turbine hybrid system analysis for high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, Vol: 33, Pages: 7214-7223, ISSN: 0360-3199

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