Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Nigel Monk

PhD Research Student
M.Sc MBA B.Tech

Tel: +44 (0)1509 635354

Location: MBG.0.L01, Garendon Wing

Nigel started work at Rolls-Royce as a graduate engineer after gaining his B.Tech degree from the Aeronautical Engineering Department at Loughborough University of Technology. Following several attachments to engineering and manufacturing departments, Nigel found his interests lay in organisation improvement and he joined the Operational Research department where he spent 15 years modelling various production, office and external processes using a number of tools and techniques. During this time he returned to Loughborough to gain his MBA part time. Through corporate restructuring and outsourcing, Nigel joined EDS in the Programme Management Office as a Project Manager, then Team Leader, progressing to UK Quality Manager for the group. After 12 years in the IT Services industry, Nigel left his final company HP to pursue his interest in renewable energy. Returning to Loughborough for a third time, Nigel gained a distinction in the CREST MSc and developed an interest in hydrogen production during his project. This led directly to returning for a fourth time to pursue a Ph.D researching the same topic.

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Pulsed-Power Dissociation of Water for Efficient Hydrogen Production.

Hydrogen has the potential to be a valuable component in future low-carbon energy scenarios. Utilised in fuel cell vehicles, as an ‘energy vector’ to carry centrally-generated electrical energy, it can overcome significant shortcomings of batteries; environmental, cycle-life, size and weight issues. It is also a key part of synthetic hydro-carbon (fuel) production, which has been demonstrated for short-cycle CO2 sequestration. In contrast, for energy storage, the present water-hydrogen cycle efficiency is too low, and grid surplus energy generation too little, to be viable.

The generation of hydrogen by conventional (or Faradaic) DC electrolysis of water can also be undesirable environmentally, if the source of the electricity is carbon-based. Further, the economics of electrolysis are not cost-effective when set against steam-reformation of methane, cheaply available from natural gas. Thus both for the future and for reducing current fossil-fuel consumption, an efficient method of hydrogen production is needed. Development of Faradaic electrolysis continues, but other, non-Faradaic approaches are also in development.

This research aims to investigate novel strategies for pulsed-power dissociation of water for efficient hydrogen production.