Gaurav Nanajkar CEng, MIMechE
PhD Research Student
Gaurav came to UK to pursue a masters in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management at the University of Sheffield. After masters degree he worked in industry for 7 years under various roles like graduate mechanical engineer, mechanical design engineer. Recently he was a senior research engineer working on PEM fuel cell at Intelligent Energy, Loughborough. During this industrial experience he developed my expertise in the sector of designing, finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics.
Gaurav's interest in the research of renewable energy pulled his towards a PhD which he began from Jan 2018 at CREST for working towards research in the topic of building integrated solar thermal.
PhD Thesis Title: Building envelope integrated solar thermal vacuum system for space and water heating
Gaurav has designed a novel building integrated solar thermal collector which combines the design features of a flat plate collector and a solar concentrator. An initial prototype of design has been tested positively without working fluid to verify whether the collector can withstand vacuum pressure of 0.1Pa which suppresses the heat losses. Thermal modelling of the system along with prototype building is under the process.