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Professor Lynsey Melville

Professor Lynsey Melville is leading the Scenario Planning Tools Work Package in the ALG-AD project.

Lynsey's work on ALG-AD will capture, collate and integrate data, knowledge and information from across the project into a range of online tools. These tools will enable stakeholders and investors to explore the opportunities and challenges of Algal technologies for AD from a technical, economic and process integration perspective.

The outcome of this work is the development of a number of innovative and adaptive decision support systems (from bioresource maps to economic tools and visualisations) which will enable stakeholders to identify optimal sites, partners and markets and develop project plans which are tailored to regional conditions. 

Lynsey is Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Computing Engineering and Built Environment. She leads the Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering research group whose focus is on accelerating the adoption of environmentally sustainable and commercially viable energy from biomass.

With expertise spanning various areas of environmental engineering (from water and wastewater treatment, organic waste management and bioenergy production) she has provided expert support to both industry and academia and her work has sought to bridge the gap between the two as a technology transfer consultant and as co-founder of a University spin-out company

Working closely with the knowledge-based engineering group and a broad range of stakeholders Lynsey has worked on a variety of bioenergy programmes. The aim of this work is to capture data and information from across the whole bioenergy delivery chain. These projects include EnAlgae, BioenNW

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Dr Khondokar Mizanur Rahman

Dr Khondokar Mizanur Rahman is working as a Research Fellow on the ALG-AD project.

He is focussed on the scenario planning tools WPT3 of ALG-AD led by work package leader Professor Lynsey Melville. His work mainly covers the determination of goal, scope and system boundary of the ALG-AD technology within the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

He has undertaken literature reviews and incorporated the information within the LCA. Dr Rahman is also conducting research and analysis as part of a data inventory for the LCA, along with GIS mapping and looking at NVZ for the best practice of decision support tools (DSTs). This work has been done in partnership with KIT-ITAS.

Dr Khondokar Rahman have been working as a Research Fellow for Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at BCU.

Dr Rahman worked in two European Union INTERREG IVB programmes, BioenNW and EnAlgae.

The area of his research includes: Sustainable Waste Management, Biomass and Bioenergy, Anaerobic Digestion, Life Cycle Assessment of Energy Plant, Humanitarian engineering, Household Energy Network and SDGs 7. 

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Dr Roshni Paul

Dr. Roshni Paul is leading the Techno economic assessment in Scenario Planning Tools Work Package in the ALG-AD project.

The assessment will collect, analyse data from the technical and economic aspects across the pilot plants in the project. The assessment will also present a report collating the findings to assess the economic viability of the algal – anaerobic digestion technology. The TE tools will enable the stakeholders to understand the challenges and opportunities around the processes and products and make their decision accordingly.

Roshni Paul is a renewable energy scientist. She is a post-doctoral researcher at Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment in Birmingham City University.

Her PhD was on specialising in utilizing macro algae biomass for the generation of renewable energy, biogas, using anaerobic digestion technology. Her work predominantly researches on bioenergy derivation and has worked with an array of biomass resources and wastes including agricultural crop residues, brewery spent grain, and algae biomass from microscopic microalgae to brown seaweed in Ireland, Scotland and the UK. She is also involved in teaching environmental studies -  focusing on environment law (EU) and policies. Her work also has close interaction with industries specialising in pre-treatment technologies, wastewater management and on farm AD plants.

Guolong Zhong

Guolong Zhong is working as a Research Fellow in the ALG-AD project. Guolong’s work focuses on the development of the Decision Support Tool (DST) in Scenario Planning Tools Work Package led by Professor Lynsey Melville. His work mainly covers the development of GIS map, process pathway tool and document repository. The GIS map enables users to identify AD plants with resources and details (address, information, waste-type, etc) within West European Countries. The process pathway tool will guide and support users to understand involved process and to make best decision by evaluating a range of what-if scenarios. The document repository will provide a document database for end-users and guide them to the document that match their search queries through a smart search engine.

Guolong's research expertise are in the field of Design Engineering Automation, Product Modelling, Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) and System Development. He is a Doctoral Researcher in Knowledge-Based Engineering Lab at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment in Birmingham City University. He is researching in product modelling with KBE methodologies for a PhD and developing a knowledge-based product modelling environment/system that would not only visualise the geometry of a product model but also show the relevant embedded knowledge of the product.


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