research

Overview

modeling of renewable energy systems

Next generation of energy production and storage systems, including renewable energy, electrochemical conversion and thermal storage, is complex and expensive to develop and prototype. One way to overcome this costly process is to assess the feasibility of these systems by modeling them thermodynamically and thermo- or exergo-economically. This approach decreases the complexity of analyses, identifies the trends and show a path to further improvement.

alternative fuel production

Our research includes investigation of alternative fuel production. Significant portion of fuels are used in transportation. One path to produce alternative fuels utilizes natural gas, biomass, combustion products, etc. using novel energy conversion systems, such as non-thermal plasma. After the conversion, the produced fuels are not pollutant and can be used in current infrastructure.

zero-energy buildings

Renewable and sustainable energy can be incorporated in buildings to reduce to eliminate the buildings dependance on the external power grid. This is called islanding, and islanding can be established for a single building or a community. Solutions for islanding are unique to location as demand characteristics and renewable energy resource depend on the location and time. Another complexity of the solution is due to the intermittent nature of renewable energy, so storage systems should also be incorporated for islanding. The islanding can play an important role for the areas with blackouts or off-grid urban areas.

Funded Projects

  • Campus Research Fund (BAP-16-YG-3), Principal Investigator, “Modeling of CO2 dissociation using solar pond”, 2016-2018, 44K TL.
  • TÜBİTAK MAG Project (105M244), Researcher, “Güneş enerjisi destekli zeolit iklimlendirme sistemi / Solar assisted air conditioning system with zeolite”, 2006-2009: 1-236, 192K TL.

Collaborations

Graduate Students

current graduate students in Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems program

  • Genco Kavas, started in Fall 2017
  • Erim Gürer, started in Fall 2017
  • Pelin Güven, started in Spring 2016

alumni from Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems program

  • Loiy Al-Ghussain, “Effects of Short and Long Term Storage Systems on Size Determination of Renewable Energy Systems in Micro-Grids”, Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Güzelyurt, TRNC, Mersin 10, Turkey – Supervisor, Co-Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Derek K. Baker (graduated in June 2017)
  • Fahad Haneef, “Wind Resource Characterization and Utilization via Wind Turbines at METU-NCC”, Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Güzelyurt, TRNC, Mersin 10, Turkey – Supervisor (graduated in June 2017)
  • Humayun Ahmed, “Modeling and Design of a Non-Thermal Plasma Reactor for CO2 Dissociation”, Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Güzelyurt, TRNC, Mersin 10, Turkey – Supervisor (graduated in January 2017)
  • S. M. Sajed Sadati, “Assessment of Renewable Energy Based Micro-Grids for Small Communities”, Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Güzelyurt, TRNC, Mersin 10, Turkey – Supervisor (graduated in July 2016)
  • Kemal Masera, “Thermodynamic Analysis of Plasma-Assisted Reforming of Methane”, Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Güzelyurt, TRNC, Mersin 10, Turkey – Supervisor (graduated in June 2016)
  • Okoye Chiemeka Onyeka, “A Two Stage Feasibility Approach for Solar Chimney Power Plant Design”, Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Güzelyurt, TRNC, Mersin 10, Turkey – Supervisor (graduated in January 2016)
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