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Research Activities

Low Carbon Technologies Research Group
PI Prof Stephen Dooley, School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin.
1)      The Ryanair Sustainable Aviation Research Centre – Life Cycle Assessment of Sustainable Aviation Fuel
This project aims at determining the GHG CO2 (eq) emissions from Ryanair’s Sustainable Aviation Fuels using LCA of the fuel production and usage information. A TCD LCA GHG eq/RPK model will be created for Ryan fuels using GHGenius and GREET as references.
2 PhD Students are working on this project.
Project is funded by Ryanair DAC.

2)      The Ryanair Sustainable Aviation Research Centre – Pre-screening Methods for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs)
This project aims at developing methods to predictively know fit-to-purpose certification properties from tiny quantities of SAF using Machine Learning techniques and Chemical Descriptor data obtained by NMR Spectroscopy.
1 PhD Student is working on this project.
Project is funded by Ryanair DAC.

3)      Low-Dimensional High Fidelity Kinetic Models for Combustor Design Process
This project involves producing minimally-sized high fidelity chemical kinetic models for various fuels for use in multi-dimensional reacting flow simulations to allow for their use as rapid development tools in the production of new Gas Turbine Engines.
1 PhD Student working on this project.
Project is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, Siemens and Irish Research Council.

4)      Tailored Production and Utilisation of Low Cost- Low Life Cycle Emission Lignocellulosic Advanced Biofuel Blends as Diesel and Petrol Substitutes.
This project aims to acquire technical and economic information required for the commercialization of lignocellulosic biomass into advanced biofuels/drop-in biofuels. A chemical kinetic model is developed using inputs from an experimental set-up used to carry out the conversion of low-grade lignocellulosic wastes into advanced biofuel mixtures and perform a Life Cycle Assessment on the process to determine its techno-economic viability.
2 PhD students and 1 Research Assistant are working on this project.
Project is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and is a collaboration project with the University of Leeds.

5)      An Electricity-to-Fuels Research and Deployment platform for Ireland
The project is focused on using electrochemical methods to convert carbon dioxide into sustainable fuels. The research includes experimental design and characterization of an electrolysis cell for carbon dioxide reduction.
1 PhD student and 1 Post-Doctoral Researcher working on this project.
Project is funded by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and is a collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington.

6)      An End-to-End Test-bed for Power-to-X Processes: Carbon Dioxide to Aviation Fuels
This project aims at setting up a Power-to-X conversion unit and a Fast Track Certification Test Bed for Sustainable Aviation Fuels at Trinity College Dublin.
1 PI is working on this project.
Project funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.