Mohammad MOGHIMI ARDEKANI, PhD in Engineering (Iran)

Mohammad holds a Master´s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Engineering from the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department of the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Current position: Lecturer at the Design and Engineering Department, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom, and Extraordinary Senior Lecturer at the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Research focus: Solar energy, concentrating solar power (CSP), optimization, computational fluid dynamic (CFD), ray tracing

With his academic research he aims to optimise concentrated solar power (CSP) plants for maximum optical and thermal efficiencies and minimum generated electricity cost. By reducing the price of the production of solar power, he hopes to further promote investment in renewable energy among governments and citizens alike.

In 2015 Mohammad won the Green Talents competition. The jury was impressed by his disciplined commitment to his field. His participation in the Green Talents programme helped him to expand his scientific network around the world.

2017-2019 Lecturer at Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department, University of Pretoria
2018 Consultant in thermal design, CFD simulation and optimization of a novel solar receiver, R&D Department of SOLASTOR, Sydney
2017-2016 Guest Researcher, German Aerospace Center (DLR)-Institute of Solar Research, Jülich
2013-2016 University of Pretoria, Postgraduate Research Support Bursary
2010-2013 Design Engineer, Mechanic Department, Hampa Energy Engineering and Design Company (HEDCo), Shiraz
2009-2010 Junior researcher, Energy Research Center, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, Tehran
2009 Award for Best Graduating Student in Mechanical Engineering, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2015):


Research focus: Optimising concentrated solar power (CSP) plants for maximum optical and thermal efficiencies and minimum generated electricity cost

Having begun his studies in Iran, Mohammad Moghimi Ardekani is now pursuing his PhD in South Africa. He’s a keen learner and has a strong interest in teaching others as well.

Solar energy plays a key role in the development of renewable clean energy sources. However, at the moment, failings and challenges in design have led to inefficiencies in the solar power plants that produce electricity. Mohammad Moghimi Ardekani’s research addresses these issues. He is concerned with how to make concentrated solar power (CSP) efficient and effective enough for mainstream use. In order for a CSP system to work, solar energy needs to be transferred into the plant’s working fluid. This part of the process can often result in heat loss, affecting the thermal efficiency of the process. In his PhD studies, Mohammad focuses on optimising this process to simultaneously increase efficiency and reduce production costs. It is Mohammad’s hope that, by reducing the costs incurred in the production of solar power, citizens and governments will become keen to invest in a cheaper source of renewable energy.

Mohammad’s work in Pretoria has been well received by his supervisors. During his PhD, he has already led two journal articles and two conference articles, with others currently in preparation. Acknowledging the extensive work of German researchers in the field of solar energy, Mohammad believes that the Green Talents initiative will be an invaluable way for him to hone his theories and practices. He expects to learn a lot through collaboration with researchers both in the Fraunhofer Institute and Dii, Munich: “I hope the knowledge of experts in those institutes will open my eyes and let me see what hidden aspects of economic optimisation have to be considered for a solar project in order to harvest cheaper solar energy from CSP plants.”

The jury praised Mohammad’s disciplined commitment to his field and his diligent study of the intricacies of this complex topic.