Ahmed Zakaria Hafez MOHAMED, PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering (Egypt)

Ahmed Mohamed is researching ways to improve the efficiency of solar-powered engines. He has worked on boosting the water-pumping capability of Stirling engines, in order to increase access to water in remote rural areas of his country, Egypt. He will start working on a new sustainable project to harvest energy from the railway infrastructure of the United Kingdom.


Research focus: energy saving, energy systems analysis, and sustainable technology

Ahmed has identified a way to solve the problem of water scarcity in remote areas of impoverished countries. His work involves increasing the efficiency of water pumps by improving solar power technology. Remote communities often rely on diesel generators and Ahmed hopes his research can be used to both improve access to water and decrease dependence on fossil fuel. Ahmed’s project provides the complete design and demonstration of a 10 horsepower laboratory prototype engine with a solar dish. The solar dish system is designed to follow the sun using a new technique for solar tracking systems, to maximise the amount of energy that is collected. Throughout his career, Ahmed has researched this project with many Egyptian universities and research institutions, such as Ain Shams University, Fayoum University, the National Research Centre, and Zewail City of Science and Technology.

Ahmed will start on a new research project “SMARTI ETN Project” on Sustainable Multi-functional Automated Resilient Transport Infrastructures in the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre at the University of Nottingham. His future work and PhD will focus on energy harvesting of railway infrastructures and will be fully funded by the Marie Skłodowska Curie ESR Fellowship program. Ahmed has won an array of awards in the field of environmental engineering, including “Best Research Assistant” from Zewail City of Science and Technology, “Top Reviewer Award” from the Elsevier and Renewable Energy Journal and the “Siemens Middle East Student Award”.

The jury was impressed by the practical outcome of Ahmed’s multi-award winning research. At the end of his project, Ahmed will have developed a working, solar-powered Stirling engine that can be put straight into use by a remote community. The Science Forum will support the completion of this sophisticated approach by encouraging exchanges with German specialists.