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Professor John Oakey

Professor John Oakey

Professor of Energy Technology
Environmental Science and Technology Department
School of Applied Sciences
E: j.e.oakey@cranfield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0) 1234 754253


Areas of expertise

Energy, Power Systems and Gas Turbines, CO2 Capture and Transport, Biomass and Waste, Conventional and Advanced fuels, Renewable Energy Technologies, Environment, Energy and the Environment

Current Activities

John Oakey is Professor of Energy Technology and Head of the Institute for Energy and Resource Technology. John is engaged in a wide range of research activities in the UK, Europe and on the international scene. He is a recognised authority on materials and process problems in energy processes using fossil and related fuels and is active in research on the clean use of fossil fuels.

His recent research interests include:

  • Energy from biomass (member of the Bioenergy Supergen Consortium) (EPSRC 2004-2007 & 2007-2011)
  • Plant Life Extension (Supergen consortium) (EPSRC 2005-2008 & 2008-2012) and FlexEplant (Supergen)(2013-2017)
  • CO2 Capture and Transport - member of the UK CCS Research Centre and Materials Research Area Champion (2012-2017)
  • Advanced Materials for Low Emission Power Plants - a major UK-US Collaboration on under a UKDECC-USDOE MOU (2003-)
  • Low Emission Gas Turbine Technology for Hydrogen-rich Syngas (EC FP7 - 2009-2014); leads sub-project on materials issues
  • Materials for Next Generation CO2 Transport Systems (EPSRC - 2009-2013)
  • Oxyfuel Combustion – Academic Programme for the UK (EPSRC - 2009)
  • Joint UK-China Hydrogen Production Network (EPSRC - 2009-2013)

John represents the University Sector on the UK’s Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum, is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, the Materials UK Energy Group and the Institute of Materials Energy Working Group. In Europe, he is on the board of the Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative, leads the Energy Working Group of the EuMat Technology Platform and is a member of the Zero Emissions Technology Platform. He is also on the board of the collaborative ‘Pilot Advanced Capture Technology (PACT)’ facilities consortium established with support from DECC and EPSRC and is on the Project Board of the European Turbine Network..

  • Background

    Professor Oakey has over 30 years experience in energy industries and has been progressing his career at Cranfield University since 1998. Prior to this, he was a senior Branch Manager in British Coal’s Coal Technology Development Division (CTDD), leading a range of clean coal technology research programmes. With this research background in energy technologies, in particular materials and process troubleshooting, he has been at the forefront of many of the UK’s clean coal projects in recent years. These include the BC/CEGB Joint Programme on PFBC, the Grimethorpe Topping Cycle Project and the Air Blown Gasification Cycle Programme in the 1990s. More recently, he chaired the EU COST Action 538 Management Committee on ‘High Temperature Plant Life Extension’ and leads the UK side of a major collaboration programme with the US on ‘Advanced Materials for Low Emission Power Plants’, as well as assisting DECC in the development of further collaborations with the US. Since 1998, he has also been involved in technology transfer projects with China on gas cleaning, underground coal gasification and biomass co-firing.

  • Clients

    Research collaborations and partnerships/consultancy with the following:

    • Alstom Power
    • Siemens Power Generation
    • Rolls Royce
    • Doosan Babcock
    • European Commission
    • Energy Technology Institute (ETI)
    • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
    • RWEnpower
    • EON
    • Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
    • Caterpillar
    • EDF Energy
    • GDF Suez
    • National Grid

  • Publications

    Jurado N, Gohari Darabkhani H & Okay J (2014) Simulation of Oxy-combustion co-firing Coal and Biomass using Aspen Plus. In: Sixth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies (CCT2013), Thessaloniki, 12.5.2013 - 16.5.2013.

    Dudziak T, Hussain T, Simms NJ, Syed AU & Oakey JE (2014) Fireside corrosion degradation of ferritic alloys at 600°C in oxy-fired conditions, Corrosion Science, 79 184-191.

    Cotton A, Patchigolla K & Oakey JE (2014)

    Minor and Trace Element Emissions from Post-Combustion CO2 Capture from Coal: Experimental and Equilibrium Calculations

    , Fuel, 117 (A) 391-407.

    Simms NJ, Sumner J, Hussain T & Oakey JE (2013) Fireside issues in advanced power generation systems, Materials Science and Technology, 29 (7) 804-812.

    Sumner J, Encinas-Oropesa A, Simms NJ & Oakey JE (2013) High temperature oxidation and corrosion of gas turbine materials in burner rig exposures, Materials Science and Technology, 29 (7) 813-821.

    Cotton A, Patchigolla K & Oakey JE (2013) Hydrodynamic characteristics of a pilot-scale cold model of a CO2 capture fluidised bed reactor, Powder Technology, 235 1060-1069.

    Kallis KX, Pellegrini Susini GA & Oakey JE (2013) A comparison between Miscanthus and bioethanol waste pellets and their performance in a downdraft gasifier, Applied Energy, 101 333-340.

    Zhai R, Yang Y, Oakey JE & Pellegrini Susini GA (2012) Integration and evaluation of a power plant with a monoethanolamine-based CO2-capture process, Carbon Management, 3 (6) 541-551.

    Gohari Darabkhani H, Jurado N, Simms N & Okay J (2012) Energy Production From Biomass: firing of Coal/Biomass in a Pilot-scale Oxy-combustor: Experiences and the Experimental Results. In: Fuelling the future: Advances in science and technologies for energy generation, transmission and storage. Mendez-Vilas A (ed.), Boca Raton: Brow Walker Press, p. 34-38.

    Syed AU, Simms NJ & Oakey JE (2012) Fireside corrosion of superheaters: Effects of air and oxy-firing of coal and biomass, Fuel, 101 62-73.

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