Contact Dr Kumar Patchigolla

Areas of expertise

  • Biomass and Waste
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Carbon, Climate and Risk
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Conventional & Advanced Fuels
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Systems Engineering


Dr Patchigolla joined Cranfield University in 2009, Lecturer in 2012 and Senior Lecturer in 2017. He is involved in the demonstration of combustion (fluidized, pulverized), gasification (fixed, fluidized), capture of CO2 (Chemical/Calcium looping) and CO2 pipeline transport facilities, evaluating the effects on component durability and gas cleaning requirements of systems using a wide range of solid fuels. These include biomasses, waste and sewage sludge as well as coal either alone or in different co-fired combinations and supervision of research activities using the Pilot Scale Advanced Capture (PACT) facilities.

He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University, India, which was followed up with Masters from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Kanpur, India). Prior to his PhD he gained over 3 years work experience in both industry and higher education institutions. His PhD research was directly related to particle process measurements applied to crystallization operation and graduated in 2007 at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Prior to this post at Cranfield University, Dr. Patchigolla was a Research Associate at Loughborough University, where he worked on multi dimensional population balance modelling sponsored by EPSRC. Dr Patchigolla has published one book based on his PhD studies and several journal articles.

Current activities

Dr Kumar Patchigolla is currently a Senior Lecturer in Low Carbon Energy Systems, with in the Energy and Power theme. He is also the H & S co-ordinator for the Energy and Power theme and completed the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) general certification in 2012.

Kumar’s research interests are in the science surrounding the wide range of application areas for cost-effective and reliable energy systems to balance renewables and other low carbon technologies, to address the carbon targets, and to help improve the energy efficiency of dispatchable power plants. He performs experimental, theoretical and thermodynamics research into many aspects of energy systems, as a key member of the PACT facilities operation at Cranfield. PI of the CO2LIQUID project on CO2 shipping-compression, liquefaction and dehydration.  More recently he has been applying his knowledge in solar based renewables through H2020 project (WASCOP), in particularly developing an emerging technologies for the reduced use of the water needed to cool the power block for different operating conditions depending on geographical location, climate conditions and access to water.

He is responsible for a wide range of energy process facilities, including pilot scale plants for gasification and carbon capture, as well as high pressure flow loop CO2 transport systems. These facilities have been recently extended with fully automated sophisticated gas supply and mixing system, which can permit operation for extended periods.

He is the Module Manager for "Energy production, emissions, carbon capture and storage" within the Energy Masters Programme at Cranfield. He currently supervises several PhD students across a range of low carbon technologies, along with delivering lectures across a number of MSc courses.

He is a member of the International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF) Editorial Board.

 His current research activities include:

  • Supercritical CO2 power generation cycles
  • Solar thermal power systems
  • Low temperature heat storage
  • Emerging power block cooling technologies
  • Compression, Liquefaction and dehydration--CO2 shipping
  • CO2 capture by Ca/chemical looping
  • Material issues related to pipeline transport
  • Measurement and monitoring-CO2 metering
  • Flue gas upgrading/conditioning
  • High temperature and high pressure reaction engineering
  • Advanced bio-energy systems
  • Next generation of waste to energy technologies
  • Absorption chiller (Li-Br) for Concentrated Solar Power applications

In Europe and UK he is a member of a number of networks such as UKCCSRC, UCG association and CO2NET.


  • EU FP7, H2020 & RFCS
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
  • ETI
  • Caterpillar
  • CPI
  • E. ON UK
  • RWE npower
  • National Grid
  • EEDA
  • Disruptatek Ltd
  • Bowman Power
  • Heat Recovery Solutions


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Chowdhury JI, Asfand F, Hu Y, Balta-ozkan N, Varga L & Patchigolla K. (2019) Waste heat recovery potential from industrial bakery ovens using thermodynamic power cycles. In: 32nd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems (ECOS), Wroclaw, 23-28 June 2019.
  • Patchigolla K, Wilkinson D & Li M (2006)

    Shape and size of crystallised polymorphic L-glutamate by solution crystallization


    . In: AIChE 2006 Spring Meeting & 2nd Global Congress on Process Safety, Orlando, 23 April 2006.
  • Wilkinson D, Li M & Patchigolla K (2006)

    Determining particle size distribution of non-spheres from chord length measurements

    . In: AIChE Spring National Meeting - 5th World Congress on Particle Technology, Orlando, 23 April 2006.
  • Patchigolla K, Wilkinson D & Li M (2006)

    Measuring size distribution of organic and inorganic crystals of different shapes using different technologies


    . In: AIChE 2006 Spring Meeting & 2nd Global Congress on Process Safety, Orlando, 23 April 2006.