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MEng Automotive Engineering (Loughborough University)

MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology (Loughborough University)

Ph.D. A microchannel sulphur tolerant steam reformer with integral multi-zone catalytic combustor (Loughborough University)


James Reed is a Senior Lecturer in renewable energy and a member of the Sustainable Environment Research Centre at the University of South Wales. James has a MEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering, a MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology, and a PhD in the use of microchannel heat exchanger technology for the steam reforming of LPG. His research interests include the upgrading of non-conventional methane rich gases such as biogas to hydrogen via steam reforming utilising compact heat exchanger technology, with a focus on modelling of the fuel processing system to optimise thermal integration and reduce the cost of development. He is also involved in developing the use of Fourier transform near infrared spectroscopy (FT-NIRS) for use as an online process monitoring and control system for anaerobic treatment processes. This involves the use of multivariate statistical techniques including principle component analysis and partial least squares regression to produce integrated monitoring systems for the treatment process with a goal of optimising the process and increasing plant operational flexibility.


Course Leader – MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management
Module Leader – RE4S002: Renewable Energy I – Hydro, Tidal, Wave and Bioenergy
Module Leader – RE4S003: Renewable Energy II – Wind, Solar, and Geothermal
Module Leader – RE4T001: Dissertation: Renewable Energy and Resource Management
Module Leader – ES2S63: Sustainable Energy Resources


Oliveira, I., Reed, J.P., Abu-Orf, M, Wilson, V., Jones, D., Esteves, S., 2016. The potential use of shear viscosity to monitor polymer conditioning of sewage sludge digestates. Water Research, 15, pp. 320 – 330.

Kumi, P.J, P. Passanha, P., Dinsdale, R.M., Reed, J.P., Guwy, A.J., Esteves, S., 2015. Lignocellulosic Hydrolysate For Polyhydroxyalkanoates Biosynthesis: Impact On PHA Harvesting Time. Conference: 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, Viña del Mar,Chile, Volume: IWA 3114158

Oliveira I, Reed JP, Abu-Orf M, Wilson V, Jones D and Esteves S. 2015 Preliminary digestate dewatering and conditioning assessment for an advanced anaerobic digestion plant: the importance of process conditions and rheological properties.Conference: 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, Viña del Mar, Chile

Oliveira, I , Reed, J.P., Abu-Orf, M., Wilson, V., Jones, D., Esteves, S., 2015. Impact of digestate storage conditions and rheological properties: preliminary investigations on conditioning and dewatering. SludgeTech 2015.

Reed, J.P., Chen, R., Dudfield, C., Adcock., P., 2015. A Multi-Function Compact Micro-Channel Reactor Coated with Sulphur Tolerant Catalyst for LPG Steam Reforming. Fuel Cells – From Fundamentals to Systems, 15(3), pp. 516 – 522.

Patterson, T., Esteves, S., Carr, S., Zhang, F., Reed, J.P., Maddy, J,. Guwy, A. 2014. Life cycle assessment of the electrolytic production and utilization of low carbon hydrogen vehicle fuel. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39(14), pp. 7190 – 7201.

Zhang, F., Carr, S., Reed, J.P., Maddy, J., Laycock, C., Guwy, A. 2014. Development of a hydrogen training programme for the Welsh Energy Sector: needs analysis and course content. 2nd International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics, Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K. 19th to 21st August 2014.

Esteves S., Oliveira I., Williams J., Hegarty F., Devlin D. and Reed J. (March 2014) Demonstrating Management Systems at Full-Scale Anaerobic Digestion Plants – Cardiff Waste Water Treatment Works (South Wales), IEE Biomethane Regions Project Report (Task 4.3).

Oliveira, I., Hegarty, F., Reed, J.P., Wilson, V., Esteves, S. 2013. Ammonia stripping methodologies for pre and post digested thermally hydrolysed waste activated sludge:Preliminary investigations, Proceedings of the 18th European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference, Horan, N.J.(ed), Aqua Enviro Technology Transfer, November 2013

Kumi P. J., Williams H. G., Dinsdale R. M., Shipley G., Reed J. P., and Guwy A. J. 2013. Increasing the Release of Soluble Carbohydrates from a Recalcitrant Lignocellulosic Biomass for Biohydrogen Production. 13th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. P1125 IWA‐11910

Reed, J.P., Devlin, D., Esteves, S.R.R., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A.J., 2013. Integration of NIRS and PCA techniques for the process monitoring of a sewage sludge anaerobic digester. Bioresource Technology, 133, pp. 398 – 404.

Reed, J.P., Devlin, D., Esteves, S.R.R., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A.J., 2011. Performance parameter prediction for sewage sludge digesters using reflectance FT-NIR spectroscopy. Water Research, 45(8), pp. 2463 – 2472.

Reed, J.P., Devlin, D., Esteves, S.R.R., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A.J., 2011. Lifting the lid on process optimisation for anaerobic digestion, Proceedings of the 16th European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference, November 2011, Horan, N.J.(ed), Aqua Enviro, Leeds, UK

Reed, J.P., Davis, A.N., 2011. Near infrared spectroscopy in bioreactor performance monitoring. Spectroscopy Europe, 23(3), pp. 22-25

Reed, J.P., Chen, R., Dudfield, C., Adcock., P., 2010. A multi-function compact fuel reforming reactor for fuel cell applications. Fuel, 89(5), pp.949-957.


Sustainable Environment Research Centre
Energy and Environment Research Institute
European Network on Spectroscopy in Anaerobic Digestion


Current Funding
Engaged on the ERDF – Welsh Government funded Flexible Integrated Energy Systems (FLEXIS) project under WP5: Hydrogen Energy Storage and WP6: Sustainable Production and Purification of Hydrogen Syngas, BioH2 and BioCH4

Engaged on the ERDF – Welsh Government ‘SMARTExpertise’ funded SMART Collaboration for an Industrial Resource CircuLar Economy (CIRCLE) in collaboration with Welsh Water, Tata Steel UK, GP Biotec, Bryn Power, Fre-Energy , BPE Design and Support, and Heatcatcher.

Past Funding:

Engaged on the A4B funded Knowledge Transfer Centre for Advanced Anaerobic Processes and Biogas Systems (KTC AAPBS) to develop and deploy FT-NIRS as a monitoring and control system for anaerobic digestion systems.

Engaged on the LCRI WEST project to develop training materials and courses in the area of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.

Current Research Students:

Supervisor for PhD Michael Darke ‘Real-time monitoring and control of sewage sludge feed management, digestion and dewatering’ in collaboration with Welsh Water, (Funded under the ESF-KESS II programme) (Started October 2017)

Supervisor for PhD Angela Oliveira ‘Optimisation of Anaerobic Digestion Plant Design and Operations for Improved Energy Production and Odour Management’, in collaboration with Bryn Compost Ltd.(Funded under the ESF-KESS II programme) (Started in 2016).

Supervisor for PhD Kleitos Panagi ‘The effect of gaseous sulphur-based impurities on the co-electrolysis of steam and carbon dioxide using solid oxide electrolysis cells’. (Started in 2016).

Past Research Students
Supervisor for PhD Ivo Oliveira ‘Optimisation of dewatering of sewage sludge digestates’ (funded by ERDF, WG and EU-IEE) (started in 2013); (in collaboration with Dr. Muhammad Abu-Orf)

Supervisor for PhD Philemon Kumi ‘Improving the Bioconversion of Lignocellulosic Feedstock to Bio-fuels and Chemicals’

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