The Institute of Industrial Research (IIR) is one of the leading 13 Research Institutes of Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the main Science and Technology Research and Development Institution of Ghana. The CSIR-IIR is Ghana’s foremost industrial research and development organization.

 

Researchers

Dr. Francis Boateng Agyenim

Position: Director.

Email: fagyenim@csir-iir.org; director@csir-iir.org; aboffour@hotmail.com

Tel: mob: +233-202-698369/ Off: +233 302 500193

 

1. SUMMARY/BIOGRAPHY

Dr Francis Boateng Agyenim is the Director of The Institute of Industrial Research, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana. As a Director, Dr Agyenim is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Institute of Industrial Research. Dr Agyenim worked as the Dean of Graduate School at Ghana Technology University College (GTUC), Accra Ghana between September 2012 and November, 2016. He was the academic and administrative head, responsible for providing leadership and direction for the development, implementation and reporting on teaching, research, service and administrative goals and objectives of the Graduate School. He has extensive experience in teaching, research and administration, overseeing effective implementation of programmes, securing funding and conducting cutting-edge research and leading knowledge transfer partnerships in three world class Universities in the UK – Cardiff, Ulster and Nottingham Universities. He holds a PhD in Solar Energy Engineering (UK), MSc in Energy Conversion and Management (Germany) and BSc in Metallurgical Engineering (Ghana).

2. EDUCATION BACKGROUND

From

To

Institution

Degree

2003

2007

University of Ulster, Belfast, UK

  • PhD Engineering & Built Environment (Solar Energy Engineering & Energy Storage)
  • Associate Teacher in Higher Education (SEDA Accredited)

2000

2003

University of Applied Sciences, Offenburg, Germany

M.Sc Energy Conversion & Management

1992

1997

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.

BSc Metallurgical Engineering

 

3. EMPLOYMENT


Date

Position

Institution

Main Job Functions

Oct, 2016 to Date

Director

Institute of Industrial Research, CSIR

Directing day-to-day administration of Institute of Industrial Research.

Sept, 2012 to Nov, 2016

Dean of Graduate School, Senior Lecturer Sustainability

Ghana Technology University College,
Accra, Ghana

Academic and Administrative head of the Graduate School. Responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Institute.

March, 2010 to Dec, 2012

Lecturer, Sustainable Energy Technologies

University of Nottingham,
Nottingham, United Kingdom

  • Module Convener Teaching/assessing PG/UG  modules in Sustainable Energy Technologies
  • Research in: Energy Demand Management within the Built Environment, Building Energy & Environmental Performance Modeling, Solar Systems, Phase Change Energy Storage
  • Supervision of PhD/MSc/BSc students.

Feb, 2008 to March, 2010

Research Fellow/Tutor

University of Ulster, Belfast, United Kingdom.

  • Research into Heat Pumps/Refrigeration and Latent Heat Thermal Energy Storage (LHTES) system.
  • UG/PG teaching and assessment.

March 2007 to March 2008

Research Associate

Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

  • Design, develop and measure outdoor performance of prototype Solar Thermal Absorption Cooling System (STACS).
  • Manage day to day administration of the STACS project

October 2004 to March 2007

Tutor/Graduate Demonstrator

University of Ulster, Belfast, United Kingdom.

Tutoring students, assisting UG teaching & assessing thesis and undergraduate examination and coursework in the modules Building Design and Practice and
Building Science and Materials.

March-Sept, 2001; Feb to Sept, 2002

Practical Trainee

GEYSOL Solar Technique, Germany

Solar systems manufacture/assembly and installation in homes (German).

1997 to 1999

Metallurgical Engineer

Ashanti Goldfields Ltd, Obuasi, Ghana.

  • Metallurgical Research and Gold Plant Operations Supervision
  • Training of Metallurgical Operators

 

4. RESEARCH SUMMARY AND INTEREST  

  • Solar powered absorption cooling system
  • Building integrated photovoltaic systems
  • Building energy & environmental performance modelling
  • The potential for energy conservation, materials and sustainability within the built environment.
  • Phase change material (PCM) storage to adjust electricity tariff in residential heat pump applications
  • Passive control of building temperature using PCM integrated walls and chilled ceiling
  • Energy demand management within the built environment.
  • Categorisation of energy demand by buildings based on age and type of building. 
  • Heat transfer in buildings, building components and systems
  • Solar thermal energy storage using phase change materials (PCMs) and other storage systems
  • The role of thermal energy storage to reduce heating and cooling demands
  • Development of mobile toilet facilities for low-income population in developing countries.

 

5.   PROJECTS/ACHIEVEMENTS/FUNDING AWARDS

  • Principal Investigator - Successful for a proposal “Development of innovative competence based curricula on solar PV Energy Systems” application to COTVET/SDF ($415,351.00) – February to August, 2014.
  • Principal Investigator - Successful for a proposal “Competence based Training in the installation and maintenance of solar PV Energy systems in 10 regions of Ghana” application to COTVET/SDF ($565,800.00) –August 2014 to July 2015.
  • Principal Investigator - Successful for a research proposal “Early Career and Knowledge Transfer” application at the University of Nottingham (£50,000.00)
  • Co-Investigator - Successful for a research proposal to a £1.6 million Cross-Border Research and Development Funding Programme “Strengthening the all-Island Research Base” Energy Storage with Professor NJ Hewitt.
  • Award: 2015/2016 DIES - International Deans Conference Training on Faculty Management, Higher education Governance, Financial management, change management, quality assurance and leadership etc
  • PhD Scholarship (2003 to 2007)

 

6.   PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Board of Directors, Ghana Nuts Limited, Techiman/Oetigheim, Ghana/Germany.
  • Member, University Council, Yeshua Institute of Technology, Accra, Ghana.
  • Media Appearances:
  • Panelist on TV3/JOYPRIME/GTV/GBC24/Viasat 1 covering several topical areas including –
    • Talking Point (live programme) on solar Energy for National Development,
    • Consumer Watch (live programme) – Feasibility and Sustainability of Solar Energy proposal on President Mahama’s State of the Nation address.
    • Solar Energy Dream for Ghana, solar powered cooling system for Ghana
    • Speaking to Reporters from Business and Financial Times, Peace FM, Daily Graphic, GBCGhana etc on the need to adapt solar energy in Ghana etc
  • Print Media publications:
  • Daily Graphic: Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Issue 19566, page 34. “Is solar energy the best alternative to Ghana’s energy crisis?”
  • Business and Financial Times: Tuesday July 15, 2014. Issue 1778. “Solar dream can happen if.....” (Front page)
  • Daily Graphic: Saturday, July 12, 2014. Issue 19566, page 38. “50 electrical engineers trained in solar systems”? etc
  • Invited speaker on Solar Thermal Energy Storage and Applications at University of Warwick
  • Developed MSc Energy Management course for Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA, Ghana).
  • Training of company managers (Eg Tradeworks and Appliance Masters) on managerial competencies including “Developing Management Skills”, “Technical Proposal Writing”, “Technologies and Decision Making”, “Data Analysis Using Excel and SPSS” etc
  • Developed BSc Renewable Energy Engineering Course for University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana.
  • Examiner for PhD Thesis “The development of an advanced High temperature heat pump for Domestic applications” at University of Ulster in 2008.
  • Technical reviewer for Canada foundation for Innovation for Solar Energy Systems (Funding stream – Leaders opportunity fund for research infrastructure).
  • Reviewer for scientific journals: Solar Energy, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, International Journal of Energy Research, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Energy and Buildings, Renewable Energy
  • Supervision of PhD students and up to on average 15 MSc/MA and MEng/BSc/BA students per year.

 

7. INVITED SPEAKER (SELECTED)

  • F. Agyenim, Phase Change Energy Storage for Solar Powered LiBr/H2O Absorption Cooling System and Heat Pump Applications, Workshop on Solar Energy and Thermal Storage, Warwick University, 10 ~ 11 May 2010.
  • F. Agyenim, The application of latent heat thermal energy storage in solar air conditioning and heat pump systems.  Low Carbon Earth Summit-2011 (LCES-2011), October 19-26, 2011, Dalian, China.
  • F. Agyenim, Solar air conditioning and the need for energy storage for meeting domestic cooling in tropical countries, Ghana National Energy Symposium 2007, 31st October to 2nd November 2007, Accra, Ghana.
  • F. Agyenim, Numerical and experimental development of a medium temperature thermal energy storage (Erythritol) system for the hot side storage in a LiBr/H2O air conditioning system, 19-25 July 2008, World Renewable Energy Congress, 19th to 25th July 2008, Glasgow - Scotland, UK.

 

A1.       JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • F. Agyenim, I. Knight, M. Rhodes, Design and experimental testing of the performance of an outdoor LiBr/H2O solar thermal absorption cooling system with a cold store, Solar Energy 84 (2010), 735–744.
  • F. Agyenim, N. Hewitt, P. Eames, M. Smyth, A review of materials, heat transfer and phase change problem formulation for latent heat thermal energy storage systems (LHTESS), Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 14 (2010), 615–628.
  • F. Agyenim, N. Hewitt, The development of a finned phase change material (PCM) storage system to take advantage of off-peak electricity tariff for improvement in cost of heat pump operation, Energy and Buildings 42 (9) (2010), 1552-1560.
  • F. Agyenim, P.C. Eames, M. Smyth, A comparison of heat transfer enhancement in a medium temperature thermal energy storage heat exchanger using fins, Solar Energy 83 (2009), 1509–1520.
  • F. Agyenim, P.C. Eames, M. Smyth, Heat transfer enhancement in medium temperature thermal energy storage system using a multitube heat transfer array, Renewable Energy 35 (2010), 198–207.
  • F. Agyenim, P.C. Eames, M. Smyth, Experimental study on the melting and solidification behaviour of a medium temperature phase change storage material (Erythritol) system augmented with fins to power a LiBr/H2O absorption cooling system, Renewable Energy 36(1) (2011), 108-117.
  • F. Agyenim, N. Hewitt, Experimental investigation and improvement in heat transfer of paraffin PCM RT58 storage system to take advantage of low peak tariff rates for heat pump applications. International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies 8 (4), 260-270.
  • A.J. Parry, P.C. Eames, F. Agyenim, One-dimensional model for thermal energy storage shell and tube heat exchangers, Heat Transfer Engineering (Accepted for publication in January, 2014).
  • M. Shatat, S Riffat, F Agyenim, Journal homepage: www. Experimental testing method for solar light simulator with an attached evacuated solar collector, International Journal of Energy and Environment 4 (2), 219-230.
  • F Agyenim, The use of enhanced heat transfer techniques in phase change materials (PCM) to improve the coefficient of performance (COP) of solar powered LiBr/H2O absorption cooling and heating systems, Renewable Energy (Accepted for Publication review).

 

B.         CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

  1. F. Agyenim, M. Smyth, P.C. Eames, A review of phase change thermal energy storage; selection of materials suitable for energy storage in the 100-130°C temperature range, World Renewable Energy Congress, 22nd to 27th May 2005, Aberdeen, Scotland.
  2. F. Agyenim, P.C. Eames, M. Smyth, Experimental investigation into the melting and solidification characteristics of medium temperature phase change material (Erythritol) in a shell and tube heat storage system, World Renewable Energy Congress, 19th to 25th August 2006, Florence, Italy.
  3. F. Agyenim, M. Rhodes, I.P. Knight, The use of phase change material (PCM) to improve the coefficient of performance of a chiller for meeting domestic cooling in Wales, 2nd PALENC and 28th AIVC Conference 2007, 27th to 29th September 2007, Crete Island, Greece.
  4. F. Agyenim, P.C. Eames, M. Smyth, A comparison of heat transfer enhancement in medium temperature thermal energy storage, Erythritol (melting point 117.7°C) using fins and multitubes, ISES Solar World Congress 2007, 18th to 21st September 2007, Beijing, China.
  5. F. Agyenim, Solar air conditioning and the need for energy storage for meeting domestic cooling in tropical countries, Ghana National Energy Symposium 2007, 31st October to 2nd November 2007, Accra, Ghana.
  6. F. Agyenim, N. Hewitt, M. Smyth, P.C. Eames, Numerical and experimental development of a medium temperature thermal energy storage (Erythritol) system for the hot side storage in a LiBr/H2O air conditioning system, 19-25 July 2008, World Renewable Energy Congress, 19th to 25th July 2008, Glasgow - Scotland, UK.
  7. F. Agyenim, N. Hewitt, M. Smyth, P.C. Eames, Numerical and experimental development of medium temperature thermal energy storage (Erythritol) system for the hot side of LiBr/H2O air conditioning applications, 19-25 July 2008, World Renewable Energy Congress, 19th to 25th July 2008, Glasgow - Scotland, UK.
  8. M. Rhodes, I. Knight, F. Agyenim, Categorising the existing Welsh housing stock in terms of heating and cooling demand and thermal storage capacity, 2nd PALENC and 28th AIVC Conference 2007, 27th to 29th September 2007, Crete Island, Greece.
  9. I.P. Knight, M. Rhodes, F. Agyenim, E. Ampatzi, The potential for solar thermal heating and cooling systems to reduce the carbon emissions of domestic properties in a northern European country, Eurosun 2008, 1st International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings, 7th to 10th October 2008, Lisbon, Portugal.  
  10. E. Ampatzi, I.P. Knight, M. Rhodes, F. Agyenim, The role of thermal energy storage in helping solar thermal reduce the heating, cooling and DHW demands of the Housing Stock in a Northern European Country, International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings, 7th to 10th October 2008, Lisbon, Portugal.
  11. M. Rhodes, F. Agyenim, I.P. Knight, E. Ampatzi, Parameters affecting the aesthetic integration of solar thermal heating and cooling systems in domestic properties in a Northern European Country, Eurosun 2008, 1st International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings, 7th to 10th October 2008, Lisbon, Portugal.
  12. F. Agyenim, N. Hewitt, Experimental investigation of PCMs for the hot side of a vapour compression heat pump to adjust tariff rates, The 9th International Conference on Sustainable Energy, 24th to 27th August 2010, Shanghai, China.
  13. F. Agyenim, N. Hewitt, An investigation of PCMs for the hot side of a vapour compression heat pump to adjust tariff rates, ISES Solar World Congress 2009, 11th to 14th October Johannesburg, South Africa.
  14. F. Agyenim, D. Tetlow, Development of a finite element model for assessing enhancement technology for phase change material inclusion within a UK based domestic solar thermal system (accepted for presentation in 11th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET-2012), September 2-5, 2012 in Vancouver, Canada.
  15. D. Tetlow, F. Agyenim, Investigation to standardised thermal performance of a novel domestic UK solar thermal storage with the inclusion of PCM (accepted for presentation in 11th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET-2012), September 2-5, 2012 in Vancouver, Canada.
  16. M. Shata, S. Riffat, F. Agyenim, Development of a standardized method of testing solar light simulator (accepted for presentation in 11th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET-2012), September 2-5, 2012 in Vancouver, Canada.
  17. Y. Ding, S. B. Riffat, F. Agyenim, Thermal Energy Storage Technologies with Thermochemical and Phase Change Materials: a state-of-the-art Review, 11th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET-2012), September 2-5, 2012 in Vancouver, Canada).
  18. F Agyenim, P Eames, M Smyth. (2006). Experimental investigation into the melting and solidification characteristics of medium temperature phase change material (Erythritol) in a shell and tube heat storage system. World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC 2006), Florence, Italy 19-25 August.
  19. F. Agyenim, Solar air conditioning and the need for energy storage for meeting domestic cooling in tropical countries, Ghana National Energy Symposium 2007, 31st October to 2nd November 2007, Accra, Ghana.

 

 

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