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Dr.Ahmed Hachicha Academic RankAssistant Professor

Specialization:

  • Ph.D. in Thermal Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTECH, Spain.

Research Interests:

  • - Renewable/Solar energy systems and its applications
    - Concentrating solar power technologies
    - Numerical modeling and Computational fluid Dynamics
    - Combined PV thermal systems
    - Thermo-fluid analysis of energy systems
    - Dust effect on solar systems
    - Energy efficiency

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Education: -PhD in thermal engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia UPC, Barcelona (Spain) 2013. -Master degree in energy engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia UPC, Barcelona (Spain) 2010. -Master degree in energy engineering, National School of Engineering of Tunis ENIT, Tunis (Tunisia) 2008. -Industrial engineer degree, National School of Engineering of Tunis ENIT, Tunis (Tunisia) 2007.
-Assistant Professor, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering department, College of Engineering, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sep 2014-Present). -Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Lecturer, National School of Engineering of Tunis, ENIT, Tunisia (Feb 2014-Aug 2014). -Consultant, NurEnergie, United Kingdom (Nov 2012-Mar 2013). -Maintenance assistant,Valeo, EZZAHRA STC, Tunisia (Feb 2007-Nov 2007) Professional Activities: - Guest Editor. Frontiers in enregy research. Research topic: New Enhancement Techniques for Solar Thermal Collectors (2021). - Peer reviewing for: Applied energy journal, Applied thermal engineering, Solar energy, journal of cleaner production, Energy conversion and management, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Journal of solar energy engineering journal –ASME, Energies.
- Guest Editor. Frontiers in enregy research. Research topic: New Enhancement Techniques for Solar Thermal Collectors (2021). - Peer reviewing for: Applied energy journal, Applied thermal engineering, Solar energy, journal of cleaner production, Energy conversion and management, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Journal of solar energy engineering journal –ASME, Energies.
-Hybrid solar PV-thermal System (External project with collaboration of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority) -Performance enhancement of Parabolic trough solar collector with different inserts, design, and nanofluid (University of Sharjah) -Numerical and Experimental Investigations of Dust Effect on Solar Systems under United Arab Emirates Weather Conditions and Dust Mitigation Methods (University of Sharjah) - Study on renewable energy using a solar updraft tower and its effectiveness as an outdoor air purification system (Korea Aerospace University) - Demand Response and Renewable Energy integration in Institutional Buildings: A Case Study of a University of Sharjah Campus-UAE (University of Sharjah) - Numerical and experimental study of an innovative solar absorber- parabolic trough collectors case (University of Sharjah) - Design, test and modelling of direct steam generation process using parabolic trough solar (University of Sharjah)
[1] Z. Said, A.A. Hachicha, S. Aberoumand, B.A. Yousef, E.T. Sayed, E. Bellos. Recent advances on nanofluids for low to medium temperature solar collectors: energy, exergy, economic analysis and environmental impact. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 2021, 84, 100898. [2] B.A. Yousef, A.A. Hachicha, I. Rodriguez, M.A. Abdelkareem, A. Inyaat. Perspective on integration of concentrated solar power plants. International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies, 2021, ctab034, https://doi.org/10.1093/ijlct/ctab034. [3] Z. Said, A. Waqas, A.A. Hachicha, R. Loni. Central versus off-grid photovoltaic system, the optimum option for the domestic sector based on techno-economic-environmental assessment for United Arab Emirates.Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments 2021, 43, 100944. [4] A.A. Hachicha, Z. Said, SMA. Rahman, E Al-Sarairah. On the thermal and thermodynamic analysis of parabolic trough collector technology using industrial-grade MWCNT based nanofluid. Renewable Energy 2020, 161, 1303-1317. [5] SMA. Rahman, A.A Hachicha, C. Ghenai, R. Saidur, Z. Said. Performance and life cycle analysis of a novel portable solar thermoelectric refrigerator. Case Studies in Thermal Engineering, 2020, 19, 100599. [6] A. Allagui, H. Alnaqbi, A.S. Elwakil, Z. Said, A.A. Hachicha, C. Wang, and M.A. Abdelkareem.Fractional-order electric double-layer capacitors with tunable low-frequency impedance phase angle and energy storage capabilities. Applied Physics Letters 2020, 116 (1),013902. [7] Z. Said, M. Ghodbane, A.A Hachicha, and B. Boumeddane. Performance assessment of linear Fresnel solar reflector using MWCNTs/DW nanofluids. Renewable Energy 2020, 151, 43-56. [8] Z. Said, M. Ghodbane, A.A Hachicha, and B. Boumeddane. Optical performance assessment of a small experimental prototype of linear Fresnel reflector . Case Studies in Thermal Engineering, 2019, 16, 100541. [9] A.A Hachicha, B.A.A Yousef, Z. Said, I. Rodríguez. A review study on the modeling of high-temperature solar thermal collector systems. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2019, 112, 280-298. [10] Z. Said, M. El Haj Assad, A.A Hachicha, E. Bellos, M. Ali. Abdelkareem, D. Zeyad, B. Yousef. Enhancing the performance of automotive radiators using nanofluids. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2019 112, 183-194. [11] M.A. Ehyaei, A. Ahmadi, M. El Haj Assad, A.A. Hachicha, Z. Said. Energy, exergy and economic analyses for the selection of working fluid and metal oxide nanofluids in a parabolic trough collector. Solar Energy 2019, 187, 175-184. [12] A.A. Hachicha, I. Al-Sawafta, D. Ben Hamadou. Numerical and experimental investigations of dust effect on CSP performance under United Arab Emirates weather conditions. Renewable Energy 2019, 143, 263-276. [13] A.A.Hachicha, I. Al-Sawafta, Z. Said. Impact of dust on the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems under United Arab Emirates weather conditions. Renewable Energy 2019, 141, 287-297. [14] E.W Bitam, Y. Demagh, A. A. Hachicha, H. Benmoussa, and Y. Kabar. Numerical investigation of a novel sinusoidal tube receiver for parabolic trough technology. Applied Energy, 218, 494-510, 2018. [15] A.A. Hachicha, I. Rodríguez, and C. Ghenai. Thermo-hydraulic analysis and numerical simulation of a parabolic trough solar collector for direct steam generation. Applied Energy, 2018, vol. 214, p. 152-165. [16] A.A. Hachicha. Thermo-hydraulic modelling for Direct Steam Generation. Energy Procedia, 143, 705-712, 2017. [17] A.A. Hachicha and M. Tawalbeh. Design of a new concentrated photovoltaic system under UAE conditions. In AIP Conference Proceedings 2017, 1850, No. 1, p. 110004, AIP Publishing, 2017. [18] C. Ghenai and A.A. Hachicha. Thermal Performance of Biomass-Fired Steam Power Plant. Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications ASME 2107; 9; 3; 031002 . [19] E. Al-Sarairah, C. Ghenai, and A.A. Hachicha. Multiplicity of premixed flames under the effect of heat loss. Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications ASME 2107; 9; 3; 031001 . [20] E. Al-Sarairah, B. Al-Hasanat, and \textbf {A.A. Hachicha}. On the stability of planar premixed flames under non adiabatic conditions and preferential diffusion. Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications ASME 2107; 9; 3; 031010 . [21] A.A. Hachicha. Numerical simulation of a parabolic trough solar collector for hot water and steam generation. AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1734. No. 1. AIP Publishing, 2016. [22] A.A. Hachicha, C.Ghenai, A-K Hamid, Enhancing the Performance of a Photovoltaic Module using Different Cooling Methods. International Science Index, Energy and Power Engineering Vol:9, No:9, 2015 waset.org/Publication/10002519. [23] K. Thakkar, C. Ghenai, A.A. Hachicha. Integrated modeling approach for energy planning and climate change mitigation assessment in the state of Florida. International Science Index, Energy and Power Engineering Vol:9, No:9, 2015 waset.org/Publication/10002680. [24] A.A. Hachicha, I. Rodríguez and A.Oliva. Wind speed effect on the flow field and heat transfer around a parabolic trough solar collector. Applied Energy 2014; 130, pp 200-211. [25] A.A. Hachicha, I. Rodríguez, O. Lehmkuhl and A. Oliva. On the CFD and HT of the flow around a parabolic trough solar collector under real working conditions. Energy Procedia 2014; 49, pp 1397-1390. [26] A.A. Hachicha, I. Rodríguez, R. Capdevila and A. Oliva. Heat transfer analysis and numerical simulation of a parabolic trough solar collector. Applied Energy 2013; 111: 582-592. [27] A.A. Hachicha, I. Rodríguez, J. Castro and A. Oliva. Numerical simulation of wind flow around a parabolic trough solar collector. Applied Energy 2013; 107 , pp. 426-437.
- Study of a solar updraft tower for outdoor air purification system. - Study of The Enhancement of Parabolic Trough Collector Using Nanofluids. - Evaluation of an innovative PV thermal collector under UAE weather conditions. - Design and Test of Self-Cleaning Methods to Mitigate Dust Accumulation on Solar Systems. - Reducing PV Soiling and Condensation Using Hydrophobic Coating with Controllable Curtains. - Testing and Evaluation of a novel absorber tube for Parabolic Trough Solar Collector Technology. - Design of a concentrated solar PV and thermal system using Linear Fresnel Reflector. - Direct Steam Generation Using a High Flux Solar Collector. - Design and testing of a novel absorber tube for parabolic trough solar collector technology. - The Effect of Dust on Solar Systems and Dust Mitigation Methods. - Energy and Exergy efficiency of a photovoltaic thermal system (PVT) using industrial grade MWCNTs based nanofluids. - Design of hybrid system for green building solar decathlon study case. - Implementation of Concentrated solar power in solar absorption application. - Design and implementation of Direct Steam Generation System for parabolic trough collectors. - Integrated membrane distillation system using parabolic trough solar collector for water desalination application. - Design of a heat exchanger for thermal energy storage using phase change materials. - Design of a solar ice maker. - Design of a new inflated concentrated photovoltaic system under UAE conditions. - Modular, ballasted single-axis tracking system for Enerwhere’s off-grid power rental business incorporating EDS technology. - Design of a small prototype of parabolic trough solar collector for direct steam generation process. - Green Farm: Applicable Renewable technologies. - Stand-Alone Solar-Powered Hydrogen System for LED Street lights. - 20 MW Solar Power Plant. - Manufacturing and Testing of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.
- Sharjah Islamic Bank Award for distinguished research, United Arab Emirates 2020. - Summer research visit in Polytechnic University of Catalonia UPC, Spain 2015. - Special doctoral award for the most outstanding doctoral thesis, Polytechnic University of Catalonia UPC, Barcelona (Spain) 2015. - PhD scholarship, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation AECID Spain 2008-2013. - Master scholarship, Polytechnic University of Catalonia UPC Spain 2007-2008.
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