Dr Dawid P. Hanak, FHEA
Lecturer in Clean Energy
Course Director for MSc in Energy Systems and Thermal Processes 
and MSc in Process Systems Engineering


I am Dr Dawid P. Hanak and I hold the lectureship in Clean Energy at Cranfield University since November 2016. My expertise is in techno-economic feasibility assessment of clean power generation systems and industrial processes. I hold a PhD from Cranfield University (2013–2016) and I defended my PhD thesis on efficiency improvements in coal-fired power plants retrofitted with CO2 capture systems with no corrections. I was awarded:

  • Lord Kings Norton Medal (2017), a prize recognising the best PhD thesis across Cranfield University
  • Early Career Research Poster Prize at UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre Spring Biannual Meeting (UKCCSRC, 2015)
  • Early Career Research Poster Prize at the Carbon Capture and Storage Winter School (UKCCSRC, 2015)
  • Best Fossil Fuel Poster Prize during the Energy Sector Early Career Chemists Symposium (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013).

As a researcher, I was responsible for process modelling and feasibility assessment activities in a portfolio of research projects including Balanced Energy Networks (InnovateUK, 102624, £511k), and Combined Energy Recovery and CO2 Removal Phase 1 (EPSRC, EP/N508615/1, £147k). Currently, I am the investigator for:

  • Phase 1 of EpiQair test programme (Epicam Ltd, £50k, PI)
  • Feasibility assessment of energy storage system based on EpiQair engine (ERDF, £10k, PI)
  • Energy and Power Roundtable Workshop with Cambridge CleanTech (HEIF, £10k, PI)
  • EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership funding for a project on clean hydrogen, heat, and power production (EPSRC, £61k, PI)
  • Redefining power generation from carbonaceous fuels with carbonate looping combustion and gasification technologies project (EPSRC, EP/P034594/1, £157k, Co-I)
  • Combined Energy Recovery and CO2 Capture Phase 2 (BEIS, EEF5084, £255k, Co-I)

I am also the Course Director for the MSc in Energy Systems and Thermal Processes, and MSc in Process Systems Engineering at Cranfield University. I currently supervise ten MSc and four PhD students in my area of expertise, as well as delivering lectures across
a number of taught modules at Cranfield University and Muscat University (Oman).