Sustainable Harvesting of Energy from Rail Infrastructure


Ahmed is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher in (NTEC), Faculty of Engineering at University of Nottingham. Ahmed worked before as a research assistant at Zewail City of Science and Technology, Renewable Energy Engineering Program and participated in Renewable Energy Systems course as a teaching assistant. He had worked before for one year as Assistant Lecturer in the Renewable Energy Group, Environmental Engineering Department at Ain Shams University, and before this for three years as Assistant Researcher in Solar Energy Department at National Research Centre. Furthermore, he worked as electrical engineer at Fayoum University. Ahmed has graduated from Fayoum University as the second of his power and machines engineering class with high honors and obtained his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with distinguished honors where his master thesis related to renewable energy field.

Ahmed has won an array of awards in the fields of energy and engineering, including “FameLab Cambridge 2018 – Finalist” from Cambridge Science Centre & University of Cambridge, “Green Talent Award 2017” from German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), “Best Research Assistant 2016” from Zewail City of Science and Technology, “Top Reviewer Award 2017, 2016, 2015” from the Elsevier and Renewable Energy Journal and the “Siemens Middle East Student Award 2014”. Ahmed served as a reviewer for more than two hundred scientific research paper in “Energy, Applied Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Conversion and Management, Energy Policy, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Cleaner Production and Computers & Operations Research” Journals at Elsevier, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy Journal at IEEE, and Springer Journals. He participated in Egyptian Engineering Day (EED 2016 and 2017) and Intel Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF-Egypt 2013 and 2015) as a judge. He has been nominated as a Scientific Expert to Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) on 27 March 2018.

Ahmed Mohamed worked before on several research projects to improve the efficiency of solar-powered engines. He has worked on boosting the water-pumping capability of Stirling engines, in order to increase access to water in remote rural areas of his country, Egypt. In addition, he worked on a project to develop a new solar tracking system using solar-powered Stirling engine. Furthermore, he participated before in one of European Commission FP7, which is related to Mediterranean activities for research and innovation in the energy sector (MARE). Ahmed had many scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals with high I.F. and conferences.


“SHERI” Sustainable Harvesting of Energy from Rail Infrastructure

The overall goal is (1) to develop a technique for energy collection and storage in the rail environment that could be used for non-motive power (e.g. signal and sign, work-zone lighting, switch heating, station illumination, etc.). As initial steps in such a process, the more limited aim of this project is (2) to find and optimize simple and economic means of abstracting mechanical energy from passing trains and/or solar energy falling on the track, (3) without resorting to material- and energy-intensive PVs and batteries, so that sustainable and readily distributed systems can be implemented by subsequent implementers.

UNOTT will provide expertise with railway trackbed design, sustainable engineering, energy harvesting concepts, materials. The partnership with strategic partners will provide:

  • EIFFAGE: understand the contracting business in the rail sector and make initial plans for a pilot-scale implementation (1 month, M23); on-site experience, implement energy harvesting pilot-scale equipment on site
  • AECOM: design and safety case for railway implementation, site visits, constraints on engineering implementation

Mr Andrew Dawson (The University of Nottingham) – andrew.dawson@nottingham.ac.uk