Dr Sahand Hosouli


I am a renewable energy expert with a passion for sustainable engineering. Currently, I am a lecturer in Renewable Energy at Kingston University in London. In this role, I educate and mentor students on the latest developments and best practices in renewable energy, helping to prepare them for careers in this rapidly growing field.

My research focus is centred around advancing and refining renewable energy technologies, with a specific emphasis on solar thermal systems, thermochemical heat storage, waste heat recovery, and application of Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) in renewable energy. I have extensive expertise in designing, modelling, and testing various types of solar thermal collectors, including ST, PT, PVT, and C-PVT. In the field of heat storage, my research interests involve developing, screening, and assessing innovative materials capable of storing and releasing heat efficiently, with a particular emphasis on improving their cyclic performance and scaling up TCS systems from laboratory to real-world demonstration. I have supervised several students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including students from the association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres (EUREC).

I have a strong track record of securing funding for research and development activities in renewable energy sector. I have been able to secure the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs fund, Vinnova funding to support research and development activities within the Horizon Europe proposals and have also taken on roles as a consortium coordinator and proposal manager for multiple Horizon Europe projects under Cluster 5: Climate, Energy and Mobility.

As a researcher, I have had the opportunity to work across the UK, including at Swansea University (2021-2023) and Loughborough University (2020), where I focused on projects related to renewable energy technologies and thermal energy storage. Since 2021, I'm an expert member of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Task 67, which focuses on compact thermal energy storage materials.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Renewable Energy


  • 2021: PhD in Industrial Engineering - Energy & Environmental Technologies (University of Florence)
  • 2015: MSc, Materials Science and Engineering (Iran University of Science & Technology)
  • 2013: BSc, Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching and learning

  • Module leader AE7202 (Biomass and Fuel Cells Renewable Technology) 2023/24
  • Member of the teaching team ME7725 (Green Engineering & Energy Efficiency)
  • Member of the teaching team AE7203 (Solar Power Engineering)

  • Coordinated various material and mechanical engineering modules to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students (Teaching load: 30 hours/week), including Transport Phenomena, Material Characterization Methods, Solidification of Metals, Heat Treatment of Metals, Welding Metallurgy, Powder Metallurgy, Introduction to Advanced Materials, and Material Physical Properties.

  • Coordinated and supervised laboratory modules to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students, including Material Characterization Methods (Metallography Laboratory), Laboratory of Heat Treatment of Metallic Materials, Laboratory of Welding Metallurgy, Laboratory of Metallurgy and Metallography, and Laboratory of Solidification of Metals.

Teaching Grants:

  • Teaching Capital Funding (PI) - £27,000

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Postgraduate courses taught


I am currently involved in various renewable energy projects, including solar energy, thermal energy storage, and energy optimization. These projects cover topics such as solar plant location selection, energy cost optimization, and innovative energy storage systems. I have supervised several students for their renewable energy and material/mechanical engineering projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including those from the Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centers (EUREC).

Research Grants:

  • Research Capital Funding (PI) - £25,000

Previous Research Activities:

  • Developed a novel small-size solar PTC for medium temperature applications. Indoor and outdoor testing was conducted to obtain experimental results which were used to validate the CFD model. The design was then upscaled to the system level using TRNSYS, Polysun, and TRNBuild software for the development of energy supply models.
  • Developed a Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) methodology for screening and selection of novel materials suitable for heat storage applications using graph theory and matrix approach.
  • Developed a novel stacked bed reactor for thermochemical heat storage, with a focus on the importance of reactor design in the efficient utilization of storage materials for background space heating.
  • Developed novel PVT collector design called H-pattern.
  • Conducted extensive research on the development and testing of novel salt/matrix thermochemical heat storage materials.

Areas of specialism

  • Study of Key Design Parameters of Solar Collectors with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Simulation and Modelling of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Design and Optimization of Solar Thermal Systems and Building Energy Performance
  • Developing and Applying Mathematical Models for Decision-Making Problems
  • Development and Evaluation of Novel Materials for Efficient Thermal Energy Storage

Research student supervision


Number of items: 14.


Yildizhan, Hasan, Hosouli, Sahand, Yılmaz, Sıdıka Ece, Gomes, João, Pandey, Chandan and Alkharusi, Tarik (2023) Alternative work arrangements : individual, organizational and environmental outcomes. Heliyon, 9(11), e21899. ISSN (online) 2405-8440

Hosouli, Sahand, Gomes, João, Talha Jahangir, Muhammad and Pius, George (2023) Performance evaluation of novel concentrating photovoltaic thermal solar collector under quasi-dynamic conditions. Solar, 3(2), pp. 195-212. ISSN (online) 2673-9941

Hosouli, Sahand, Elvins, Jonathon, Searle, Justin, Boudjabeur, Samir, Bowyer, Jordan and Jewell, Eifion (2023) A multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) methodology for high temperature thermochemical storage material selection using graph theory and matrix approach. Materials & Design, 227, p. 111685. ISSN (print) 0264-1275

Hosouli, Sahand, Gomes, João, Loris, Alexander, Pazmiño, Ivan-Acosta, Naidoo, Adeel, Lennermo, Gunnar and Mohammadi, Hadi (2023) Evaluation of a solar photovoltaic thermal (PVT) system in a dairy farm in Germany. Solar Energy Advances, 3, p. 100035. ISSN (online) 2667-1131

Pierucci, Giacomo, Hosouli, Sahand, Salvestroni, Michele, Messeri, Matteo, Fagioli, Federico and De Lucia, Maurizio (2021) Indoor thermal loss test on small-size solar receiver (UF-RT01) for process heat application. Solar Energy Advances, 1, p. 100010. ISSN (online) 2667-1131

Pierucci, Giacomo, Hosouli, Sahand, Salvestroni, Michele, Messeri, Matteo, Fagioli, Federico, Taddei, Francesco and De Lucia, Maurizio (2018) Experimental methodology and thermal loss tests on small size absorber tubes for solar applications. Energies, 11(10), p. 2552. ISSN (online) 1996-1073

Imanian Ghazanlou, Siavash, Farhood, Amir Hassan Shafie, Hosouli, Sahand, Ahmadiyeh, Somayeh and Rasooli, Ali (2018) Pulse and direct electrodeposition of Ni–Co/micro and nanosized SiO2 particles. Materials and Manufacturing Processes, 33(10), pp. 1067-1079. ISSN (print) 1042-6914

Ghazanlou, Siavash Imanian, Farhood, A. H. S., Hosouli, Sahand, Ahmadiyeh, Somayeh and Rasooli, Ali (2017) Pulse frequency and duty cycle effects on the electrodeposited Ni–Co reinforced with micro and nano-sized ZnO. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 28(20), pp. 15537-15551. ISSN (print) 0957-4522

Conference or Workshop Item

Furbo, Simon, Perers, Bengt, Dragsted, Janne, Gomes, João, Gomes, Mário, Coelho, Paulo, Yıldızhan, Hasan, Halil Yilmaz, İbrahim, Aksay, Bilge, Bozkurt, Alper, Cabral, Diogo, Hosouli, Sahand, Hayati, Abolfazl, Kaziukonytė, Jovita, Sapeliauskas, Evaldas, Kaliasas, Remigijus, and (2021) Best practices for PVT technology. In: SWC 2021: ISES Solar World Congress; 25-29 Oct 2021, Held online.

Hosouli, Sahand, Cabral, Diogo, Gomes, João, Kosmadakis, George, Mathioulakis, Emmanouil, Mohammadi, Hadi, Loris, Alexander and Naidoo, Adeel (2021) Performance assessment of concentrated photovoltaic thermal (CPVT) solar collector at different locations. In: SWC 2021: ISES Solar World Congress; 25-29 Oct 2021, Held online.

Loris, Alexander, Hosouli, Sahand, Lennermo, Gunnar, Kulkarni, Manali, Poursanidis, Yannis and Gomes, João (2021) Evaluation of the use of Concentrated Solar Photovoltaic Thermal Collectors (CPVT) in a dairy and swine farm in Europe. In: SWC 2021: ISES Solar World Congress; 25-29 Oct 2021, Held online.

Pierucci, G., Hosouli, Sahand, Messeri, M., Salvestroni, M., Fagioli, F., Taddei, F., Pourreza, A., Rashidi, H. and De Lucia, M. (2018) Realization of a test rig for small solar collectors and preliminary test. In: SolarPACES 2018 : International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems; 02–05 Oct 2018, Casablanca, Morocco.

Salvestroni, M., Pierucci, G., Fagioli, F., Pourreza, A., Messeri, M., Taddei, F., Hosouli, S., Rashidi, H. and Lucia, M. De (2018) Design of a small size PTC : computational model for the receiver tube and validation with heat loss test. In: 9th Edition of the International SOLARIS Conference (SOLARIS2018); 30–31 Aug 2018, Chengdu, China. (no. 1) ISSN (print) 1757-8981

Salvestroni, M., Pierucci, G., Fagioli, F., Pourreza, A., Messeri, M., Taddei, F., Hosouli, S., Rashidi, H. and Lucia, M. De (2018) Design of a seasonal storage for a solar district heating in Florence. In: 9th Edition of the International SOLARIS Conference (SOLARIS2018); 30–31 Aug 2018, Chengdu, China. (IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, no. 556) ISSN (print) 1757-8981

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Qualifications and expertise

  • Expert Member, International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 67

Leadership and management

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