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Jem Irving

Water Supply Network Integrated Energy Recovery to Replace Energy Wasting Pressure Regulation Valves for Improving Operational Efficiency and Reducing Operational Carbon Emissions

Project Dates: 1 October 2023 - 30 September 2027

Jem Irving is a Hydro Nation Scholar and PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, supervised by Cameron Johnstone and Stephanie Ordonez. His PhD is focused on engineering an integrated energy recovery system for the Scottish Water Network, to replace energy-wasting pressure reduction valves. Jem is interested in the use of hydrokinetic turbines to help reduce operational carbon emissions for the water network, as well as increasing operational efficiencies.  During his PhD, Jem will be working closely with the Scottish Water Horizons team to gain real industrial insight into water resource management, and first-hand experience operating under existing Scottish water policy.

Jem is from the North Highlands of Scotland and earned a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. His research experience involves the development of a numerical simulation model for the prediction of tidal turbine performance using Blade Element Momentum Theory, as well as the rotor blade design and performance analysis of a tidal turbine for lesser energetic flows.