Downing PYE John
Visit duration time (from – to): 01 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
Affiliation: Australian National University
Host Department: DENERG - Department of Energy
Coordinator at Polito: ROBERTO ZANINO
Dr Pye is a Senior Lecturer at the Aus tralian Nationa l University,where he has worked since 2006. He has dual BE/BSe bachelor's degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Hons Hl) and Science from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) f rom the University of New South Wales. His research fields are thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and energy system modelling,and he applies his work broadly to problems in CSP including the design and testing of CSP receivers,thermal energy storage, solar fuels,and decarbonisation of industriai processes. Dr Pye was a member of the ANU team that designed,built and tested the first 500m2 dish optical concentrator,achieving over 14 MW/m2 of solar concentration. He aIso led a project to design a receiver for thàt dish, and achieved a world-record 97.1%±2.1% solar-to-steam conversio n efficiency. He has published 83+ papers in journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, has filed three patents and acted as the Principallnvestiga tor for projects totalling nearly 3M AUD. He currently supervises 8 PhD students and supervises or cosupervises 3 postdocs . He currently teaches masters-level Industriai Energy Efficiency and Decarbonisation, and has previously taught thermodynamics , heat transfer and fluid mechanics.