Yousif Al-sagheer


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PhD projects

Fuel cells system design, integration, and control
Fuel cell hybrid electric propulsion systems
Energy management of Fuel cell-based CHP systems
Water electrolysers control and operation
Renewable energy balancing using fuel cells and electrolysers


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Yousif Al-Sagheer is a research fellow in the school of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. His main research interest is the integration and control of fuel cell systems. He received his PhD on balancing renewable energy fluctuation using hydrogen fuel cell and water electrolyser. He studied hardware induced events in such systems to improve the balance reliability under prediction uncertainty of power generation and demand models, and to provide recommendations for operational and design requirements. He has experience on developing model predictive controllers based on the feedback theory.

Currently, he is managing fuel cells systems research group at Birmingham Centre for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Research, where he is co-supervising Master and PhD students. Also, he is part of ATETA project to provide consultancy for SMEs in Great Birmingham and Solihull area in the UK.  

Yousif received his MSc and BSc in nuclear energy engineering at the University of Baghdad. He worked on lecturing undergraduate modules of heat transfer, advanced mathematics, and measurements & instrumentations. 

Research interests

Fuel cells systems design and integration for stationary applications, Renewable energy (RE) balancing using Hydrogen as an energy vector, Fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle (FCHEV) powertrain integration and control, Nonlinear and linearized model predictive control (MPC) Algorithm, FC power dispatching modes, PEM electrolyser flexible power controller, High-level RE balancing controller using real-time MPCFCHEV range extender, Optimal power split in FCHEV based on Sat-Nav data, Combined heat and power for fuel cell and electrolyser systems.

Research skills: Model predictive controllers design and prototyping. Monitoring and control systems development using LabVIEW. Data acquisition and signal processing. System identification. Time series analysis. MATLAB/Simulink Modelling. Multi-core modelling with hardware in the loop using LabVIEW. PID controllers design and implementation. Power electronics control (DC-DC buck and boost converters)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Fuel cells and hydrogen for balancing renewable energy fluctuations: a control-oriented approach

30 Sept 201328 Sept 2017

Award Date: 12 Jan 2018

Master of Engineering, Reliability Evaluation of a Nuclear Power Plant using Markovian Process, University of Baghdad

1 Oct 1994Jun 1997

Award Date: 4 Dec 1997

External positions

University of Baghdad

5 Dec 200710 May 2013


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