Dr Franjo Cecelja

Research Interests

  1. Systems engineering approach to modelling and optimization of energy generation, distribution and consumption:
  • Modelling and integration: systems engineering approach to modelling and integration of renewable and low-carbon energy systems with focus on biofuel production (biorefining) and distribution with particular focus on sustainability;
  • Energy management system: optimising industrial and domestic consumption for sustainability – economic, environmental and social perspective;
  • Energy from waste: analysis and design of dynamic supply chains and industrial symbiosis with focus on energy generation from agricultural and forestry residues and industrial and municipal waste.
  1. Systems Engineering Approach to Optimising Operation in Process and Water Processing Industries:
  • Complex process systems: optimisation of operation of complex industrial systems operating under market influences;
  • Optimisation of innovative water processing technologies for economies and environmental effects including modified forward osmosis;
  • Knowledge modelling: decision making system based on stochastic optimisation and knowledge modelling (ontologies) to support supply chain integration and operation.
  1. Sensory and Measurement Systems:
  • Non-perturbing and fast response optical sensors for field (electric and magnetic), pressure, flow, temperature and chemical composition measurement;

Fibre-optic sensors for industrial applications

Funded Research Projects

1.       QRNF, F. Cecelja (PI), Low Cost  Forward Osmosis Desalination: Application in Agricultural Irrigation - awarded, $280k, (2016)

2.     EPSRC-KTA, F. Cecelja (PI), M. Bussmaker, Value Chain Analysis Platform for Bio-Refining Processes – submitted, £48k ( September, 2015)

3.       FP7 (Marie Curie LTN), F. Cecelja (PI), J. Sandhukan, Renewable Energy Systems Engineering, £425k, (2013 – 2017)

4.       EPSRC-KTA, F. Cecelja (PI), A. Yang, Integrated decision making tool for production of sugars and lignin from cellulosic biomass – use case for Scotland and Norway, £48k (2013 – 2014)

5.       FP7 (Life+), F. Cecelja (PI), A. Yang, Development of knowledge-based web services to promote and advance Industrial Symbiosis in Europe, £235k, (2010 – 2014)

6.       Industrial, F. Cecelja (PI), T. Raafat, Use of Semantic Web technologies for structuring the information content of a Tourism Portal, £22k, (2012 – 2013)

7.       EPSRC-KTA, A. Hosseini (PI), F Cecelja, Development of knowledge based optimization and data acquisition techniques in process industry, £65k, (2011-2012)

8.       Short KTP, F. Cecelja (PI), Mobile semantic web platform £46k, (2011-2012)

9.       Industrial (international KTP), F. Cecelja (PI), Semantic web enabled platform to support industrial symbiosis operation, £35k, (2008-2011)

10.   Industrial (KTP), F. Cecelja (PI), Embedding Semantic Web technologies in a software developing SME, £115k, (2008-2011)

11.   Industrial (KTP), F. Cecelja (PI), P. Broomhead, Design of a Data Exchange Management System, £135k, (2004 – 2007)

12.   Industrial (KTP), A. McConnell (PI), F. Cecelja, Design of a Respiratory Muscle Diagnostic and Training System, £245k, (2004-2007)

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RENESENG Project

With Europe’s Renewable Energy Directive stating that biofuels must account for 10% of energy production by 2020, identifying the most viable methods of biofuel production has become a necessity rather than an option for European governments.

University of Surrey will be at the forefront of research into achieving this objective, having secured a £442,000 RENESENG (Renewable Systems Engineering Grant) for a four-year project to create a structure for assessing biofuel production and setting up European PhD training facilities.

The grant is part of an overall project grant of £4.2m, awarded as an FP7 Marie Curie project ITN (Initial Training Network) to a European consortium of major universities and biofuel companies. Along with Surrey, the consortium includes the National Technical University of Athens, Imperial College, École Polytéchnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the Technical University of Denmark, along with ten bio-refining companies including Arkema (France), BPF (Netherlands) and CIMV (France).

The overall aim of the project is to develop synthesis tools, capabilities and a training network for renewable energy, with a focus on bio-refining. Surrey has been tasked with developing a comprehensive and flexible modelling tool to assess feedstock, integrating and improving existing tools. The model will take both a cross-functional approach – assessing feedstock across different criteria such as availability, quality and properties – and an LCA (lifecycle assessment) approach by considering the environmental impact of all aspects of the supply chain. In addition, Surrey will set up a pan-European PhD multi-centre. The project will be led by Primary Investigator Dr Franjo Cecelja, to which he states:

With biofuel production currently requiring government subsidy, and conflict with food production causing further issues, it is imperative for governments and industry to have access to a reliable knowledge-base, tools and training. Already a centre of excellence for renewable energy, Surrey is proud to be part of this project. We see great potential for further research, while the introduction of the multi-centre will be of enormous benefit to the University.”

Low Cost Forward Osmosis Desalination; application in agricultural irrigation

This proposed project aims to implement a pilot study based on the recent achievements for a modified Forward Osmosis (FO) desalination process using a liquefied gas draw solution (DS) with thermal-depression regeneration. The pilot plant will verify the laboratory results such as energy, water and chemical consumption, developed at the level of fully functional model for seawater desalination at the Centre for Osmosis Research and Application (CORA). The results of laboratory studies will be used to choose the material, capacity and specification of equipment that will be used in the industrial plant. The pilot study project will investigate the operating parameters to provide scale-up data for larger pilot plant study and future industrial operations. The pilot plant will address the feasibility of scaling up the modified FO process for use in industrial-scale desalination plant, commercial feasibility in terms of associated cost, quality of clean water, feed recovery, energy supply, operating conditions and related risk of pollution and materials of construction

Academic professional service

  • Member, Institute of Chemical Engineering (IChemE), UK (2006)
  • CAST 10E Information Management and Intelligent Systems, AIChE section chair (2010-12)
  • Co-Editor for IEEE Transaction on Instrumentation and Measurements: Magnetic Materials & Measurement (2002-2005);
  • Member of editorial board and/or technical committee for high impact factor international journals of: 1) IMEKO - Journal for Measurement, 2) Journal of Applied Energy, 3) Journal of Cleaner Production, 4) European Journal of Operational Research, 5) Journal of Computers and Chemical Engineering, 6) Journal of Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 7) Energy and Fuels, 8) Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 9) Journal of   Waste and Biomass Valorisation, 10) Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research.
    • Member of editorial board and/or technical committee for international conferences: 1) WCE conference - Manufacturing & Information Systems, 2) IEEE International Instrumentation & Measurement technology Conference – I2MTC, 3) American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting.
  • Review committee: EPSRC UK, FP7 EU, RC Slovenia

Academic and administration service

·         Energy Steering Committee, member, University of Surrey

·         Coordinator of Process and Information Systems Engineering Research Centre (PRISE)

·         Programme Director of 2 PG (MSc) Programmes (Renewable Energy Systems Engineering,  Process and Information Systems Engineering),

·         Admission tutor for 5 PG (MSc) programmes

·         PG Board of Study and Board of Examiners Chair

·         PG Recruitment and Admission Committee, member, University of Surrey

Contact Me

E-mail:
Phone: 01483 68 6585

Find me on campus
Room: 24 BC 02

Publications

The most recent journal papers

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  1. N. Trokanas, F. Cecelja, and T. Raafat, Semantic Approach for Pre-assessment of Environmental Indicators in Industrial Symbiosis, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 96, no. 1, pp. 349-361, 01/06/2015, 2015. (10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.12.046) 
  2. M. Bussemaker, N. Trokanas, and F. Cecelja, An Ontological Approach to Chemical Engineering Curriculum Development, Computer-Aided Chemical Engineering, vol. 38, pp. 2331-2336, 2016. 
  3. T. C. Fubara, A. Yang, and F. Cecelja, TECHNO-ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT OF NATURAL GAS DISPLACEMENT POTENTIAL OF BIO-METHANE  – CASE STUDY OF THE UK DOMESTIC ENERGY SUPPLY, Applied Energy, vol. Submitted to, 2016. 
  4. A. Kokosis, C. Labrador-Darder, and F. Cecelja, Semantically Enabled Process Synthesis and Optimisation, Computers & Chemical Engineering, vol. 93, pp. 64-86, 2016. (doi:10.1016/j.compchemeng.2016.05.018) 
  5. L. Koo, N. Trokanas, H. Tokos et al., A Holistic Approach to Model Discovery Using A Domain Ontology, Computer-Aided Chemical Engineering, vol. 38, pp. 733-738, 2016
  6. N. Trokanas, M. Bussemaker, and F. Cecelja, Utilising Semantics for Improved Decision Making in Bio-refinery Value Chains, Computer-Aided Chemical Engineering, vol. 38, pp. 2097-2102, 2016
  7. N. Trokanas, and F. Cecelja, Ontology Evaluation for Reuse in the Domain of Process Systems Engineering, Computers & Chemical Engineering, vol. 85, pp. 177-187, 2016. (doi:10.1016/j.compchemeng.2015.12.003)
  8. A. Wu, D. Lovett, M. McEwan et al., A spreadsheet calculator for estimating biogas production and economic measures for UK-based farm-fed anaerobic digesters, Bioresource Technology, vol. 220, pp. 479-489, 2016. (10.1016/j.biortech.2016.08.103) 
  9. M. Bussemaker, N. Trokanas, and F. Cecelja, An Ontological Approach to Chemical Engineering Curriculum Development, Computers and Chemical Engineering, vol. online, 2017. (10.1016/j.compchemeng.2017.02.021)
  10. L. Koo, N. Trokanas, and F. Cecelja, A semantic framework for enabling model integration for biorefining, Computers & Chemical Engineering, vol. online, 2017. (10.1016/j.compchemeng.2017.02.004)

The most recent conference publications

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  1. F. Cecelja, and N. Trokanas, Optimising Environmental Impact of Industrial Symbiosis Networks, in 10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, SDEWES 2015, submitted to, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2015. 

  2. L. Koo, and F. Cecelja, Model Integration Using Ontology Input-Output Matching, in 12th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering - ESCAPE25, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015. 
  3. L. Koo, N. Trokanas, and F. Cecelja, Semantic approach to support process model integration, in 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UA, USA, 2015
  4. N. Trokanas, M. Bussemaker, K. Day et al., VCAP: A Software Platform for the Assessment of Biorefinery Value Chains, in 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UA, USA, 2015
  5. N. Trokanas, M. Bussemaker, E. Velliou et al., BiOnto: An Ontology for Biomass and Biorefining Technologies, in 12th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering - ESCAPE25, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015
  6. N. Trokanas, and F. Cecelja, Towards a Methodology for Reusable Ontology Engineering: Application to the Process Engineering Domain, in 12th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering - ESCAPE25, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015
  7. M. Bussemaker, N. Trokanas, and F. Cecelja, An Ontological Approach to Chemical Engineering Curriculum Development, in 26th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering - ESCAPE26, Portoroz, Slovenia, 2016
  8. L. Koo, and F. Cecelja, Model Integration Framework Using Semantic Approach for Biorefining, in SDEWES 2016: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGY, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
  9. L. Koo, N. Trokanas, and F. Cecelja, A Holistic Approach to Model Integration by Using a Domain Ontology, in 26th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering - ESCAPE26, Portoroz, Slovenia, 2016]
  10. L. Koo, N. Trokanas, and F. Cecelja, An Ontology Supported Integration Framework for Models and Data in Biorefining, in AIChE 2016 annual meeting, San Francisco, USA, 2016
  11. N. Trokanas, M. Bussemaker, and F. Cecelja, Utilising Semantics for Improved Decision Making in Bio-refinery Value Chains, in 26th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering - ESCAPE26, Portoroz, Slovenia, 2016.

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