The MGA Thermal Storage Solutions team is based at the University of Newcastle, Australia, led by materials expert Professor Erich Kisi. Since the development and patenting of the technology, Erich and his co-inventors have put together a team of highly experienced scientists and engineers, who, with the aid of several PhD students, have been driving the technology from the realm of material science and theory to practical demonstrations of the technology’s worth through laboratory and pilot scale demonstrations.
Professor of Materials Science at the University of Newcastle, Erich has more than 30 years of experience in the study of internal material structures and crystallography. He has authored more than 140 scientific publications and has strongly contributed to more than $9M worth of research. You can find out more about Erich here.
Dr. Heber Sugo is a very experienced and resourceful materials scientist and engineer, with 30 years of experience in the field, his knowledge is invaluable. He has worked extensively with Prof. Kisi for many years, and was one of the original co-inventors of the technology.
Dr. Dylan Cuskelly is Mechanical/Materials Engineer specialising in material synthesis. Dylan is at home in the lab, identifying new systems tailored to specific practical engineering uses, and exploring the feasibility of the large range of systems already known. He is also one of the original co-inventors of the MGA technology.
Dr. Anthony Rawson is a Mechanical Engineer and expert computational analyst in the fields of materials science, material physics, and transfer phenomena. Anthony’s work allows us to prove our technology’s worth over a large range of engineering applications, both small and large scale, quickly and effectively. Computational analysis also allows simulation of very small scale effects, which are expensive and difficult to observe experimentally. Anthony also has experience in turbine design, and the thermodynamics and transport phenomena critical for the design and understanding of steam and gas turbines.
Mr. Alex Post is a mechanical engineering PhD student focusing on solar power system analysis and thermionic emission power generation. He is particularly interested in how the two can be combined, with the assistance of Miscibility Gap Alloy technology, to produce clean, renewable energy directly from the sun’s heat, without need for additional steam generation. Alex also has many years of experience in the fields of computational analysis, which is of great use to the project.
Mr. James Bradley is a professional mechanical engineer and PhD student also working on ways to extract work from heat that can be captured by the sun. James is focusing on more traditional steam generation methods, and has designed and built a novel turbine specifically with miscibility gap alloy thermal storage in mind.
Mr. Mark Copus is a mechanical engineering PhD student working on the scale-up of the technology, from lab to commercial scale. His work involves a large range of scale-up problems, including ideal modular system size, manufacture techniques (with automated large scale manufacture in mind), and practical implementation of MGA blocks into a thermal storage system. Mark is also interested in the practicalities of steam generation using miscibility gap alloys.
Mr. Sam Reed is a mechanical engineering PhD student working in close conjunction with Dr. Cuskelly and Mr. Copus, working in the areas of identifying and creating new systems and then scaling of new systems to a laboratory/pilot demonstration scale.
Mr. Ben Fraser is a mechanical engineering PhD student working closely with Dr. Rawson and Mr. Post in the field of computational analysis. Ben is applying his skills in the field to explore charge and discharge characteristics, and other problems requiring macroscopic computational analysis of the technology. Ben is also tasked with aiding in the various pilot and demonstration projects that other team members are executing.