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Daya Pandey










Daya Pandey

Department: Chemical and Environmental Sciences
Address: University of Limerick
Qualifications: BTech (Mechanical), MTech (Energy)
Email: daya.pandey@ul.ie
Supervisior: Witold Kwapinski
Co-Supervisior: J.J. Leahy

Daya is from Mechanical engineering background and completed Masters of Technology in Energy engineering with honours from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India. During his postgraduate study in IIT Delhi, he worked on thermodynamic simulation of back-firing phenomenon in hydrogen fuelled internal combustion engines. His research interest is of interdisciplinary nature. His specialisation areas include combustion, gasification, bioenergy and biofuels, thermodynamics and renewable energy. He is undertaking a PhD fellowship under an EU FP7 Marie-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), entitled ReUseWaste (Recovery and Use of Nutrients, Energy and Organic Matter from Animal Waste).

He worked as a senior engineer (Mechanical) in project execution department of Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Limited (A Petrochemical project) Assam, India. Prior to joining UL, he was associated with the University of Nottingham, UK and Martin-Luther-University, Halle (Salle) Germany as an assistant researcher.

Current Project


Unlike intermittent wind or solar, generating energy from gasification of wastes is reliable and sustainable. Gasification is a process where lignocellulosic feedstocks are partially combusted in the presence of a limited amount of gasifying agents (air, oxygen or steam); it produces clean combustible gases called synthesis gas (syngas). Syngas derived from gasification, can be used for the chemical and thermal applications. The flexible generation from biomass, as an expanding field provides enormous potential for sustainable development research. Gasification has emerged as an alternative to traditional combustion technology, offering distinct advantages such as higher energy efficiency, lower emissions of particulate matter, NOx and SOx. Particularly, gasification of poultry litter and municipal solid waste is not widespread and there have been very few cases of developing detailed models with subsequent validation using experimental results and empirical correlations. This project will fill this knowledge gap.

This project aims to identify the feasibility of successfully harnessing bioenergy recovery from the bio-wastes i.e. poultry litter and municipal solid waste while complying with recent EUs emission norms and legislation.

ISN Journal publications

 Pandey D.S., Pan I., Das S., Leahy J.J., Kwapinski W. (2015), Multi-gene genetic programming based predictive models for municipal solid waste gasification in a fluidized bed gasifier, Bioresource Technology, Volume 179, 524-533 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2014.12.048

International Conferences and Symposia:

  Pandey D.S., Leahy J.J., Kwapinski W., Oral: Simulation of municipal solid waste gasification processes using neural networks, Accepted, 15th Sardinia Symposium, Sardinia, Italy, 5-9 October, 2015.

  Pandey D.S., Kwapinska M., Leahy J.J., Kwapinski W., Poster: Gasification of poultry litter – Waste to energy, 6th GERG/IGRC2014 conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 17-19 September, 2014.

  Pandey D.S., Leahy J.J., Kwapinski W., Oral: Simulation of synthesis gas production from gasification process of poultry litter, 10th RRB Conference, Valladolid, Spain, 4-6 June, 2014.





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