Zuansi Cai

Zuansi Cai

Dr Zuansi Cai

Lecturer

Biography

Zuansi Cai is an Environmental Modeller with over ten years’ research experience. He joined Edinburgh Napier University as a lecturer, after working as a Research Associate/Fellow for three multi-million pound RCUK and EU research projects at University of Sheffield and Queens’ University Belfast. His research interests include Energy Storage and Water Resources & Climate Change. Currently, Zuansi is collaborating research in Renewable Energy and Intelligent Energy Systems. His earlier research experience included solid waste technology, soil and groundwater remediation, flow and transport modelling as well as uncertainty quantification, Groundwater Risk Assessment of Fracking for Shale gas.
Zuansi has recently developed a new numerical simulator for large-scale hydrogen and gas-mixture storage in subsurface. The simulator (GPSFLOW) is capable of simulating non-isothermal, multi-phase and multi-component flow in subsurface storage reservoir. He is a member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College in energy storage.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • China Plan "111" (2017-2021): 8m CNY International Cooperation on Advanced Geodesy and Solid Earth Dynamics Innovation Centre at Wuhan University funded by Ministry of Education of China (PI: Prof. Jiancheng Li, Vice President of Wuhan University). The successful grant bid supports me to conduct collaborative research in large-scale water resource change within the Centre .

 

Conference Activity

  • Geo-Energy Workshop-Developing research network in Geothermal energy, underground space utilisation, sub-surface energy storage and unconventional gas exploitation, with speakers from several UK research institutes (e.g., University of Edinburgh & British Geological Survey), China (e.g., Chinese Academy of Geological Science and China University of Geo-sciences) and USA (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab). Research workshop was successful to build research network for future research collaboration in co-authoring research papers and developing research grant bids. Organised by Zuansi Cai
  • Member of Scientific Committee for the International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Green Technology 2018

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner for a MSc Thesis at Durham University titled: Diffusion Equilibrium Times for Langmuir Isotherm Adsorption in Shale and Coalbed Methane Systems

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of The Geological Society

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Invited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as a Panel Member to assess research proposals for the NERC Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor Catalyst Grant (UPGro)

 

Grant Reviewer

  • EPSRC Associate College Membership
  • Reviewer for Leverhulme Trust Grant Application 2017

 

Invited Speaker

  • Using Geodetic Measurement to Investigate large-scale Water Movement. An invited talk to lecture series at the Innovation Centre of Advanced Geodesy and Solid Earth Dynamics , Wuhan University, China
  • Is China Fifth Largest Inland to Dry-up? an Invited Talk at The Geological Society of London meeting—Rain, Rivers and Reservoirs, Edinburgh
  • Risk Assessment of Bowland Shale fracking on overlying Aquifers- An invited talk to The International Associate Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Dublin

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of American Geophysical Union

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • "Can we store renewable energy for an entire city" has been recently published in The Red Triangle 2019-2020. The article showcases my on-going research in energy storage to ENU alumni and public.

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast

 

Date


29 results

Analysis of the Polypropylene-Based Aluminium-Air Battery

Journal Article
Tan, W. C., Saw, L. H., Yew, M. C., Sun, D., Cai, Z., Chong, W. T., & Kuo, P. (2021)
Analysis of the Polypropylene-Based Aluminium-Air Battery. Frontiers in Energy Research, 9, https://doi.org/10.3389/fenrg.2021.599846
Global energy demand is rising due to the rapid development and adoption of new technologies in every sector. Hence, there is a need to introduce a clean energy source that do...

The promise and challenges of utility-scale compressed air energy storage in aquifers

Journal Article
Guo, C., Li, C., Zhang, K., Cai, Z., Ma, T., Maggi, F., …Shen, L. (2021)
The promise and challenges of utility-scale compressed air energy storage in aquifers. Applied Energy, 286, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116513
Widely distributed aquifers have been proposed as effective storage reservoirs for compressed air energy storage (CAES). This aims to overcome the limitations of geological co...

Modelling a field-scale compressed air energy storage in porous rock reservoirs

Conference Proceeding
Yang, L., Guo, C., Li, C., He, Q., Zhang, K., & Cai, Z. (2020)
Modelling a field-scale compressed air energy storage in porous rock reservoirs. In Volume 4: Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Applied Energy, Part 3, Sweden, 2019
Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) is one of the promising methods to store the surplus solar and wind energy in a grid scale . In this study, we used a non...

Estimation of component contributions to total terrestrial water storage change in the Yangtze River basin

Journal Article
Chao, N., Jin, T., Cai, Z., Chen, G., Liu, X., & Wang, Z. (2021)
Estimation of component contributions to total terrestrial water storage change in the Yangtze River basin. Journal of Hydrology, 595, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125661
Terrestrial water storage (TWS) is a key variable in global and regional hydrological cycles. In this study, the TWS changes in the Yangtze River Basin (YRB) were derived usin...

Numerical investigation of cycle performance in compressed air energy storage in aquifers

Journal Article
Yang, L., Cai, Z., Li, C., He, Q., Ma, Y., & Guo, C. (2020)
Numerical investigation of cycle performance in compressed air energy storage in aquifers. Applied energy, 269, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.115044
Compressed air energy storage (CAES) is one of the promising technologies to store the renewable energies such as surplus solar and wind energy in a grid scale. Due to the wid...

Response of soil bacterial community composition and its associated geochemical parameters to rapid short-term cyclic groundwater-level oscillations: soil column experiments

Journal Article
Xia, X., Cheng, L., Zhu, Y., Liu, Y., Wang, K., Ding, A., …Zuo, L. (2020)
Response of soil bacterial community composition and its associated geochemical parameters to rapid short-term cyclic groundwater-level oscillations: soil column experiments. Vadose Zone Journal, 19(1), https://doi.org/10.1002/vzj2.20011
Groundwater-level oscillations change geochemical conditions, carbon cycling processes and bacterial community composition, and these changes may vary vertically with depth in...

A process for deriving high quality cellulose nanofibrils from Water hyacinth invasive species

Journal Article
Sun, D., Onyianta, A. J., O’Rourke, D., Perrin, G., Popescu, C., Saw, L. H., …Dorris, M. (2020)
A process for deriving high quality cellulose nanofibrils from Water hyacinth invasive species. Cellulose, 27, 3727-3740. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10570-020-03038-4
In this study, surface chemistry, the morphological properties, water retention values, linear viscoelastic properties, crystallinity index, tensile strength and thermal prope...

The application of the yield approach to study slurry migration in drill cuttings waste underground disposal

Journal Article
Guo, C., Wang, X., Li, C., Zhang, K., & Cai, Z. (2020)
The application of the yield approach to study slurry migration in drill cuttings waste underground disposal. Journal of Cleaner Production, 254, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.120144
The underground disposal of drill cuttings waste is a common practice for the gas/oil industry to achieve zero-discharge sustainable development. In this study, a numerical mo...

Finding Fair Negotiation Algorithms to Reduce Peak Electricity Consumption in Micro Grids

Conference Proceeding
Powers, S. T., Meanwell, O., & Cai, Z. (2019)
Finding Fair Negotiation Algorithms to Reduce Peak Electricity Consumption in Micro Grids. In PAAMS 2019: Advances in Practical Applications of Survivable Agents and Multi-Agent Systems: The PAAMS Collection, 269-272. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24209-1_28
Reducing peak electricity consumption is important to maximise use of renewable energy sources, and reduce the total amount of capacity required on a grid. Most approaches use...

Assessing the capacity of biochar to stabilize copper and lead in contaminated sediments using chemical and extraction methods

Journal Article
Wang, M., Ren, L., Wang, D., Zuansi, C., Xia, X., & Ding, A. (2019)
Assessing the capacity of biochar to stabilize copper and lead in contaminated sediments using chemical and extraction methods. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 79, 91-99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jes.2018.11.007
Because of its high adsorption capacity, biochar has been used to stabilize heavy metals when remediating contaminated soils; to date, however, it has seldom been used to reme...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • REMEDIATE: a €3.7m EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN (2015-2018) €1.1m awarded to Queen’s University Belfast, Co-I)

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Geo-chemical modelling of compressed air energy storage in aquifers-PhD research supervision of a visiting student from Jinan University (Guangzhou), China
  • Numerical investigation of cycle performance of compressed air energy storage-PhD research supervision of a visiting student from China University of Geosciences in Beijing, China
  • Modeling of Shale gas migration from fracking-PhD research supervision of a visiting student from Tongji University in China