Zuansi Cai

Zuansi Cai

Dr Zuansi Cai



Zuansi Cai is an Environmental Modeller and a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College in energy storage. He is a recipient of The Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship 2021/22. Zuansi 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 developing 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's research is funded by The Royal Academy of Engineering, ETP, Horizon 2020, industries, etc. He 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 for Hydrogen and compressed air storage.


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Expert witness: China Plan "111" (2017-2021): 8m CNY International Cooperation


Conference Organising Activity

  • Conference Chair: Geo-Energy Workshop, Edinburgh Napier University, May 2019
  • Member of Scientific Committee: the International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Green Technology , Malaysia, 2018


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examining: MSc Thesis, Durham University, 2009


Fellowships and Awards

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


Grant Funding Panel Member

  • The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Panel Member: UPGro, 2013


Grant Reviewer

  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review College
  • EPSRC Associate College Membership
  • Reviewer for Leverhulme Trust Grant Application 2017


Invited Speaker

  • Seminar speaker: Geo-energy at Edinburgh University, Kings Buildings- Edinburgh, Feb 2022
  • Seminar Speaker: Wuhan University, Wuhan: China, 2018
  • Conference talk: The Geological Society of London meeting—Rain, Rivers and Reservoirs, Edinburgh, Sept. 2016
  • Seminar speaker: The International Associate Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Dublin, 2014


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


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

  • Binbo Xu, Jinan University -Edinburgh Napier University, Guangzhou & Edinburgh, ongoing, 2019-now
  • Lichao Yang, University of Geosciences & Edinburgh Napier University, Beijing & Edinburgh, completed, 2019-2020
  • Chaobin Guo, Tongji University & Edinburgh Napier University, Shanghai and Edinburgh, completed, 2017