Mike has vast experience in the energy sector working in heavy industry, cutting-edge innovation and education. He has been a research fellow at ANU delivering innovations and teaching students and has become an authority in the industry, consulting to government and the private sector.
Mike’s areas of expertise include systems engineering, solar thermal technology development, heat transfer, fluid engineering, thermodynamics, modelling of thermal systems, thermal energy storage, concentrating solar thermal systems, energy efficiency of industrial processes, system integration and plant wide data integration, as well as control systems and development of bespoke electronic controllers.
2016: Joined EnergyAE as a Principal Consultant.
2008-2016: Senior Research Fellow, Level B/C, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, The Australian National University
2005-08: Lecturer, Level B, Engineering Department, The Australian National University
2004-05: Lecturer, Level A, Engineering Department, The Australian National University
1999-04: Postgraduate student, Engineering Department, The Australian National University
1997-99: Information Systems Marketing Manager, Yokogawa Australia, Sydney
1995-97: Support Manager, OSI Software Ltd, Sydney
1993-95: Lecturer, Taranaki Polytechnic
1991-95: Control Systems Engineer, Methanex NZ Ltd
1989-90: Mechanical Engineer, Petralgas Chemicals, Taranaki, NZ
✓ Systems engineering
✓ Solar thermal technology development
✓ Heat transfer, fluid engineering, thermodynamics
✓ Modelling of thermal systems
✓ Thermal energy storage
✓ Concentrating solar thermal systems
✓ Energy efficiency of industrial processes
✓ System integration and plant wide data integration
✓ Control systems including DCS, PLC and VSD programming
✓ Development of bespoke electronic controllers
✓ Project management
Doctor of Philosophy, The Australian National University (2004)
Diploma in Water Heating Technologies, Denmark Technical University (2003)
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1 st Class Hons), Auckland University (1991)
Bachelor of Science, Auckland University (1989)
Wang X., Dennis M., An experimental study on the formation behavior of single and binary hydrates of TBAB, TBAF and TBPB for cold storage air conditioning applications, Chemical Engineering Science, 137 (2015), pp 938-946.
Wang X., Dennis M., Influencing factors on the energy saving performance of battery storage and phase change cold storage in a PV cooling system, Energy and Buildings, 107 (2015), pp 84–92.
Dennis M., Cochrane T., Marina A., A prescription for primary nozzle diameters for solar driven ejectors, Solar Energy, 115 (2015), pp 405-412.
Wang X., Dennis M., Hou L., Clathrate hydrate technology for cold storage in air conditioning systems, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 36 (2014), pp 34–51.
Dennis M., Garzoli K., Use of variable geometry ejector with cold store to achieve high solar fraction for solar cooling, International Journal of Refrigeration, 34 (2011) pp 1626-1632.
Egan, A.M., Air tightness of Australian offices buildings: reality versus typical assumptions used in energy performance simulation, Ecolibrium, 11(2), 28–37, 2012.
Dennis M., Kohlenbach P., Refrigeracion por energia solar en Australia: El futuro del aire acondicionado?, Frio-Calor- Aire Acondicionado, Temática 2011[#11AA-03]
Egan, A.M., Occupancy of Australian o!ce buildings: how accurate are typical assumptions used in energy performance simulation and what is the impact of inaccuracy, ASHRAE Transactions, 118(1), 217 – 224.
Dennis M., Kohlenbach P., Solar Cooling in Australia: The future of air-conditioning? Ecolibrium, Journal of the Australian Institute for Refrigeration Air conditioning and Heating, December 2010 issue.
Dennis M., Pillai G., Cool Comfort from the Sun, Green Energy, Vol. 5 No. 2, 2009, World Institute of Solar Energy, Pure, India
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Member and state representative, the Australian Institute for Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating (AIRAH)
Member of the Australian Solar Energy Society (ASES)
Member and Workgroup Leader, the Australian Solar Cooling Interest Group (AuSCIG)
AIRAH Ahern Award for best technical publication in the HVAC sector
Eckermann-TJA Prize, Broadband Environmental Sustainability Challenge
Winner (2008 and 2007)
Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Dean’s Award (2007)
Australian Institute of Energy Postgraduate Student Energy Awards
Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) Postgraduate Conference
Best Presentation (2011)