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Souman Rudra



H4046 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 9, Grimstad )

Academic Degree:

  • Ph.D, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark  (2013)
  • MSc in Energy Engineering, Ajou University, South Korea (2010)
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, CUET, Bangladesh (2007)

Pedagogical competence:

  • Uniped, course in university pedagogics, University of Agder (2015-2016)
  • Qualifying course for doctoral supervision, University of Agder/University of Stavanger/University of Nord (2015-2016)
  • Basic course in pedagogy for university teachers, Aalborg University (2012)
  •  Boost your lecturing skills in English, University of Copenhagen (2012)


Experienced Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Mathematical Modeling, Analytical Skills, Aspen Plus, Power Plants, and Biofuels. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Energy Engineering from Aalborg Universitet.


Renewable Energy, Biomass Conversion, Thermal Energy, Energy System, Process Design and Simulation, HVAC, Fluid Mechanics.



During my teaching career, I taught the following courses:

Bachelor Courses:

·         Fluid flow and HVAC system, ENE 230. (2014- present) (https://www.uia.no/en/studieplaner/topic/ENE230-G)

·         Thermodynamic and Heating System, ENE 227(2014-2019)

·         Instrumentation ENE226( 2014-2017)

Masters courses:

·         Combined Heat and Power Systems: Design and System Analysis.(2019) (https://www.uia.no/studieplaner/topic/ENE415-G)

·         Design and optimization of combined heat and power systems. (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

·         Bioenergy ENE 420( 2020) (https://www.uia.no/studieplaner/topic/ENE420-G)

PhD courses:

·         Process modeling for thermochemical conversion of biofuels, ENE705 (2017, 2019)


  • 4th of August, 2022 - Present

 Professor in Bioenergy and Thernam Energy, Department of Engineering and Science, Renewable EnergyUniversity of Agder, Grimstad, Norway.

  • 15th August, 2013 - 3rd of August, 2022

Associate Professor, Department of Engineering and Science, Renewable EnergyUniversity of Agder, Grimstad, Norway.

  • 1st May, 2013-31st of July, 2013

Scientific Researcher, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.

  •  1st May, 2010-31st April, 2013

PhD Fellow, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.

  • January 2012- May, 2012

Visiting Researcher, Sustainable Energy Lab., Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta.Edmonton, Canada.                                      

  • 19th January 09 - 27th February 09, 

Global Intern, SK Energy (Korea's largest energy group) Seoul, Korea.                                                                                      

  • 4th March 08 - 28th April 10,

Research Assistant at Energy Process Lab., Ajou University, Suwon, Korea.

  • September 07 - January 08                                                           

Assistant Mechanical Engineer, C & A group, Chittagong, Bangladesh

  • 19th December, 06 to 10th February, 07,

Pacific jeans, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Faglige interesser


  • Desing and optimization of heat and power system, ENE 419 
  • Thermodynamic and Heating System, ENE 227
  • Fluid Mechanics and HVAC system, ENE 230





Jessica HoffmannSouman RudraSaqib S. ToorJens Bo Holm-NielsenLasse A. Rosendahl , Conceptual Design of an Integrated Hydrothermal Liquefaction and Biogas Plant for Sustainable Bioenergy Production, Bioresource Technology, 2012.



Souman Rudra ; LasseRosendahl, Morten B.Blarke; Proposal or abiomass basedQuadgeneration system for power, heat, cooling and SNG production.International journal of applied energy (submitted)


Souman Rudra, Lasse Rosendahl, Amit Kumar, Development of Net Energy Ratio forquad generationpathways, Proceeding or Alberta Graduate Conference, Edmonton, Canada, 2-5thofMay,2012.






Souman Rudra, ASM Sayem, SK Biswas, HT kim, Simulation Study on a Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) -Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) -Gas Turbine in IGCC Power Plant,   ASME 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Volume 2  /  Combined Energy Cycles, CHP and CCHP, and Heat Recovery Technologies , 2009.

Souman Rudra ;Rosendahl, Lasse ;Niels From, Optimization of a local district plant under fuel flexibility andperformance, Proceedings or ASME 2011 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, August 7-10, 2011, Washington, DC, USA.

Souman Rudra; Hoffmann,Jessica ; Rosendahl, Lasse , Planning of a Quadgeneration power plant for Jammerbugt energy system. Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Polygeneration.oath./ Alberto CoronasSalcedo.March,2011.


Souman RUDRA, L. ROSSENDHAL, Jinwook LEE, HT Kim, A performance analysis of integrated solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) for IGFC system. Frontiers of Energy and Power Engineering in China, Volume 4, Number 3 , 402-413, DOI: 10.1007 / s11708-010-0122-x.


SoumanRudra, HT Kim, A simulation study ofSolidOxide fuel cell for IGCC power generation using Aspen Plus , Journal of Energy and Climate Change , Vol. 5, No. 2, 2010, p. 24-35.


Souman Rudra, ChanLee, HT Kim, Simulation or IGFC Power Generation System with Various Parameters of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Heat Recovery Steam Generator,ICEPAG2010-3452, February 9-11, 2010, Costa Mesa, California, USA.

SMAshekuzzaman, SoumanRudra, Supplementary energy demand of rural households in Bangladesh through appropriate biogas technology, Proc.Of international conference on environmental aspects of Bangladesh, Japan, Sept.2110

Souman Rudra, L. Rosendahl, Abu Sadahat Sayem, Simulation of IGFC Power Generation System by Aspen Plus, Proceedings of the 13th Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics, 17-21 December 2010, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


SoumanRudra, H.T.Kim,SimulationStudie of clean coal technology focused on hybrid Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) in IGFC power plants.Paper no.159, SET 2009, Eurogress, Aachen, Germany, 31 Aug., Sep.2009. 

SoumanRudra, H.T.Kim.A study on a hybrid solid oxide fuel cell and heat recovery steam generator for power generation with CO2capture.Paper No.EO1 08, Page (128-135), Climate Change Conference, Seoul, Korea, 2009 (May).


SoumanRudra, H.T.Kim, H.Y. Wang, JW Lee,Thermodynamicand Exergy optimization of the operational parameters for the Heat Recovery Steam Generator in IGCC Power Plant.Paper No.253, IGEC-IV, Beijing, China.2008 (October)

Souman Rudra, HMShim, H.T.Kim.Exergetic analysis ofcoal firedthermal power plants based on steam parameters.Paper no.62, 4thBSME-ASME ICTE, Dhaka,Bangladegh.2008 (December)

Souman Rudra,ASMSayem, S.K.Biswas, J.P.Chakrabattry, TS.ShamsiHuqandHT Kim, Design of an Automatic fire alarm system for ME department.Paper no.103, 4thBSME-ASME ICTE, Dhaka,Bangladegh.2008 (December)



MAWazed, SoumanRudraandHT Kim, Renewable energy resources in Bangladesh: Micro Hydro, Paper no.O-SH-001, page-181, RE2008, Busan, Korea.2008 (October)



  • Use of CO2 as a Coolant for Microsystems (CO2-COM) Funding Organization: The Royal Society, UK, 2022 -2024, £12000

  • Collaborative Action for improving educational capacities in Renewable Energy to mitigate climate crisis (CARE), The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, 2022-2026, 7.924mil NOK
  •  Two-phase CO2 cooling system for the CMS Detector at CERN. - CERN, University of Bath, University of Agder, CERN, University of Bath, University of Agder, 2019-2024
  • CFD for energy effective building,NFR(Regional funding), 2015-2016, 500k NOK
  • Hydrothermal liquefaction, University of Agder, 2018-2021, 3.5 mil NOK
  • Process design for biomass to biofuel, ACL Engineering and NFR, 2015-2018, 3.5 mil NOK.

PhD Projects:

1.       Predictive maintenance of technical equipment and subsystems in biomass power plants. (started in October 2021- Main Supervisor)

2.       Design and optimization of hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) reactor for bio-oil production. University funded project. ( Started on February 2018- PhD Defence on 3rd May, 2022 -Main Supervisor)

3.       HTL of Algae Biomass for Biocrude Production. An industrial project with ACL Engineering and Norwegian Research council. (Started on April 2014)


Master Projects: 

1. Yohannes Kifle Tesfagaber, Future district heating plant integrated with biomass gasification (ongoing from August 2017)

2.  Kjartan Konradsen, Efficient technic to recover of surplus heat in process industry. (ongoing from August 2017)

3. Endree Daneilsen, Improved ventilation system of production facilities at BENTELER. (ongoing from August 2017)

4. John-Are Sørlie, Energy calculation for the process in the factory. (ongoing from August 2017).

5. Bjørn haakon haugstad, Fuel Characterization and Process Analysis of Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae. (Spring 2017, 30 ECTS)

6. Ida Flatval Uleberg, Design and Fabrication of Solar Water Distillation System for Developing Countries (Spring 2017, 30 ECTS)

7. Rukshan Madhawa Jayathilake, CFD modeling of a Laboratory scale fixed bed Downdraft gasifier. (Spring 2016, 30 ECTS)


For details: 


Quote: 'If you have both motivation and dedication, it's relatively easy to achieve your goals.'

Vitenskapelige publikasjoner

  • Nielsen, Henrik Kofoed; Vehus, Tore; Rudra, Souman; Kristiansen, Nils Randulf (2022). Chapter 9 - Biomass production, storage, and pretreatment for the production of solid biofuels. Biofuels and Biorefining Volume 1: Current Technologies for Biomass Conversion. ISBN: 9780128241165. Elsevier. s 339 - 380.
  • Jayathilake, Madhawa; Rudra, Souman; Akhtar, Naureen; Christy, Alfred Antony (2021). Characterization and Evaluation of Hydrothermal Liquefaction Char from Alkali Lignin in Subcritical Temperatures. Materials. ISSN: 1996-1944. 14 (11). doi:10.3390/ma14113024.
  • Jayathilake, Madhawa; Rudra, Souman; Christy, Alfred Antony (2021). Effect of co-liquefaction of lignin and laminaria saccharina on optimization of bio-oil yield. Energy Conversion and Management: X. doi:10.1016/j.ecmx.2021.100151.
  • Rudra, Souman; Jayathilake, Madhawa (2021). Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Biomass for Biofuel Production. Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. ISBN: 9780124095489. Elsevier. chapter.
  • Jayathilake, Madhawa; Rudra, Souman; Rosendahl, Lasse A. (2021). Numerical modeling and validation of hydrothermal liquefaction of a lignin particle for biocrude production. Fuel. ISSN: 0016-2361. 305doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2021.121498.
  • Jayathilake, Madhawa; Rudra, Souman; Rosendahl, Lasse A. (2020). Hydrothermal liquefaction of wood using a modified multistage shrinking-core model. Fuel. ISSN: 0016-2361. 280doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2020.118616.
  • Rudra, Souman; Tesfagaber, Yohannes Kifle (2019). Future district heating plant integrated with municipal solid waste (MSW) gasification for hydrogen production. Energy. ISSN: 0360-5442. 180s 881 - 892. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2019.05.125.
  • Jayathilake, Rukshan; Rudra, Souman (2017). Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Equivalence Ratio (ER) and Feedstock Particle Size on Birchwood Gasification. Energies. ISSN: 1996-1073. doi:10.3390/en10081232.
  • Rudra, Souman; Rosendahl, Lasse (2016). Techno-economic analysis of a local district heating plant under fuel flexibility and performance. Energy Efficiency. ISSN: 1570-646X. s 1 - 12. doi:10.1007/s12053-016-9475-2.
  • Rudra, Souman; Rosendahl, Lasse; Blarke, Morten B. (2015). Process analysis of a biomass-based quad-generation plant for combined power, heat, cooling, and synthetic natural gas production. Energy Conversion and Management. ISSN: 0196-8904. 106s 1276 - 1285. doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2015.10.072.
  • Rudra, Souman; Rosendahl, Lasse; Kumar, Amit (2014). Development of net energy ratio and emission factor for quad-generation pathways. Energy Systems, Springer Verlag. ISSN: 1868-3967. 5 (4). s 719 - 735. doi:10.1007/s12667-014-0126-4.
  • Rudra, Souman; Rosendahl, Lasse; Hoffmann, Jessica (2013). Conceptual design of an integrated hydrothermal liquefaction and biogas plant for sustainable bioenergy production. Bioresource Technology. ISSN: 0960-8524. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2012.11.051.
  • Rudra, Souman; Akhtar, Taimur (2023). Experimental study on hydrothermal co-liquefaction of Laminaria digitata and Chlorella vulgaris to investigate the impact of the bio-oil yield.
  • Rudra, Souman (2022). International cooperation will provide better expertise on renewable energy.
  • Rudra, Souman (2022). Hydrothermal processing of biomass for biofuels and biochemicals.
  • Rudra, Souman (2021). Waste to Energy possible technologies for Bangladesh.
  • Rudra, Souman (2021). Carbondioxide(CO2) based cooling system at CERN.

Sist endret: 21.11.2022 10:11