Dr. Charles Dunnill


Charlie heads up the Sustainable Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Group at Swansea and has interests in the use of hydrogen as an alternative energy vector.   Charlie got his PhD from Glasgow University and then went on to do 6 years in London at UCL as a post-doc and Ramsay Fellow, before moving to Swansea.

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Charlie started the HYENA Network in response to a GCRF funding call in 2018 and has grown it since, obtaining new network partners and funding where possible. As a scientist and engineer, Charlie is developing technology that could be used in HYENA solutions alongside the research from other network members.

Charlie is a Chartered Scientist and Chemist, associate editor for RSC Advances.  He spends his spare time keeping bees and playing canoe polo, which is likened to 5 a side rugby in boats with hitting sticks.

Charlie's philosophy and technology allow excess solar energy in Africa to be stored as hydrogen gas.  Cheap and efficient alkaline electrolysers can convert the renewable energy and water into hydrogen and oxygen which can then be fed into an inbound grid, cleaned and sent out for use in various applications.


Chem4Energy meeting Botswana Sept 2018

By Charlie | September 25, 2019

Chem4Energy is a fantastic program run by Cardiff University with colleagues in Ghana, Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia.  The consortium has been running for a few years and is interested in graduating PhD students in African countries in the field of chemistry with an energy focus.  Much of their work is computational and I have … Read more

Trip to Renewable Energy Center in Cape Verde

By Charlie | May 2, 2019

It was great to see the Renewable energy center on Cape Verde,  CERMI.  Really impressive to see what they are up to and the facilities that they have.  This is the forefront of renewable energy training and infrastructure learning on the island nation as well as a solar farm and wind installation. Left:  The welding … Read more

HYENA Conference Cabo Verde 2019

By Charlie | April 30, 2019

On the 29th and 30th April 2019, we held our first International 2 day HYENA conference.  It was held in Cabo Verde in collaboration with University Cape Verde.  The first day had a conference dinner and travel to the island of Santiago and the second day we had a meeting at the university facilities. The … Read more

HYENA Conference Dinner 2019

By Charlie | April 29, 2019

O Poeta Lounge & Food. A great meal out with a perfect view.  Just what we needed the night before the conference.

Rutherford Fellows HYENA Conference

By Charlie | April 26, 2019

April 18th 2019 We ran a conference in the Civic Centre to celebrate the work carried out by the Rutherford fellows and the Network. Huge thank you to all the speakers. Elaine Forde Luci Attala Karen Morrow Mark Penny Charlie Dunnill Stephanus Du Preez Celsio Quaresma

Anzel trip from SA to Swansea

By Anzel | April 25, 2019

Dr. Anzel Falch received a travel grant from South Africa to travel to Swansea in order to support Faan, our Rutherford fellow and to discuss future collaborations.

Big Bang 2019

By Charlie | March 17, 2019

We attended the Big Bang over the full 4 days of the event in 2019  with TheHydrogenBike. The Big Bang is a HUGE STEM outereach event and one of the biggest science fairs in Europe. This year we split the team into 2 teams one for the set-up and the first 2 days and then … Read more

Interdisciplinary Futures: Enhancing Research & Impact

By Charlie | February 22, 2019

Leicester University hosted 50 Rutherford Fellows representing 15 countries from various host Universities across the UK. The event, ‘Interdisciplinary Futures: Enhancing research and impact through collaboration’, welcomed representatives from UUKi and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to the event.   We had a good day at the conference and a nice meal in the evening.

Rutherford Fellows welcome dinner

By Charlie | January 31, 2019