Dr Ing. Daniel Buhagiar

Dr Ing. Daniel Buhagiar

Dr Ing. Daniel Buhagiar


Research Support Officer III

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2023
Dr. Ing. Daniel Buhagiar started his engineering career in the manufacturing industry in 2009, working as an apprentice with a local company producing automation machines. He followed this with various stints with local companies, taking the role of an apprentice/intern and eventually R&D engineer. During his work in industry, Dr. Buhagiar worked on automation design, product development, machine vision and project management, all in the context of an ISO TS 16949 environment.

Dr. Buhagiar graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Malta in 2012, with first class honours. In 2013, he finished an M.Sc. by research (with distinction) under the supervision of Prof. Ing. Tonio Sant. His research focussed on the modelling of a novel system for wind-driven deep seawater extraction for simultaneous electrical generation and cooling.

With a background in offshore renewable energy and a growing interest in energy storage, Dr. Buhagiar decided to further his studies by reading for a Ph.D., continuing under the supervision of Prof. Sant. This was completed in early 2017, and comprised the development of an offshore platform for deep water, with integrated compressed air energy storage.
The device is in the process of being patented (PCT/IL2016/050100).

Dr. Buhagiar is presently a post-doctoral researcher (RSOIII) working on the construction of a prototype offshore platform based on his Ph.D. work. The project is funded by MCST (R&I-2015-044-T) and is carried out at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering with support from an industrial partner (MedServ plc.) and the Institute for Sustainable Energy.
  • Offshore Energy Storage
  • Renewable Energy
  • Compressed Air Energy Storage
  • Offshore Wind Energy
  • FLNG
  • Oil & Gas Technologies

Buhagiar, D. & Sant, T. 2016, "Numerical Analysis of a Large-Scale Hydraulic Wind Farm With Integrated Hydraulic Energy Storage", ASME 2016 10th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2016 Power Conference and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and TechnologyAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, , pp. V001T14A002.

Buhagiar, D., Sant, T. & Bugeja, M. 2016, "A Comparison of Two Pressure Control Concepts for Hydraulic Offshore Wind Turbines", Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, vol. 138, no. 8, pp. 081007.

Sant, T., Buhagiar, D. & Farrugia, R.N. 2016, "Exploiting the thermal potential of deep seawater for compensating losses in offshore hydraulic wind power transmission pipelines", IET Renewable Power Generation, vol. 10, no. 10, pp. 1488-1497.

Buhagiar, D., Sant, T. & Bugeja, M.K. 2015, "Control of an open-loop hydraulic offshore wind turbine using a variable-area orifice", ASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic EngineeringAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, , pp. V009T09A043.

Buhagiar, D., Sant, T., Micallef, C. & Farrugia, R.N. 2015, "Improving the energy yield from an open loop hydraulic offshore turbine through deep sea water extraction and alternative control schemes", Energy, vol. 84, pp. 344-356.

Buhagiar, D. & Sant, T. 2014, "Steady-state analysis of a conceptual offshore wind turbine driven electricity and thermocline energy extraction plant", Renewable Energy, vol. 68, pp. 853-867.