Babkir is an expert in sustainable energy and environmental impacts with more than 25 years of working experience in the industrial sector, energy research field, and teaching of engineering courses. He was a researcher with the Department of Solar Energy at the Energy Research Institute (ERI), Sudan. He obtained his BSc. and MSc. degrees from Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Khartoum and his PhD. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada, with the research focused on water-energy nexus. His works have been published extensively in well known international peer-reviewed journals in the field of energy system analysis: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Babkir_Ali
● Sustainable and renewable energy
● Environmental impact of the energy sector
● Engineering management
● Industrial equipment
Energy systems Simulation programs Environmental systems analysis Economic analysis
Vice President, Research and Development, ExecuVentures Engineering, Canada Feb. – June, 2017
Conducting feasibility studies for new energy projects in Alberta
Conducting research proposals for deep well geothermal power generation
Preparing business plans for renewable energy projects Researcher, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 2010-2017
Worked in the field of modeling of water-energy nexus through life cycle analysis
Prepared models for the environmental impacts of energy sector in Alberta
Studied impacts of electricity generation on the environment
Supported energy policy decision makers
Researcher, Energy Research Institute, Sudan 1994-2000
Researched the design and performance of systems related to the thermal conversion of solar energy
Developed, analyzed and tested the new improved applications of solar systems
Designed, fabricated and tested new Sudanese Solar Box Cooker
Designed, constructed and tested solar concentrating dish for power generation
Fabricated and tested solar photovoltaic systems
Instructor, Global Innovative Campus (GIC), Edmonton, Canada 2012-Present
Teaching Fundamental of Engineering (FE) course covering the following engineering core courses:
Strength of Materials
Engineering Economics Teaching Assistant, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 2010- 2015
Assisting in Teaching of ENGM 401 Financial Management for Engineers course Teaching Assistant, University of Khartoum, Sudan 1994- 1998
Assisting in Teaching of Engineering Drawing course Graduate Teaching and Learning Course Level 2
50 hours of training in post-secondary teaching development, University of Alberta, Canada, 2015
Mechanical Engineer, ALIE. Co, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2001-2010
Studied and compared machinery technical specifications to satisfy the customer needs
Worked collaboratively with the Accounting Department on prices and payment terms
Planned and managed projects by supplying necessary equipment needed for the governmental education institutes through tenders
Attended International Fairs for Industrial Equipment: TIMTOS in Taiwan, TATEF in Turkey and BIMO in Italy
Visited Industrial Equipment factories such as BAYKAL, ERMAKSAN, and BEKAMAK in Turkey and GOLDEN SPOT in Taiwan Maintenance Engineer, AL-Nouras Co, (Agent for SCANIA Trucks in Sudan) 1992-1993
Was responsible for the main maintenance workshop
Satisfied the maintenance job and ordered necessary spare parts
Supervised technicians and inspected truck mechanical defects
Developed maintenance standards and scheduled work plan programs
Investigated mechanical failures and solved complicated maintenance problems
1. Ali B. Sustainability assessment of power generation from an abandoned oil and gas well in Alberta,
Canada. Journal of Energy and Power Technology 2019;1(3):16; doi:10.21926/jept.1903002.
2. Ali B. A Techno-economic feasibility analysis for the production of solar photovoltaic modules in
Sudan. Journal of Energy and Power Technology 2019;1(3):16; doi:10.21926/jept.1903001.
3. Ali B. The cost of conserved water for coal power generation with carbon capture and storage in
Alberta, Canada. Energy Conversion and Management 2018; 158: 387-399.
4. Ali B. The cost of conserved water for power generation from renewable energy technologies in
Alberta, Canada. Energy Conversion and Management 2017; 150: 201-213.
5. Ali B. Comparative assessment for the feasibility of solar irrigation pumps in Sudan. Renewable
and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2018; 81: 413-420.
6. Ali B, Kumar A. Life cycle water demand coefficients for crude oil production from five North
American locations. Water Research 2017; 123: 290-300.
7. Ali B, Kumar A. Development of life cycle water footprints for oil sands-based transportation fuel
production. Energy 2017; 131: 41- 49.
8. Ali B, Kumar A. Development of water demand coefficients for power generation from renewable
energy technologies. Energy Conversion and Management 2017; 143: 470-481.
9. Ali B. Techno-economic optimization for the design of solar chimney power plants. Energy
Conversion and Management 2017; 138: 461-473.
10. Ali B, Kumar A. Development of life cycle water footprints for gas-fired power generation
technologies. Energy Conversion and Management 2016; 210: 386-396.
11. Ali B, Kumar A. Development of life cycle water-demand coefficients for coal-based power
generation technologies. Energy Conversion and Management 2015; 90: 247-260.
12. Singh S., Kumar A., Ali B. Integration of energy and water consumption factors for biomass
conversion pathways, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 2011; 5(4): 399-409.
13. Ali B. Simulation of a solar concentration dish for steam generation, International Journal of
Sustainable Energy 2003; 23 (3):129-141.
14. Ali B. Design and testing of Sudanese solar box cooker. Renewable Energy Journal 2000; 21: 573-
15. Ali B. Forecasting model for water-energy nexus in Alberta, Canada. Water-Energy Nexus Journal
2018; 1 (2): 104-115.
16. Ali B. Optimization model to integrate impacts on water, air, land, and cost for sustainable power
generation in Alberta, Canada. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (submitted, in-review).
1. Singh S., Kumar A., Ali B. Assessment of biomass conversion pathways based on energy and water
requirement, presented at the 2011 Canadian Society of Bioengineering (CSBE/SCGAB) Annual
Meeting and Technical Conference, July 10-13, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2011.
2. Singh S., Kumar A., Ali B. Assessment of water demand in biofuel production scenarios in Alberta,
presented at the CWRA-CGU National Conference, June 5-8, Banff, Alberta, Canada 2012.
3. Ali B., Kumar A. Development of water demand forecasting model for energy sector, presented at the
CWRA-CGU National Conference, June 5-8, Banff, Alberta, Canada 2012.
4. Ali B., Kumar A. Development of life cycle water demand coefficients for coal-based power generation
technologies, presented at the CWRA-CGU National Conference, June 5-8, Banff, Alberta, Canada
5. Ali B., Kumar A. Life cycle water consumption from gas-fired power generation, presented at the 1st
Joint Scientific Congress of the CMOS, CGU, and CWRA, May 26-30, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,
6. Ali B., Kumar A. Development of life cycle water footprints for oil production pathways, presented at
2013 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference, November 4-7, Portland, OR, USA
7. Ali B., Kumar A. Development of life cycle water footprints for power generation from geothermal and
solar energy, presented at 2013 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference, November 4-7, Portland,
8. Ali B, Kumar A. Comparative assessment for water demand for coal and natural gas-based power
generation pathways. presented at 2014 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference, Nov. 3-6, Tysons
Corner, Virginia, USA, 2014
Authored and translated to the Arabic Language the book titled, “Workshop Equipment: Brief
Description and Main Specifications,” published in Arabic e-book