Members of the Claverton Energy Discussion Group
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|Jo Abbess||Energy researcher and author. Currently reading for a second book on Renewable Gas for IoP Publishing.||JoAbbess.com|
|Dave Andrews||Ex technical expert at the Joint Research Centre, European Commission, focusing on power generation and combined heat and power district heating, following a long career in small scale combined heat and power generation. He was founder member of the AIEP, which became the AEP and now the Electricity Association. Also founded the Claverton Energy Group. Currently involved with developing and building small local waste to energy CHP plants. In the 1980s working for Caterpillar dealer Leverton was responsible for pushing the then considered crackpot idea that reciprocating plant could out-compete central plant for both peaking grid duties and gas engine CHP generation. Whilst at the Open University Energy Research Group demonstrated that gas engine CHP even at 50 house scale was economic. Dave is also a driving force of the Bath & Bristol Trams campaign.||Claverton Energy|
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|Keith Baker||Researcher in Fuel Poverty and Energy Policy at the Built Environment Asset Management Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, and Co-founder of the Energy Poverty Research initiative||EnergyPovertyResearch|
|Michael Baldwin||Michael has experience of environmental campaigning as a volunteer with a Friends of the Earth local group, especially supporting wind farms. He has a long standing interest in renewable energy and low carbon living, including previously running a biodiesel cooperative. His professional work through his own consultancy company supports the development and management of EU-funded research projects.||Engedi Science Ltd|
|Bill Bordass||Bill has a particular interest in how buildings actually work technically, environmentally, and for their users. With a PhD in physical chemistry, in 1971 he joined the architectural and engineering firm RMJM London to work on materials, technical support and preparing briefs for laboratory buildings. After taking a town planning course, he also worked on social surveys for regional plans, environmental impact studies of roads and automated public transport, and coordinating environmental engineering consultants into architectural projects. In 1975 he became associate in charge of building services engineering. Projects included facilities for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, the University of York’s energy conservation programme (including direct digital control and alterations to its District Heating system) and NFU Mutual’s low-energy head office at Stratford-upon-Avon. As a consultant, he also investigated failures of materials, engineering systems, comfort and energy performance, and brought in human factors specialists.|
In 1984 he set up William Bordass Associates to do research, strategy, monitoring and troubleshooting on the performance of existing, new and historic buildings. The included overseeing the monitoring of energy demonstration projects in commercial buildings including heat pumps and CHP, studies of environments in the roof spaces of historic buildings, case studies of energy use in offices, and research management for the Building Research Establishment into lower-energy buildings and more user-friendly controls. From 1995-2002 he also worked on the twenty PROBE studies of the actual performance in use of recently-completed buildings, which were published in the CIBSE Journal.
In 2000 he helped to set up the Usable Buildings Trust charity, which undertakes research and collects and disseminates information on how buildings actually work. Projects include helping to develop the Display Energy Certificate system for public and commercial buildings in the UK and EU, the associated Landlord’s Energy Statement. He has also worked on energy benchmarking systems in Australia and California. To encourage and assist clients, designers and builders to focus on in-use performance, he helped to develop the Soft Landings process and a culture of New Professionalism. Recently he has been working with the Better Buildings Partnership to its Design for Performance scheme, which aims to eliminate the notorious gaps between design estimates and in-use performance for new and refurbished buildings, starting with prime rented offices. He received CIBSE’s low-carbon pioneer award in 2008 and an OBE in 2013.
In 2020 he is developing a new charity, the Do It Now Foundation, which will bring together people who are undertaking building projects that aim to be simpler, better and more sustainable.
|Gerald Braun||Gerry is a solar industry veteran who also organized and led renewable energy R&D programs for Southern California Edison, the USDOE, Pacific Gas and Electric, the California Energy Commission and UC Davis. In retirement he works to advance collaborative local energy integration in the US||IRESN, Inc.|
|Stephen Browning||Electricity Operations and Market-Operations-Fuel Modelling expert. Trying to get common sense into Future Energy delivery, especially Integration of Distributed and Variable Resources.||ElecEffic.com|
|Eoin Clancy||Worked with Arup Research and Development and Arup Building group (London) on building simulation, CFD, and HVAC design/specification for commercial and public developments. Employed as a research fellow with IESD, De Montfort University, and completed research and a PhD thesis in 2000 (including measurement of flows, and internal conditions) relating to the natural ventilation system used in the Queens Building main auditorium, DMU, Leicester. Main findings indicated the effectiveness of the system in provided adequate ventilation all year round and its ability to maintain comfortable conditions in summer (due to the air flows, orientation (limited solar gains) and effective thermal mass of the space) despite relatively high internal heat gains, and elevated external temperatures (in summer).|
Senior Lecturer in Coventry University and involved with Building Services teaching programme (1995 to 2000).
Currently teaching in Dundalk Institute of Technology (since 2002) in the areas of solar energy, energy use in buildings, thermodynamics, and HVAC systems. Research active and member of CREDIT (centre of renewable energy at Dundalk IT) who were instrumental in installing the first large campus based wind turbine (850 kW) in the World (2005).
Completed a book for CIBSE on indoor air quality and ventilation in 2011 (KS17: Indoor Air Quality & Ventilation).
External examiner for Waterford, and Letterkenny Institute of Technologies and active external reviewer of mechanical engineering courses for Engineers Ireland.
|Shlomo Dowen||National Coordinator of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN)||UKWIN|
|David Elliott||Emeritus Professor of Technology Policy at the Open University who has focussed of renewable energy policy. See his bimonthly Renew newsletter and weekly IoP blog posts.||Renew newsletter|
|Herbert Eppel||Professional German/English translations since 1995. Main subject areas include engineering, technology and science, with particular focus on renewable energy, environment and sustainable development. Recent translation projects include a Definitive Guide for Commercial and Industrial Battery Storage and Prof. Volker Quaschning's text book on Renewable Energy and Climate Change. |
Herbert is also a founder member of Pro Wind Alliance.
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|Leon Freris||Retired Professor in Renewable Energy systems Technology. Founding member of the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at Loughborough University.||CREST|
|David Hirst||Retired IT consultant and Inventor. Founded ResponsiveLoad Ltd to pursue grid frequency stabilising using fridges. Sustainability and mitigating climate chaos key interests.||DavidHirst.com|
|Roger Hitchin||Semi-retired buildings and energy consultant, previously with British Gas, BRE and various other organisations. Currently interested in interactions between energy supply and demand (especially in buildings).|
|Rod Janssen||Rod Janssen, based in London and Paris, is an expert in sustainable energy policies and gives special focus to how to communicate sustainable energy issues to a wide variety of audiences. Rod is President and Chairman of the Board of the Brussels-based organisation Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes. For EEIP, he also chairs its work on financing and represents EEIP at the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group, organised by the European Commission and UNEP FI. Rod is also a board member of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee). In 2012, Rod created the web service, Energy in Demand, to reach wider audiences globally through the use the web and social media. It is now one of the most popular blogs on the energy transition in Europe.||Energy in Demand|
|Roberto Lacal Arántegui||Researcher at the Joint Research Centre, European Commission, focusing on techno-economic assessment of renewable energies and in particular of wind energy. He was responsible for launching the annual series of JRC wind status reports, focused on technological, market and economic aspects of wind power. Before, Roberto worked in the air transport field, in air traffic control and management. In the field of energy, he worked in the former consultancy GfE Energy Management, whose Spanish branch he co-founded and where he became experienced in energy markets and energy efficiency in industry. At the European Commission, he also worked in the Impact Assessment of legislative proposals at DG TREN (now DG Energy).|
|Rachel Lee||Electrical engineer with 30 years experience in development construction and operation of distributed generation, CHP and renewables. Has held roles in energy regulation, public and private sector in the UK and Australia. Developed and maintains community wind project and currently working on a PhD at Sheffield University looking at the role of human behaviour in the uptake of electric vehicles and vehicle to grid services.|
|Jeremy Leggett||Jeremy is a social entrepreneur and author, founder and a director of Solarcentury and founder and chair of SolarAid, a charity set up with Solarcentury profits, winner of a BITC Unilever Global Development Award. An Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, he was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change.||Jeremy Leggett|
|David Milborrow||Mechanical engineer with over 40 years experience in renewable energy (principally wind). Formerly worked for the Central Electricity Generating Board and was closely involved with plans for the UK's first wind farms. Independent consultant since 1992, with clients in public and private sectors. Principal specialisms – the integration of variable renewables in electricity networks, and cost comparisons between the renewable energy sources and the "conventional" sources.|
|Andre Pinho||Chartered Engineer, specialises in digital technologies and community energy. Founder CoEnergy.app, Founder of Brixton Energy, Board Member of Repowering||CoEnergy|
|Richard Priestley||Blogger, speaker and activist with a focus on ecological sustainability and social justice. Wide ranging interests include renewable energy, regenerative land use, emerging cleantech, political and cultural change, Green Party, Extinction Rebellion/School Strikes for Climate.||Richard Priestley|
|Alan Simpson||Alan Simpson is currently the Shadow Chancellor’s Advisor on Sustainable Economics, having previously been the Labour MP for Nottingham South from 1992 until 2010. A ‘recovering politician and lapsed economist’, he works on themes he still hopes might save the planet from its own stupidities.||Alan Simpson|
|Fred Starr||Dr Starr is best known for his 'Recollections', published in Materials World, the house magazine of the Institute of Materials. Here, he takes a sardonic look at what really goes on in the pursuit of knowledge and more importantly, status; while trying to highlight obscure but important bits of materials know-how. In 2016 he was awarded a gold medal by the Institute for a piece entitled 'Lies, Damned Lies, and Nuclear Power'. After graduating in Metallurgy from Battersea College in 1966, Fred’s first real job was to train as a shift engineer on a steam reforming plant at Hitchin. |
In 1967, he moved one of British Gas's R&D centres in London, where he was responsible for failure investigation of steam reformers. With the introduction of natural gas, steam reforming largely disappeared, and much of the focus in British Gas R&D switched to developing processes for making substitute natural gas (SNG) from coal and heavy oil. With these, high temperature corrosion was a serious issue, and Fred’s job was to develop alloys capable of resisting attack. This work lasted until about 1985, when all work on SNG stopped, as did the research into high temperature corrosion. Instead, Fred was encouraged to develop concepts for generating electricity using natural gas as a fuel, which is how the British Gas Stirling engine programme started.
Another project initiated by Fred, the closed cycle gas turbine, was vital to his future when in 2004, well after he had left British Gas, he joined the EU’s Institute for Energy, at Petten, in the Netherlands. Here he became their technical specialist on IGCC plants for making hydrogen from coal. He was also responsible for acting as an observer in the implementation of the EU’s Cogeneration Directive. He left Petten in 2007 and has continued to take a deep interest in the British energy scene, including supporting wind energy. Fred regards himself as a late developer, getting his PhD in 2007 and becoming a member of the IMechE, last year.
|David Toke||David Toke is Reader in Energy Politics at the University of Aberdeen. He writes and advises about renewable energy, nuclear power and other electricity related topics. He has over 50 published papers in peer-reviewed journals and seven books. His most recent book is 'Low Carbon Politics' (2018) published by Routledge. He has written a range of influential reports for NGOs including Friends of the Earth, the World Future Council and the Green Parties of both Scotland and England & Wales. He writes an influential blog entitled 'Dave Toke's Green Energy Blog'.||Dave Toke's Green Energy Blog|
|Bruce Wakley||Retired. Formerly lead Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) technical specialist at BT, driving the PSTN compaction programme via switch and system software and data changes and helping to prepare the migration to the ultimate VoIP replacement of the PSTN. Currently Leicester FoE treasurer and working on research in support of the reopening of the Ivanhoe line to passenger traffic. Keen hydrogen advocate.||Campaign for the Reopening of the Ivanhoe Line (CRIL)|