Background: I graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Renewable Energy, followed by a BEng specialising in energy and sustainability with the Open University, undertaken whilst working as a transport planning consultant. My Geography dissertation utilised preserved pollen to reconstruct vegetation change in the North York Moors, with my Renewable Energy thesis focused on modelling tidal lagoon power plants within the Humber Estuary. For my BEng dissertation, I evaluated energy storage technologies, with that considered most viable (electrochemical battery storage) modelled alongside wind power for use in an off-grid system at an existing farm and assessed in terms of power availability and financial viability.
Research Interests: My primary research interests are the challenges posed by the integration of renewable energy generation (such as offshore wind) into existing power systems, such as grid balancing and management, smart grids and the implementation of energy storage technologies, which are required for the sector to reach its full potential.
Why I applied to the Aura CDT: The Aura CDT fits with my aspiration to work in renewable energy research, providing a healthy mix of academic and industrial experiences and offers an opportunity to undertake cutting edge research around specialised themes, whilst also studying in a broader multidisciplinary setting. The centre’s industry ties also provide insight into the real-world applications of academic research which should help shape my research in a way that can be potentially more impactful.
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