Project team

The project team includes staff with expertise in a broad range of subjects from power electronics, to hydrogen storage, thin film PV development, urban scale modelling and building monitoring.

The following members of staff are employed on the project:

Project Management team

Prof Phil Jones

Prof Phil Jones

Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Head of School and Director of Architectural Science

Phil is the Project lead and Chair of the Management Committee.
Jo Patterson

Jo Patterson

Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Research Fellow

Jo is the Project Manager of Solcer. Her role is to ensure that wherever possible a collaborative approach is taken between the whole Solcer team and with other organisations. Jo has an overview of all aspects of the Solcer project, both technical and administrative, and aims to ... (read more)
Jennifer Peach

Jennifer Peach

Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Solcer Project Administrator

Jennifer is responsible for all professional administrative support for the Solcer Project at the Welsh School of Architecture.
Gareth Potter

Gareth Potter

School of Engineering, Swansea University

Industrial Liaison Officer

Gareth will manage the implementation and collection of site specific data to inform the SOLCER Marine models. Project development and coordination of feasibility studies through to analysis and final reporting.

Welsh School of Architecture team

Simon Lannon

Simon Lannon

Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Senior Research Associate

Simon will be developing building energy simulation techniques at all scales of the built environment, from buildings to regional scale. Compiling the results from the simulations and converting them into easy to use decision making frameworks.
Enrico Crobu

Enrico Crobu

Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Research Associate

Enrico's current role is Research Associate - Modeller in the SOLCER project (Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region). The project will investigate 'smart operation' of energy supply, storage and demand systems in Wales. Enrico is researcher at Cardiff University in the W... (read more)
Heledd Iorwerth

Heledd Iorwerth

Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Research Associate

Heledd's role within SOLCER will be to expand on previous work and develop modelling techniques capable of investigating the potential of energy supply, storage and demand systems on an urban and regional scale in Wales.
Kenan Zhang

Kenan Zhang

Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Research Associate

Xiaojun LI

Xiaojun LI

Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Research Assistant

Xiaojun works as a modeller in SOLCER, and will explore the integration of energy demand, supply and storage at community scale.

Glyndŵr University team

Dr Vincent Barrioz

Dr Vincent Barrioz

Centre for Solar Energy Research, Glyndŵr University

Senior Researcher

Dr Sarah Rugan-Hankey

Dr Sarah Rugan-Hankey

Centre for Solar Energy Research, Glyndŵr University

Research Assistant

Prof Stuart Irvine

Prof Stuart Irvine

Centre for Solar Energy Research, Glyndŵr University

Director of the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER)

Work Package 1 leader
Simon Hodgson

Simon Hodgson

Centre for Solar Energy Research, Glyndŵr University

Research Assistant

Simon works as a research assistant with CSER on the production of thin-film cadmium telluride mini-modules. As well assisting in the production and characterisation of these mini-modules Simon is responsible for testing their potential lifetime (under heat and humidity) in an en... (read more)
Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Centre for Solar Energy Research, Glyndŵr University

Senior Technician

Steve's role as an Electrical Engineer is to install and commission the DC lighting at the Optic offices, Glyndwr. This will invlove installation of LED light fittings over 4 offices, DC cabling and distribution wiring and implementation of a suitable battery back-up supply from... (read more)

Swansea University Engineering team

Dr Richard Lewis

Dr Richard Lewis

College of Engineering, Swansea University

Senior Researcher

Dr Petar Igic

Dr Petar Igic

College of Engineering, Swansea University

Senior Lecturer

Dr Zhongfu Zhou

Dr Zhongfu Zhou

School of Engineering Swansea University

Research Associate

Research on DC distribution within the home includes: simulation of various householder DC distribution system, possible system configurations and assessment, power loss calculation and efficiency analysis (WP3 demand).
Stephen Batcup

Stephen Batcup

School of Engineering, Swansea University

Research Officer

Stephen’s role within SOLCER is to work on the design and implementation of DC distribution networks at the nano- and micro- grid levels (i.e. domestic-scale grids). He will bring power electronics and power system expertise into the team while analysing, interpreting and incor... (read more)

Swansea University Marine team

Dr Enayat Zangiabadi

Dr Enayat Zangiabadi

Swansea University

Research Assistant (Marine Energy)

Project member responsible for the assessment of tidal impoundment resources, modelling of the energy production pattern and undertaking feasibility studies. Evaluation of solutions to provide renewable energy supply to appropriate storage systems and eventually to the demand net... (read more)

University of South Wales team

Jon Maddy

Jon Maddy

University of South Wales

Research Fellow

Andy Proctor

Andy Proctor

University of South Wales

Research Fellow

Andy's main role in SOLCER is leading the engineering of hydrogen energy production, storage and usage systems at the hydrogen centre so that he can test run and gather data on the technologies. This includes the install of water based electrolysers to produce hydrogen and th... (read more)
Dr Christian Laycock

Dr Christian Laycock

SERC, South Wales University

Research Fellow

Christian's role is to input and expertise in the implementation and testing of laboratory scale and state-of-the-art micro-CHP Solid Oxide Fuel Cell systems running on hydrogen, methane and nitrogen-based fuels such biohydrogen, biogas and ammonia. In particular, he has expertis... (read more)
Dr Fan Zhang

Dr Fan Zhang

University of South Wales

Research Fellow

Fan will investigate appropriate energy storage technologies and their practical integration with demand and supply technologies with a focus on storage component design, integration, control and optimisation.
Dr Stephen Carr

Dr Stephen Carr

University of South Wales

Research Fellow

Stephen's role in SOLCER is to provide knowledge and modelling of energy storage systems, with a specialty in hydrogen energy storage. This involves modelling and simulation of renewable hydrogen energy systems, such as stand-alone wind powered electrolysis and solar powered elec... (read more)

Cardiff School of Engineering team

Prof Phil Bowen

Prof Phil Bowen

School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Director, Cardiff School of Engineering

Phil is on the Solcer Management Committee.
Dr Pete Burnap

Dr Pete Burnap

Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatic

Lecturer

Pete's role in the SOLCER project involves data analytics using alternative energy production and consumption data, with a view to predicting energy production shortfall and instability. The outcomes of this will feed a probabilistic risk model for a range of alternative energy s... (read more)
Nargis Pauran

Nargis Pauran

School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Research Associate

Nargis is undertaking research in data analysis, and risk modelling. The data used for the project are the results of the monitoring of temperature, humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and air flow in a residential property. This information is collected to investigate how to m... (read more)