Staff Profile:Dr Phil Coker
- Dr Phil Coker
- Job Title:
- Lecturer in Renewable Energy
- Module convenor for Sustainable Urban Systems (Masters)
- Module convenor for Carbon Management (Masters)
- Member of Higher Education Carbon Management Project Team
BEng, University of Bath.
PhD University of Reading FHEA
Honorary Research Associate, UCL Energy Institute
- Areas of Interest:
Phil's core research examines the variability of renewable energy supplies and the challenges for the energy industry in moving towards a low carbon energy system. His work seeks to evaluate solutions that can help maintain secure and affordable energy supplies, drawing on three intertwined themes:
(i) characterising the factors that lead to patterns in energy supply availability
(ii) examining the factors that drive energy demand variability
(iii) exploring technical and market based options for aligning supply and demand, including but not limited to energy storage.
Broader research and teaching interests include exploring carbon management within the wider sustainability agenda, particularly carbon accounting and footprinting approaches. Meanwhile, the career path noted below brings a natural interest in the role of natural gas and alternative energy vectors such as hydrogen in future energy systems. Underpinning these interests, Phil has a growing fascination with the application of systems thinking approaches to urban scale energy systems and the role of energy system simulation in aiding decision making.
After training as a mechanical engineer, early roles included network planning and maintenance responsibilities within British Gas, then Transco and ultimately National Grid. 15 years in the UK gas industry saw progression through to management and latterly consultancy roles. A transition to research derived from enthusiasm to understand how the energy industry might evolve in future. Phil completed his PhD, Assessing the variability of UK renewables, at the University of Reading, in 2011. Much of his current work is developing concepts and interests established through this study
- Research groups / Centres:
YNumber of items: 19.
- Bloomfield, H. C., Brayshaw, D. J., Shaffrey, L. C., Coker, P. J. and Thornton, H.E. (2016) Quantifying the increasing sensitivity of power systems to climate variability. Environmental Research Letters, 11 (12). 124025. ISSN 1748-9326 doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/12/124025
- Daniels, L., Coker, P. and Potter, B. (2016) Embodied carbon dioxide of network assets in a decarbonised electricity grid. Applied Energy, 180. 142 - 154. ISSN 0306-2619 doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.07.044
- Daniels, L., Coker, P., Gunn, A. and Potter, B. (2016) Using proxies to calculate the carbon impact of investment into electricity network assets. Applied Energy, 162. pp. 551-560. ISSN 0306-2619 doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.10.111
- Kubik, M. L., Coker, P. J. and Barlow, J. F. (2015) Increasing thermal plant flexibility in a high renewables power system. Applied Energy, 154. pp. 102-111. ISSN 0306-2619 doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.04.063
- Saker, D., Vahdati, M., Coker, P. and Millward, S. (2015) Assessing the benefits of domestic hot fill washing appliances. Energy and Buildings, 93. pp. 282-294. ISSN 0378-7788 doi: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.02.027
- Cannon, D.J., Brayshaw, D.J., Methven, J., Coker, P.J. and Lenaghan, D. (2015) Using reanalysis data to quantify extreme wind power generation statistics : a 33 year case study in Great Britain. Renewable Energy, 75. pp. 767-778. ISSN 0960-1481 doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.10.024
- Poonyth, A., Coker, P. and Torriti, J. (2015) A comparative value of electricity storage within GB market mechanisms. In: European Energy Market (EEM), 12th International Conference, 19-22 May 2015, Lisbon.
- Drew, D., Cannon, D., Brayshaw, D., Barlow, J. and Coker, P. (2015) The impact of future offshore wind farms on wind power generation in Great Britain. Resources Policy, 4 (1). pp. 155-171. ISSN 0301-4207 doi: 10.3390/resources4010155
- Daniels, L., Potter, B. and Coker, P. (2014) Exploring methods to evaluate the carbon impact of network investment deferral. In: Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe (ISGT-Europe), 2014 IEEE PES, 12-15th October 2014, Istanbul, pp. 1-6.
- Daniels, L., Walton, P., Potter, B. and Coker, P. (2014) Using standby generators in support of an electricity network: logistics and experience. In: CIBSE Technical Symposium 2014, 3rd - 4th April 2014, Dublin Technical Institute, Dublin, Ireland.
- Rawlings, J., Coker, P., Doak, J. and Burfoot, B. (2014) Do smart grids offer a new incentive for SME carbon reduction? Sustainable Cities and Society, 10. pp. 245-250. ISSN 2210-6707 doi: 10.1016/j.scs.2013.04.003
- Lee, T., Yao, R. and Coker, P. (2014) An analysis of UK policies for domestic energy reduction using an agent based tool. Energy Policy, 66. pp. 267-279. ISSN 0301-4215 doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.11.004
- Daniels, L., Potter, B. and Coker, P. (2013) Financial implications for companies running standby generators in support of a smart grid. In: CISBAT 2013: CleanTech for Smart Cities & Buildings, 4th-6th September 2013, Lausanne, Switzerland, pp. 727-732.
- Kubik, M. L., Brayshaw, D. J., Coker, P. J. and Barlow, J. F. (2013) Exploring the role of reanalysis data in simulating regional wind generation variability over Northern Ireland. Renewable Energy, 57. pp. 558-561. ISSN 0960-1481 doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2013.02.012
- Coker, P., Barlow, J., Cockerill, T. and Shipworth, D. (2013) Measuring significant variability characteristics: An assessment of three UK renewables. Renewable Energy, 53. pp. 111-120. ISSN 0960-1481 doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2012.11.013
- Kubik, M. L., Coker, P. J., Barlow, J. F. and Hunt, C. (2013) A study into the accuracy of using meteorological wind data to estimate turbine generation output. Renewable Energy, 51. pp. 153-158. ISSN 0960-1481 doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2012.08.084
- Kubik, M.L., Coker, P.J. and Hunt, C. (2012) The role of conventional generation in managing variability. Energy Policy, 50. pp. 253-261. ISSN 0301-4215 doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.07.010 (Special section: Past and prospective energy transitions - insights from history)
- Kubik, M. L., Coker, P. J. and Hunt, C. (2011) Using meteorological wind data to estimate turbine generation output: a sensitivity analysis. In: World Renewable Energy Congress, 8-13 May 2011, Linkoping University, Sweden, pp. 4074-4081.
- Kubik, M. L., Coker, P. J. and Hunt, C. (2010) An overview of the current status of research into adopting high levels of renewables in Ireland. In: World Renewable Energy Congress XI, 25th-30th September 2010, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Postdoctoral and graduate student supervision:
Alice Gunn, investigating energy systems modelling. An EngD co-supervised by Dr Ben Potter and sponsored by SSE (Scottish Southern Energy)
Amish Poonyth: An integrated approach to evaluating the profitability of novel storage technologies within the UK electricity network. A PhD study co-supervised by Dr Jacopo Torriti
Jeremy Rawlings: Do Smart Grids Provide a New Incentive for SME Carbon Reduction? An EngD co-supervised by Joe Doak and sponsored by Reading Borough Council & CIOB
Daniel Saker: Optimising domestic energy use through demand management and integration with renewable energy. An EngD co-supervised by Dr Maria Vahdati and sponsored by SSE (Scottish Southern Energy)
Hannah Bloomfield, researching the impacts of climate change on energy-systems. A CASE PhD, co-supervised with Dr David Brayshaw & Dr Len Shaffrey and supported by NERC and UK Met Office
Laura Daniels: Reducing Energy & Carbon in Buildings through remote management - a technical & economic survey. An EngD co-supervised with Dr Ben Potter and sponsored by Marks & Spencer