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.
CEng MIMechE
PhD University of Reading FHEA

External Responsibilities:
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.

Career Path:
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:

Innovative and Sustainable Technologies

Sustainability in the Built Environment

Energy research group

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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

Dr Phil Coker

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 5234
140 Chancellor's Building

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