Staff Profile:Dr Phil Coker

Dr Phil Coker
Job Title:
Associate Professor

Module Convenor: Sustainable Urban Systems, Carbon Management & Analysis (PG)
UoR Environment and Sustainability Committee - academic representative

External Responsibilities:
Honorary Research Associate, UCL Energy Institute

PhD, University of Reading
Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice
CEng MIMechE
BEng, University of Bath

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) analysing areas of critical concern for energy systems, including extreme, coincident and unforeseen events
(iii) exploring technical and market-based options for aligning supply and demand, including demand response, energy storage and alternatives such as hydrogen applications.

Much of this work has involved a close collaboration with meteorological experts and an emphasis on application to industry. Industry partners to date have included National Grid, AES, SSE, Marks & Spencer, Costain, the National Physical Laboratory and DriveElectric.

Career Path:
After training as a mechanical engineer, Phil's industry career began with roles including network planning and maintenance responsibilities within British Gas, then Transco and ultimately National Grid. 15 years in the UK gas business 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. His research work continues to develop concepts and interests established through this study.

Research groups / Centres:

Energy and Environmental Engineering

Professional Memberships:
Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Affiliate member, Energy Institute
Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Nov 2013

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