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Dr Rupert Gammon

Job: Senior Research Fellow

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 257 7877

E: rgammon@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/iesd

 

Personal profile

Rupert Gammon is Principle Investigator on the ‘ESCoBox’ project, which is funded by EPSRC, DfID and DECC. This 3-year project, starting in September 2013, will develop a system for monitoring, controlling, financing and expanding electrical mini-grids in the developing world.  Based on innovative platforms such as the CASCADE modelling framework and the Wattbox that were co-developed by DMU, and the BitHarvester, created by our collaborators in Kenya, the ESCoBox will encourage the growth of entrepreneurial activities in the developing world by facilitating productive levels of reliable, grid-independent energy supply at low cost to address key international development challenges.

Rupert leads DMU’s team working on the ‘My Electric Avenue’ project under Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund. In this project, lead by EA Technology and Scottish and Southern Energy, with Nissan as partners, the DMU team are studying the behavioural aspects of smart electric vehicle charging. Smart charging of electric vehicles may be used as a grid balancing option (as required by the widespread introduction of renewable energy), or – as in this case – to ensure that overloading of the electricity network does not occur as a result of local clusters of vehicles recharging simultaneously.

Rupert is MSc Module Leader for Renewable Energy and for BSc Module Leader in Transport Fuels and Energy Storage.  He recently worked on the Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy (CASCADE) Project, which was investigating the smart grid concept using complexity science. 

Previously, Rupert was Managing Director of Bryte Energy Ltd, providing consultancy on the design, implementation, market analysis and strategic studies of low-carbon energy technologies specialising in the use of hydrogen in energy systems, smart grids and low carbon transport. In collaboration with Loughborough University, Bryte Energy developed the groundbreaking Future Energy Scenario Assessment (FESA) software model for studying the evolution of future energy markets to aid policy and technical strategy development. Before setting up Bryte Energy Rupert undertook a PhD Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) for which he conceived and implemented the Hydrogen and Renewables Integration (HARI) project. He had previously obtained an MSC in Renewable Energy Systems Technology at CREST. Before that, Rupert worked as a freelance consultant, partly in the field of sustainable energy, but more predominantly in the oil, gas and mineral exploration industries. Rupert started his career working for an architectural consultancy, having gained his first degree in 3D Industrial Design (Eng) at Leeds Polytechnic.

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

  • Contributed to the Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy (CASCADE) Project, which used complexity science and, in particular, agent-based modelling (ABM) to investigate the smart grid concept. Applied a ‘whole systems’ approach and brought cross-sectoral energy system expertise to the project, guiding a multidisciplinary research team in developing an innovative software modelling framework. Outputs from CASCADE are feeding into new projects, such as the Agent-based Modelling for Electricity Networks (AMEN) project, My Electric Avenue and ESCoBox.
  • Co-developed the Future Energy Scenario Assessment (FESA) model for strategic energy modelling and roadmapping. Underpinning several journal articles, conference papers and consultancy studies, this software tool’s outputs have been influential in the shaping of commercial strategy and political policy in relation to a range of low-carbon energy technologies.
  • Established a consultancy business providing cleantech market analysis, technical reports and implementing low carbon systems for a wide range of customers, including: E.On UK, Cenex, Hydrogenics Corp, Leicestershire County Council, Mirabaud Securities, East Midlands Development Agency. Provided leadership in the integration of energy storage, particularly using hydrogen, with smart grids and low carbon transport.
  • Conceived and implemented the Hydrogen and Renewables Integration (HARI) project, the UK's first renewable energy system to use hydrogen for energy storage. This provided a technical platform underpinning several PhD studies, journal and conference papers and became a case study for Annex 18 of the International Energy Agency’s Hydrogen Implementing Agreement. It led to the establishment of the Loughborough University Hydrogen Refuelling Station that was a contributory factor in the location of the prestigious Energy Technologies Institute at Loughborough. The HARI project catalysed the formation of several new high-tech businesses, plus the foundation of the British Midlands Hydrogen Forum.

Research interests/expertise

  • Smart grids (incl. micro-grids, mini-grids, island energy systems, remote power systems, off-grid energy systems);
  • Energy system integration;
  • Energy infrastructures;
  • Smart cities (multi-modal service integration, smart transport systems);
  • Multi-modal energy system modelling / cross-sectoral integration of energy systems;
  • Strategic energy modelling / energy roadmapping;
  • Demand side management (DSM) / demand side participation, demand response / responsive demand / dispatchable demand (incl. efficiency / demand reduction, grid-to-transport, grid-to-fuel/gas, grid-to-heat);
  • Energy storage (incl. grid-to-fuel, grid-to-gas, grid-to-heat, electricity-to-electricity);
  • Hydrogen energy systems (incl. electrolysis, fuel cells, fuel-synthesis);
  • Hydrogen powered vehicles, fuel cell powered vehicles;
  • Electric vehicles, smart charging of electric vehicles;
  • Low carbon transport (incl. integrated transport systems, new ownership models);
  • Innovative business models for low-carbon technologies;
  • Energy systems for the developing world;
  • Renewable energy (integration of renewable energy into power systems);
  • Behaviour change for sustainability.

Areas of teaching

  • Smart grids
  • Smart cities
  • Renewable energy
  • Low carbon fuels
  • Low carbon transport
  • Energy storage
  • Hydrogen energy systems

Qualifications

Ph.D.: Hydrogen & Renewable Energy Integration, Loughborough University, 2006

M.Sc.:  Renewable Energy System Technologies, Loughborough University, 2001

B.A. (Hons): 3D Industrial Design (Eng), Leeds Polytechnic, 1988

Courses taught

MSc, Module Leader: Renewable Energy

Undergraduate Course, Module Leader: Transport Fuels and Energy Storage

Membership of external committees

  • International Energy Agency, Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, Annex 30 (Global Hydrogen Systems Analysis), 2012 – 2013, UK Representative, current – Y.
  • International Energy Agency, Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, Annex 24 (Wind Energy and Hydrogen Integration), 2007 – 2011, UK Representative, current – N.
  • Advisory Group, UK Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortium (UKSHEC), 2006 – 2011, EPSRC-funded SUPERGEN research consortium, current – N.
  • British Midlands Hydrogen Forum, 2007 - 2010, Chair (and co-founder), Regional Stakeholder Association UK Hydrogen Network (UK-HyNet), 2009 – 2010, Steering Group member (and co-founder), national hydrogen and fuel cell infrastructure development programme, now within UK HFCA remit, current – N.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA), 2010 – 2011, Executive Committee Member (and co-founder), national stakeholder association (formed from merger of UKHA and FCUK)
  • UK Hydrogen Association (UKHA), 2005 – 2010, Executive Committee Member (and co-founder), national stakeholder association, merged with FCUK in 2010 to create UKHFCA
  • British Midlands Hydrogen Forum, 2007 – 2010, Chair (and co-founder), regional stakeholder association that was a major catalyst in the resurgence of interest in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the UK.

Forthcoming events

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Find out more and get involved at http://www.myelectricavenue.info/ 

Conference attendance

  • Sustainable Energy, Complexity Science and the Smart Grid (Satellite Meeting of ECCS’12, European Conference on Complex Systems), 5th September 2012, Brussels, “CASCADE (Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy)”, R. Gammon, M.Rylatt, et al., presentation
  • Energy & Complexity: the Way Forward, 5th July 2012, Oxford, “CASCADE (Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy)”, R. Gammon, M.Rylatt, et al., presentation
  • Delivery of Sustainable Hydrogen (HDel) Supergen 14, Cardiff, 26/05/10,Hydrogen Production in Smart Grids”, R. Gammon, presentation
  • Modelling the Integration of Hydrogen into Energy Systems, 1st ADEL International Workshop, Seville, 21/10/11, R. Gammon, J. Barton, Keynote Presentation
  • Low Carbon Mobility, SIF 2011 – Sustainability International Forum, Rome, 21/06/11, R. Gammon, Keynote Presentation
  • Hydrogen and smart grids and Safety of Hydrogen technologies and Infrastructure: practical experience,11th ISCARW Hydrogen Technologies and Infrastructure, Belfast, 16-20/05/11, R. Gammon, Keynote Presentations
  • Update on UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Activities, Making Way for Scotland’s Hydrogen Economy, Edinburgh, 30/09/10, R. Gammon, presentation
  • Hydrogen in the Future Energy Generation Portfolio, The Challenge of Intermittency – Will Hydrogen Deliver?, Cheltenham, 26/06/10, R. Gammon, J. Barton, presentation
  • UK Hydrogen Network (UK-HyNet), IPHE Infrastructure Workshop, Sacramento, 26/02/10, R. Gammon, presentation
  • Hydrogen and Renewables Integration, Symposium on Materials for a Sustainable Future, Birmingham, 11/09/09, R. Gammon, J. Barton, presentation
  • Island Systems, UK Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortium (UK SHEC) workshop, Swansea, 02/07/09, R. Gammon, presentation
  • Scotland’s Hydrogen Future Study, All Energy, Aberdeen, 21/05/08, R. Gammon, A. Cavey, et al., presentation
  • Monitoring and Control of Hydrogen Systems, Measurement Metrology Opportunities in the Hydrogen Economy, Edinburgh, 19/03/08, R. Gammon, presentation.

Consultancy work

Consultancy at DMU:

  • DMU’s team leader for the “My Electric Avenue” project which is field- testing EA Technology’s Esprit system for protecting power networks from overload by local concentrations of electric vehicle charging. DMU is undertaking behavioural studies in relation to the ‘smart’ scheduling of vehicle recharging. Dates: January 2013 – August 2016. Funded by Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF). Led by EA Technology, with Scottish and Southern Energy as the host network operator. Partners include: Northern Powergrid, Nissan, Fleetdrive Electric, Zero Carbon Futures, University of Manchester and Ricardo.
  • Contributing expertise on hydrogen energy systems and multi-modal integration to the “2050 Energy Infrastructure Outlook” study for the Energy Technologies Institute.  Dates: March 2012 – June 2013. Led by Buro Happold with partners including Cambridge, the University of Southampton, Cyril Sweett and Upstream Utilities Infrastructure Solutions.
  • Recently contributed advice to Orion Innovations for a report on the “Validation of Future Market Drivers for Northern Ireland”, September 2012 – January 2013.

Currently available to undertake consultancy

 Previous consultancy work:

Bryte Energy Ltd, 2005 – 2010, consultancy services provided to private and public sector customers, from micro-companies up to international blue chips, including: E.On UK, Cenex, Hydrogenics Corp, Leicestershire County Council, Mirabaud Securities, East Midlands Development Agency.

Selected examples:

  • Hydrogen Framework for the East Midlands, for Cenex and the E. Midlands Development Agency (2010)
  • Watts in Store? – Bulk Energy Storage, for Mirabaud Securities (2009)
  • Why Let Your Investments Go To Waste?, for Mirabaud Securities (2009)
  • Battery Replacement Project, for M&S, 3M and Gist (2009)
  • The Business Case for Hydrogen, for Hydrogenics Corp (2008)
  • Hydrogen Future Study – HyFuture, for Orion Innovations and  the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (2008)
  • Feasibility Report for the Installation of Renewable Energy Technologies at Snibston Discovery Park, for Leicestershire County Council (2007-2008)
  • Aspects of the Wide Scale Deployment of Hydrogen by Pipeline in the UK, for E.On UK (2007)
  • Role of Hydrogen in the UK’s Future Energy Systems, for E.On UK (2005).

Current research students

2nd supervisor to Brian Kohler, who is researching Energy, Climate Change, and a Just Transition to Sustainability;

2nd supervisor to Sidiki Diakite, who is researching Business Model Transfer from Multinational Companies to Local Enterprises Using Social Networking Technologies: The Case Of Global Organisations In Niger.

Externally funded research grants information

  • ESCoBox, funded by EPSRC, DfID and DECC. Research project developing a smart device for monitoring, billing, control and evolution of energy systems of income-generating capacity in the developing world. Dates: September 2013 – August 2016. Role: Principle Investigator.  International partners include Durham University, the University of Nairobi, the Institute for Development Studies, access:energy, bboxx, Practical Action and Ashden.
  • Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy (CASCADE), funded by EPSRC. Collaborative Research on smart grids. Dates: May 2010 – April 2013. Role: joined the project as a Senior Research Fellow in June 2011. Collaboration with Cranfield University.
  • Low Carbon Leicester, TSB-funded Future Cities feasibility study. Dates: August – November 2012. Role: Advisory. Collaborators: Leicester City Council.

Professional esteem indicators

  • IEEE DEST-CEE2012, November 2011 – May 2012, Deputy Track Chair
  • Annual International Conference & Exhibition on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, NEC, Birmingham, 2008 – 2010, Organising Committee member.
  • Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 2011, peer review
  • EPSRC, 2012, reviewing of research grant applications.

Case studies

 

 

 

Title of the case study

Hydrogen Future Study - HyFuture

Describe the Impact

(nature of the impact, how far reaching, beneficiaries, benefits)

Formed the basis of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association’s roadmap, now embedded in Scottish energy policy. Benefits to Scottish industry.

Impact indicator

(see list)

  • Progress towards sustainable development, including environmental sustainability
  • Better informed public policy-making or improved public services

Research which led to impact

(what, when conducted, who undertook)

Study undertaken by Dr Rupert Gammon and John Barton, while Directors of Bryte Energy Ltd, in collaboration with Orion Innovations LLP

References to key output (papers etc) which underpin impact

Hydrogen Future Study – HyFuture Report, May 2008

Scotland’s Hydrogen Future Study, All Energy, May 2008

HyFuture Stakeholders Workshop, July 2008

Evidence of impact

(external reports, statements, contact details of users which could corroborate the impact and/or the units contribution

Scottish Government’s Renewables Action Plan, 28 July 2009, and Updates: February 2010, August 2010, February 2011, March 2011

 

 

Title of the case study

British Midlands Hydrogen Forum

Describe the Impact

(nature of the impact, how far reaching, beneficiaries, benefits)

  • Regular contact with UK Government departments, underpinned by consensus building among hydrogen and fuel cell stakeholders, led to greater understanding in policy circles and reinvigoration of the sector
  • Led to creation of the UKHA (later the UK HFCA), Midlands Hydrogen Ring and UK-HyNet (the precursor to UK H2 Mobility)
  • Boosted international profile of the region and the UK in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector. Establishing the UK as a ‘fast follower’ (behind Japan, California and Germany).
  • Membership of 100+ individuals across 50+ companies and institutions
  • Beneficiaries: Hydrogen and fuel cell stakeholders in academia and industry. Also, job creation and quality of life benefits to wider community.

Impact indicator

(see list)

  • Delivering highly skilled people
  • Creating new businesses, improving the performance of existing businesses
  • Attracting R&D investment from global business
  • Progress towards sustainable development, including environmental sustainability
  • Better informed public policy-making
  • Cultural enrichment, including improved public engagement with science and research 

Research which led to impact

(what, when conducted, who undertook)

Research into the integration of hydrogen and renewable energy systems and whole-system energy modelling, undertaken by Rupert Gammon as a PhD student at CREST, Loughborough University, and while Director of Bryte Energy Ltd, 2001 – 2011, in collaboration with Dr John Barton (also a Director of Bryte Energy and an RA at CREST) and many others (e.g. Universities of Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham, Leicester, Loughborough, plus various companies)

References to key output (papers etc) which underpin impact

  • UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Response to the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s Consultation on Energy Security, March 2011
  • A new and compelling case for hydrogen – clean fuel from smart grids: a new green currency, UK HFCA presentation to Prof David MacKay (chief scientific adviser to DECC), October 2010
  • A new and compelling case for hydrogen – clean fuel from smart grids: a new green currency, UKHA presentation to DECC, May 2010
  • A Hydrogen Framework for the East Midlands, July 2010
  • Opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cells in the East Midlands, December 2009

Evidence of impact

(external reports, statements, contact details of users which could corroborate the impact and/or the units contribution

  • The Technology Strategy Board call, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen: Whole System Integration, announced in Sept 2011 indicated a significant shift within various Government Departments (e.g. DECC, DfT, BIS) in their perception of the hydrogen and fuel cell sector to align exactly with the view championed by the BMHF
  • Increased interest in the use of hydrogen and fuel cells in low-carbon transport 

 

 

Title of the case study

Future Energy Scenario Assessment (FESA) model

Describe the Impact

(nature of the impact, how far reaching, beneficiaries, benefits)

  • Enabled key insights into market evolution of hydrogen, fuel cell, smart grid, clean coal (with CCS), nuclear, low carbon transport, low-carbon heat and energy storage markets.
  • Led to greater understanding in policy circles and reinvigoration of hydrogen energy the sector.
  • Establishing Bryte Energy as a ‘thought leader’ in UK and abroad.
  • Guided technology development of several companies (Hydrogenics Corp, Axon Automotive, RE Hydrogen, etc)

Impact indicator

(see list)

  • Improving the performance of existing businesses
  • Commercialising new processes
  • Attracting R&D investment from global business
  • Progress towards sustainable development, including environmental sustainability
  • Better informed public policy-making

Research which led to impact

(what, when conducted, who undertook)

Research into the dynamic operation of integrated energy networks across power, heat and transport sectors in low carbon scenarios. Software model development carried out by Rupert Gammon as a PhD student at CREST, Loughborough University, and while Director of Bryte Energy Ltd, 2001 – 2011, in collaboration with Dr John Barton (also a Director of Bryte Energy and an RA at CREST)

References to key output (papers etc) which underpin impact

  • Barton, J., Gammon, R., (2010). The production of hydrogen fuel from renewable sources and its role in grid operations, Journal of Power Sources 195, No.24, pg8222-8235, issued in conjunction with the Eleventh Grove Fuel Cell Symposium, London 2009
  • Hydrogen Future Study – HyFuture Report, May 2008
  • Scotland’s Hydrogen Future Study, All Energy, May 2008
  • HyFuture Stakeholders Workshop, July 2008
  • UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Response to the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s Consultation on Energy Security, March 2011
  • A new and compelling case for hydrogen – clean fuel from smart grids: a new green currency, UK HFCA presentation to Prof David MacKay (chief scientific adviser to DECC), October 2010
  • A new and compelling case for hydrogen – clean fuel from smart grids: a new green currency, UKHA presentation to DECC, May 2010
  • A Hydrogen Framework for the East Midlands, July 2010
  • Opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cells in the East Midlands, December 2009

Evidence of impact

(external reports, statements, contact details of users which could corroborate the impact and/or the units contribution

  • The Technology Strategy Board call, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen: Whole System Integration, announced in Sept 2011 indicated a significant shift within various Government Departments (e.g. DECC, DfT, BIS) in their perception of the hydrogen and fuel cell sector to align exactly with the view championed by Bryte Energy.
  • Increased alignment of IEA Annex 24 group towards FESA findings

 

 

Title of the case study

Infrastructure and Renewables Group (now Infrastructure & Vehicles Group) of the London Hydrogen Partnership

Describe the Impact

(nature of the impact, how far reaching, beneficiaries, benefits)

  • Helped in the development of Mayor of London’s policy to promote hydrogen and fuel cells in the capital
  • When new Mayor drastically cut the existing programme, catalysed revival of programme at a more ambitious level
  • Benefits to the UK hydrogen and fuel cell sector and improvements in quality of life for Londoners

Impact indicator

(see list)

  • Improving the performance of existing businesses, commercialising new products and processes
  • Attracting R&D investment from global business
  • Progress towards sustainable development, including environmental sustainability
  • Better informed public policy-making and improved public services
  • Cultural enrichment, including improved public engagement with science and research

Research which led to impact

(what, when conducted, who undertook)

Research into the integration of hydrogen and renewable energy systems and whole-system energy modelling, undertaken by Rupert Gammon as a PhD student at CREST, Loughborough University, and while Director of Bryte Energy Ltd, 2001 – 2011

References to key output (papers etc) which underpin impact

 

Evidence of impact

(external reports, statements, contact details of users which could corroborate the impact and/or the units contribution

  • Delivering London’s Energy Future: the Mayor’s Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy, October 2011.
  • London Hydrogen Action Plan 2010 – 2012, 2010
  • Fleet of hydrogen powered buses, taxis and scooters, plus hydrogen refuelling station, in operation ahead of Olympics

 

 

Title of the case study

Annex 24 (Wind Energy and Hydrogen Integration) of the International Energy Agency’s Hydrogen Implementing Agreement

Describe the Impact

(nature of the impact, how far reaching, beneficiaries, benefits)

  • Substantial advances in the understanding of hydrogen’s role as an energy storage medium in low-carbon economies. Consensus building among international experts in this field.
  • Convergence of opinion in international expert group to align with Bryte Energy’s view, thus establishing it as a ‘thought leader’ in UK and abroad
  • Helped guide technology development of several companies (Hydrogenics Corp, IHT, NEL Hydrogen, CENER, NEL Hydrogen, Gas Natural, etc)

Impact indicator

(see list)

  • Delivering highly skilled people
  • Improving the performance of existing businesses
  • Commercialising new products and processes
  • Attracting R&D investment from global business
  • Progress towards sustainable development, including environmental sustainability
  • Better informed public policy-making and improved public services

Research which led to impact

(what, when conducted, who undertook)

  • Investigated a central feature of low carbon energy networks: i.e. grid balancing for renewable generation (wind power) with controllable loads (electrolysers). Drew on international expertise and real world experience of partners.

References to key output (papers etc) which underpin impact

  • I. Aso, Applications. Emphasis on wind energy management, IEA-HIA Task 24 Wind Energy and Hydrogen Integration. Sub-Task D, Hyceltec 2011, June 2011
  • Task 24: Wind Energy & Hydrogen Integration, 17th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, June 2008

Evidence of impact

(external reports, statements, contact details of users which could corroborate the impact and/or the units contribution

 

Media appearances:

  • Interviewed on Channel 4 News (12 April 2005) in relation to Government energy policy
  • Featured in Fuel Cell Today newsletter (12 October 2011) providing an ‘analyst view’ on hydrogen and smart grids
  • Interviewed on Radio Leicester (27 December 2012) about the My Electric Avenue project
  • Leicester Mercury report (25 September 2008) on the launch of the Loughborough University Hydrogen Vehicle Refuelling Station.

 

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