Dr Peter Boait

Job: Senior Research Fellow

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

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

Address: IESD, Queens Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH UK

T: +44 (0)116 257 7971

E: p.boait@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/iesd


Research group affiliations

Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development

Research interests/expertise

Energy management and control systems particularly for the domestic environment

Smart home / Smart grid integration

Novel forms of domestic energy conversion appliances such as heat pumps and micro CHP

Energy services as a business model for low carbon transition


B.Sc Electronic Engineering, Southampton University, 1968-71

Ph.D Energy Systems, De Montfort University, 2004-08

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member Institution of Engineering and Technology

Professional licences and certificates

Chartered Engineer

Conference attendance

COBEE 13-16 July 2008 Dalian, China. Paper “Self-configuring Domestic Energy Management System”. Self funded.

CIRED 8-11 June 2009 Prague. Paper “Smart Metering of Renewable Microgenerators by Output Pattern Recognition”.  Funded by CCC (EPSRC/Eon).

CIRED 6-9 June 2011 Frankfurt, Paper “Electrical load characteristics of domestic heat pumps and scope for demand side management”. Funded by CCC (EPSRC/Eon)

Consultancy work

Ofgem consultancy 1/08/2009-1/11/2009 on energy services – report published on Ofgem website

EA Technology consultancy 1/05/2011-31/12/2011 on detection and capacity estimation of distributed generation on distribution networks.

Externally funded research grants information

2009 - 2012 Carbon, Comfort & Control (CCC). Funded by EPSRC and Eon plc. Collaborators: Leeds Met, Loughborough, UCL, Greenwich, Durham, Eon.

2010 - 2013 Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy (CASCADE). Funded by EPSRC. Collaborators: Cranfield

Published patents

Electronic control units for central heating systems - Automatic setting of heating times using Bayesian inferencing from electrical load and lifestyle setting - GB2432016 - 4 Nov 2005 - Granted 6 Nov 2007
Apparatus and methods for metering of renewable energy devices - Metering of renewable and CHP electricity generators by time and frequency domain pattern matching - GB2446530 - 8 Feb 2007 - Granted 11 March 2009
Apparatus and methods for energy output prediction of renewable energy devices - Prediction of the output energy of renewable and CHP devices - GB2446972 - 8 Feb 2007 - Granted 31 March 2009
Apparatus and methods for automatic recognition, metering, and output prediction of renewable energy sources - Automatic recognition of renewable energy sources by time and frequency domain pattern matching - GB2446418 - 8 Feb 2007 - Granted 31 March 2009
Energy management system - Energy management system using the all the data capture and optimisation methods covered by the 4 earlier patents - GB2448896 - 2 May 2007 - Granted 21 April 2009


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