About the author: Edward Barbour

Contact me: e.barbour@energystoragesense.com

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Marta Gonzalez’s Human Mobility and Networks Lab in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and have been working here since November 2015. Prior to this I was a postdoc at the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, at the University of Birmingham, UK (under the supervision of Prof Yulong Ding and Dr Jonathan Radcliffe). My current research is mainly focused on the effects of distributed energy resources, especially solar PV systems coupled with energy storage and microgrids. The principal aim of this research is to improve our understanding of how these distributed energy resources can form integral parts of future sustainable electricity systems. Using a bottom-up data-driven approach I develop simulations of coupled solar-PV/energy-storage systems embedded in the distribution network across an urban scale, whilst preserving the heterogeneous nature of urban energy consumption. We believe that the results of these simulations will be of interest to technology developers, policy-makers and the smart grid development community in general.

Previously my work involved developing techno-economic models of energy storage, considering both the technical characteristics of the storage devices as well as the different electricity market mechanisms that can be used to generate revenue streams. I am also interested in electricity markets, energy policy and Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES), especially in advanced fuel-less CAES systems and continue to further my research in these areas.

I have also carried out research on solar energy, wind energy and climate change at the University of Edinburgh with Prof. Gareth Harrison, investigating how the future solar and wind resources will change as a result of climate change.

I did my PhD at the Institute for Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh, under the supervision of Professor Ian Bryden. During this time I carried out research in the fields of tidal energy, adiabatic CAES and energy storage economics. More specifically this involved the construction of a lab-scale A-CAES experimental rig which I then tested against analytical and numerical thermodynamic models, the development of a techno-economic energy storage model and investigating the potential coupling of tidal energy converters with energy storage.

I have Physics master’s degree from Hertford College, University of Oxford.

Edward Barbour

Other Interests

Rock-climbing.