Dr Phil Coker is a chartered Mechanical Engineer, whose career to date has been split equally between academia and the UK energy industry. His research explores the challenges of variability as we integrate ever higher levels of renewable energy in our energy systems. This combines with teaching across low carbon infrastructure, carbon management and wider sustainability principles. Phil’s return to academia followed 15 years in the UK gas industry as an engineer, manager and consultant.
Phil completed his PhD, Assessing the variability of UK renewables, at the University of Reading, in 2011. Since then, his work has developed from characterising patterns in energy supply, through analysing areas of critical concern for energy systems, to exploring solutions such as demand response, energy storage, electric vehicle integration and hydrogen applications. Industry relevance has remained paramount and projects have involved partners including energy companies, energy users and solutions providers.
Associate Professor, University of Reading