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Matthew’s primary role is to provide support to a wide range of consulting projects related to various distributed energy topics: from heat-pumps, to fuels cells, to biomass heat and energy generation. In addition to consultancy work, Matthew is a core part of Delta’s microgrids research team. He is based at Delta Energy and Environment’s new Cambridge office.
Matthew holds an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development (distinction) from the University of Cambridge as well as MSc(Eng) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. His undergraduate degree was in Chemical Engineering (distinction) also from the University of Cape Town. Matthew is a registered member of the UK Energy Institute and UK Society of Environmental Engineers.
Delta-ee recently carried out a study for the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to identify the current costs of domestic heating appliances.
The purpose of this study was to inform BEIS’ internal strategy and policymaking decisions.
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Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) is working with Delta-ee to develop a database of innovative UK companies, with overseas export potential, that are active in the smart power, district heating and distributed power sectors.
Taking a closer look at the UK wood pellet market – as part of a study we carried out for BEIS earlier this year.
Delta-ee’s recent study for the UK Government looking at the current and future costs of biomass wood pellets got me thinking about how biomass fares as a genuine low-carbon heating solution for the UK.
The UK Committee on Climate Change states, “Decarbonising space and water heating is one of the biggest challenges for carbon budgets” - currently only 2% of buildings derive heat from low-carbon sources. This number needs to be a lot higher if the UK is to achieve its overall ambitious carbon reduction targets, but which low-carbon technology is best? Is biomass a key part of the solution for low-carbon heating in the UK?
With an increasingly distributed energy system, rapidly falling energy storage costs, and a growing demand for flexibility and energy autonomy, microgrids are fast becoming a key topic of commercial relevance in many global markets. In short, microgrids are one of the hottest topics in the industry right now - and key players don’t want to be left out.
This post reflects on the findings that emerged from the three polls we conducted during our recent 'Microgrids are coming - how can you benefit?' webinar. With the highest number of registrants a Delta-ee webinar has ever had, this in itself says a lot about the level of interest surrounding the topic. If you missed the webinar, it is available to watch again on YouTube here.
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