Led by Professor John Currie, the Scottish Energy Centre has a pre-eminent record in the development of renewable energy systems and sustainable design in construction.
Founded in 1984 as a portal for research, knowledge transfer and expert services activity in the energy sector the portfolio of activities have expanded to help support commerce and industry in meeting the challenges of recent energy price increases and government initiatives and statutory requirements.
Staff from within the SEC have contributed at international level within the professions (Energy Institute, Engineering Council) and public sector (Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, Scottish Ecological Design Association) to help ensure full realisation of climate change emission reduction targets within a sustainable energy delivery programme.
A team of researchers are involved in developing low and zero carbon technologies including wind, micro-hydro, biomass, CHP, fuel cell and solar energy, and the SEC has a unique position in the market for provision of commercial technical support services, with specific strengths in the field of energy diagnostics and modelling and renewables integration.
Established and identifiable expertise exists in the following areas:
- energy and environmental auditing/assessment
- energy monitoring and modelling of systems
- renewable systems design and integration
- thermal performance assessment of buildings and materials
- building performance evaluation, modelling building with in-situ measured values
- post-occupany evaluation
- dynamic and numerical thermal simulation modelling
Professor John Currie
Head of Centre
John Currie is Director of the Scottish Energy Centre at Edinburgh Napier University and Fellow and Chairman of the Energy Institute in Scotland. A Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice John was formerly Chief Engineer with Carlsberg Tetley Brewing.
Widely published, his research interests currently include improving building energy & environmental performance, monitoring and modelling pollution in the urban environment, and the development of novel renewable energy technologies. He presently Co-Chairs the Scotland 2020 Climate Group, recently launching ‘Retrofit Scotland’, and sits on the Engineering Accreditation Board of the Engineering Council.
Julio is a Lecturer in Architectural Technology and Building Performance at Edinburgh Napier University School of Engineering and the Built Environment. He is an architect graduated from the School of Architecture at the Marista University in Mexico City and holds an MSc in Energy Efficient Building (distinction) from Oxford Brookes University. He has been a Chartered Mexican Architect since 2003.
Julio is also a Director at the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA). Most recently he has contributed to the research section of the association, responding to government consultations and sourcing research funded projects. Julio is also an active member of Scotland 2020 Climate Group as an advisor to the Scottish Government.
Graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2007 with an honours degree in Architectural Technology. He joined Scottish Energy Centre at Edinburgh Napier University as a research assistant after completing a research degree in low carbon strategies and SMART technology. During this time he was involved with monitoring the impact of energy awareness technology on the social and behavioural aspects of domestic energy use, addressing fuel poverty and the carbon reduction agenda. Jon currently works in the field of thermal performance of historic buildings and performance evaluation of newly built low and zero carbon homes.
Educated in Energy Engineering at Université Joseph Fourier, Gren oble, France and Edinburgh Napier University Céline is a Lecturer in Energy, Environment and Sustainability. Specialist in investigating an integrated collector solar water heater for the Scottish climate, Céline brings a range of technical and analytical skills to the Centre including the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling and simulation techniques supported by a range of empirical testing methods and experience of field testing energy systems.
Dr Tom Grassie
Dr Grassie is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University. Educated in Energy Engineering, Tom leads research in developing freeze-tolerant solar water heating systems, optimisation of solar air heating systems for biomass drying and low temperature differential Stirling engine design. He has expertise in developing and testing low and zero carbon technologies (LZCT) for cost effective practical applications and in the analysis of thermal engineering systems.