Scottish Energy Centre

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.

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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-Occupancy Evaluation & Performance gap
  • Dynamic and numerical thermal simulation modelling
  • Carbon Neutral and Net Zero strategies for built environment
  • Wastewater Heat Recovery System / Large Scale Heat Pumps
  • 4th and 5th Generation District Heating (4GDH and 5GDH)
  • Low temperature heat supply
  • Indoor Air Quality / Indoor Environment Quality

Professor John Currie

Head of Centre

Portrait of John Currie of the Scottish Energy CentreJohn 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 Bros-Williamson

Portrait of Julio Bros Williamson of the Scottish Energy CentreJulio is a Chartered Architect (Mexico) with over 15 years’ experience in teaching, research, and practice. Formerly a self-employed Architect in Mexico, he has been involved in the design and construction of new and refurbished buildings. As a Research Fellow he has secured significant external funding helping to support innovative products, processes, and supply chain initiatives across the Scottish SME sector. 

The main focus of his research interests include: monitoring and modelling building performance for new and refurbishment projects, building energy efficiency, environmental design and resilience. Julio is a trained BREEAM and Passivhaus designer (CEPH) and retains strong professional links with external organisations such as Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) being a Director and former Treasurer.

Jon Stinson

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.

Antoine Reguis

Portrait of Antoine Reguis of the Scottish Energy centreAntoine holds an MRes in Energy, Civil Engineering and Building Physics from INSA Lyon (France) and an MBA from IAE Aix-en-Provence (France). After a career in education and the property market in France, Antoine came back to energy related activities and joined the Scottish Energy Centre in 2017. Antoine worked on various project including a KTP with The City of Edinburgh Council to develop a strategy to reach 2050’s carbon reduction target for the Council’s public buildings. This work was a key contributor to the move towards the adoption of Passivhaus standard for all new schools in Edinburgh. 

Antoine is teaching Msc Renewable Energy Finance and his current projects are focused on the connection of Scottish Public Buildings to 4th Generation Heat Networks (PhD), Performance of Wastewater Heat Recovery Systems and Carbon Neutral Strategies for local authorities.