John Currie

John Currie

Prof John Currie CEng FEI MASHRAE EurIng

Professor

Biography

John is a Chartered Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice. Formerly Chief Engineer with Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing, John has represented the Industry at national level to bring about significant reductions in energy utilisation. He is Director of the Scottish Energy Centre in the School of Engineering and Built Environment where he has secured significant levels of external funding (EPSRC, Innovate UK, FP7, ETP) helping to support innovative products, processes and supply chain initiatives across UK industry. The main focus of his research interests include monitoring and modelling building performance, process energy optimisation and the development of novel and innovative renewable energy systems and successfully directed 13PhD/MPhil completions and published over 60 refereed articles.

John retains strong professional links with external organisations and is a Fellow, Member of Council, and Past Chairman of the Energy Institute, Board Member of the Energy Technology Partnership, Chairman of the Energy Institute Accreditation Panel, and Member of the Engineering Council - Engineering Accreditation Board, Co-Chairman of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and founder of Retrofit Scotland. As well as chairing numerous academic accreditation panels, both in the UK and abroad, John holds current External Examination posts with London South Bank University and Heriot Watt University and has examined 14 PhD candidates.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Board Member - Energy Technology Partnership
  • Member of Council - The Energy Institute
  • Member of Energy Institute Professional Affairs Committee
  • Member of the Engineering Accreditation Board, Engineering Council
  • Advertising Standards Agency - Expert
  • CIBSE - Member of Solar Data Task Group
  • CIOB - Subject Examiner, Building Services Engineering
  • Co-Chairman of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group for the Built Environment
  • Chairman – The Energy Institute
  • Chairman - The Institute of Energy
  • Chairman – Energy Institute Accreditation Panel
  • Founder and Board Member – Retrofit Scotland

 

Conference Activity

  • Invited speaker on subject of “Energy for Craft Distillers”, UK Craft Distillers Conference, 5th and 6th October 2015, Pitlochry.
  • Invited presentation to COST Action TU1205 “Building Integration of Solar Thermal Systems (BISTS)”, Barcelona, on 4th April 2016
  • Invited speaker at All-Energy Conference on “How academia can help businesses improve their sustainability and energy efficiency”, Glasgow International Conference Centre, 5th May 2016
  • Invited Speaker at Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Conference, Glasgow, 2012
  • Invited speaker at BASE Glasgow Conference, SECC, 2013
  • Invited speaker at Historic Scotland Retrofit Conference, Glasgow, 2012
  • Invited speaker at Going4Growth 2010 Annual Conference, Newtown St Boswells
  • Invited speaker at Going4Growth 2011 Annual Conference, Inverness
  • Presented paper on "Sunspace Augmented Positive Input Ventilation of Buildings" at EuroSun, Glasgow, 2006
  • "The Use of an Environmental Assessment Tool in Healthcare Buildings", World Sustainable Building Conference, Tokyo
  • Presented papers on "Monitoring Pollutants in Occupied Spaces" and "Human exposure to particulate and gaseous pollutants in a bar", Healthy Buildings, Singapore, 2003
  • Keynote paper presented on "Evaluation of Ventilation Performance in Public Spaces", European Conference on Smoke Free Workplaces, Berlin
  • Paper presented on "An Integrated Approach to Street Canyon Pollution Modelling, Urban Air Quality: Measurement, Modelling and Management", International Conference on Urban Air Quality, Madrid, 1999
  • Presented paper on "Indoor Air Quality - the Assessment of Public Spaces", CIB W70 International Symposium on Useroriented and Cost Effective Management, Maintenance and Modernization of Building Facilities, Helsinki.
  • Presented paper on "Road Traffic Pollution and its Effect on the Internal Environment of Buildings", European Conference on Energy Performance and Indoor Climate in Buildings, Lyon 1998
  • Paper presented on "Breathing Sunshine into Scottish Housing", EuroSun’96, Freiburg.
  • Paper presented on "Evaluation of Ventilation System Performance in Public Spaces", 17th AIVC Annual Conference, Gothenburg
  • Presented paper on "Air Quality in Public Houses - Monitoring and Modelling", Healthy Buildings ‘95, Milan
  • Paper presented on "Air Quality Problems in UK Public Houses - A strategy for improvement", 2nd International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings, Montreal.
  • Paper presented on "Investigation of Air Quality Problems in UK Public Houses", European Conference on Energy Performance & Indoor Climate in Buildings, Lyon.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • UCL Bartlett School - Validation/Quality Review
  • Ulster University - Validation
  • External Examiner - Heriot Watt University
  • External Examiner – London South Bank University
  • External Examiner - University of Highlands and Islands
  • External Examiner - University of Strathclyde
  • External Examiner - Glasgow Caledonian University
  • External Examiner - Cork Institute of Technology

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Energy Institute
  • Award of Council - The Energy Institute
  • Principal's Award - Edinburgh Napier University
  • Runner-up and Highly Commended at the national Green Gown Awards the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice in the university and learning and skills sector, attracting over 175 entries
  • John Napier Memorial Medal

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Scottish Government Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme Panel Member

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Peer reviewer for Research Council of Norway
  • Peer reviewer for AHRC
  • Peer Reviewer for EPSRC

 

Invited Speaker

  • Asset Management and Maintenance Practice Exchange
  • Interface Sustainable Design Retrofit and Resource Efficiency Measures Workshop
  • Keynote Speaker, HILinks Small Business Seminar, Environment Research Institute, Thurso.
  • Hong Kong British Consulate General and British Chamber of Commerce
  • Edinburgh International Science Festival on the topic of “Zero Carbon Buildings of the Future”
  • All-Energy Conference on “How academia can help businesses improve their sustainability and energy efficiency”,
  • Interface Food & Drink Showcase – ‘Food from Thought’
  • UK Craft Distillers Conference, “Energy for Craft Distillers”
  • Keynote Speaker, HILinks Small Business Seminar, “Small Scale Renewables and your Business”, Benbecula.
  • Invited Speaker, Greenspace Research, Low Carbon Campus Summer School, Lews Castle College, Stornoway.
  • Invited Speaker, HIE HIEnergy Seminar, Building Integrated Renewables, Ardfern.
  • Invited Speaker, Shanghai Normal University, simultaneously translated keynote speech to 350 undergraduate students.

 

Media Activity

  • Chaired the 1989 Institute of Energy Young Engineers’ competition as part of the very 1st Edinburgh International Science Festival and adjudicated by Professor Heinz Wolff, the eminent bioengineering academic and presenter of “The Great Egg Race”.
  • Chaired the 1999 Scottish Energy Lecture entitled “Energy Tax – Opportunity or Threat?” at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which received widespread media coverage
  • Launch of Scottish Energy Centre joint venture with Windsave Ltd by Michael Russell MSP and University Principal at Craighouse Campus
  • Co-chaired the 2002 Scottish Energy Debate ‘The Energy Gap’ with Louise Batchelor and held at the Glasgow Science Centre
  • Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards. Adjudicator and presenter of award for Green Business of the Year; sponsored by Edinburgh Napier University. 29th March 2012, Prestonfield House
  • Chaired “Energy Review 2014 - What should a set of energy New Year’s resolutions look like?”” event with invited keynote speaker Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of SSE and Chairman of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, to over 150 invited guests at Edinburgh Napier University on 14th January 2015
  • Hosted Government Fuel Poverty Forum at Edinburgh Napier University with Rt. Hon Michael Moore MP, Scottish Secretary, Rt. Hon Ed Davie MP, Minister for Energy, Margaret Burgess MSP, Housing Minister and representatives from all major utility companies on 24th January 2013
  • Opening of ERACO (European Large-scale Retrofit Project) STAR (Sustainable Thermal and Acoustic Retrofit) test house with Scottish Minister Angela Constance MSP at BRE Ravenscraig on 21st May 2014
  • 2008 Korean Television documentary on Zero Carbon Housing featuring an interview and footage of the Scottish Energy Centre and the renewable energy technologies located at Merchiston Campus

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD Examiner - Russell Pepper, University of Strathclyde, PhD
  • External Examiner - Ugonna Mbaezue, University of Strathclyde, MPhil
  • PhD Examiner - George Loumakis, Glasgow Caledonian University, PhD
  • PhD Examiner - Albert Kotawoke Awopone, Brunel University, PhD
  • PhD Examiner - Farajallah Abduallah Alrashed, Glasgow Caledonian University, PhD
  • External Examiner - Lucas Lira, University of Strathclyde, MPhil
  • External Examiner - Iain Macpherson, University of Highlands & Islands, MRes
  • PhD Examiner - Joseph Murray, Glasgow Caledonian University, PhD
  • External Examiner - Faisal F. Aljawabra, Heriot Watt University, MPhil

 

Reviewing

  • Peer reviewer for Journal of Building Engineering
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of Building Research & Innovation
  • Peer reviewer for AHRC Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) call
  • Reviewer for Journal articles submitted to Energy and Buildings
  • Reviewer for journal articles submitted to the Journal of Thermal Biology
  • Reviewer for journal articles submitted to Energies Journal
  • Reviewer for journal articles submitted to International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment

 

Spin-outs and Licences

  • Patent No. 02745632.6-2301-GB0203247

 

Date


93 results

Increased metabolic rate of hauled out harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) during the molt

Journal Article
Paterson, W. D., Moss, S. E., Ryan, M., Currie, J., McCafferty, D. J., & Thompson, D. (2021)
Increased metabolic rate of hauled out harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) during the molt. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 94(3), https://doi.org/10.1086/713958
Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) live in cold temperate or polar seas and molt annually, renewing their fur over a period of approximately four weeks. Epidermal processes at this...

Historic Environment Scotland Technical Paper 34: Energy consumption and behaviour profiles for eight traditionally built dwellings

Report
Stinson, J., Bros Williamson, J., Garnier, C., & Currie, J. (2020)
Historic Environment Scotland Technical Paper 34: Energy consumption and behaviour profiles for eight traditionally built dwellings. Edinburgh: Historic Environment Scotland
Over the last decade, there has been an increased awareness of the need to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of Scotland’s building stock and to fulfl obligatio...

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2020

Exhibition / Performance
Brechin, S., & Currie, J. Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2020. [Musical Performance]. Performed at Princes Street Gardens. 31 December 2019 - 1 January 2020. (Unpublished)

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Brechin, S., & Currie, J. Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2020. [Musical Performance]. Performed at Princes Street Gardens. 31 December 2019 - 1 January 2020. (Unpublished
One of the official events at Edinburgh's Hogmanay, this traditional ceilidh dance for thousands is held annually in the West End of West Princes Street Garden under the castl...

Post-disturbance haulout behaviour of harbour seals

Journal Article
Paterson, W. D., Russell, D. J., Wu, G., McConnell, B., Currie, J. I., McCafferty, D. J., & Thompson, D. (2019)
Post-disturbance haulout behaviour of harbour seals. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29(S1), 144-156. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3092
1. The impact of anthropogenic activity associated with the construction of a proposed tidal turbine on harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) was investigated using controlled distur...

Edinburgh Climate Festival 2019 - Sandy Brechin Band

Exhibition / Performance
Currie, J., & Brechin, S. Edinburgh Climate Festival 2019 - Sandy Brechin Band. 6 July 2019. (Unpublished)

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Currie, J., & Brechin, S. Edinburgh Climate Festival 2019 - Sandy Brechin Band. 6 July 2019. (Unpublished
The Edinburgh Climate Festival is a free, family friendly & community-led event taking place for the first time in the Meadows on Saturday 6th July. It aims at celebrating and...

'Foxy Laddie' - The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience

Digital Artefact
Currie, J., & Brechin, S. (2019)
'Foxy Laddie' - The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience

Whole-life design and resource reuse of a solar water heater in the UK

Journal Article
Saint, R. M., Pomponi, F., Garnier, C., & Currie, J. I. (2019)
Whole-life design and resource reuse of a solar water heater in the UK. Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability, 172(3), 153-164. https://doi.org/10.1680/jensu.17.00068
Passive solar systems are often designed primarily with efficiency in mind, and research efforts are concentrated towards gaining an increase in performance. However, due to t...

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2019

Exhibition / Performance
Brechin, S., & Currie, J. Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2019. 31 December 2018 - 31 December 2018

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Brechin, S., & Currie, J. Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2019. 31 December 2018 - 31 December 2018
Experience the best of Scotland at the Ceilidh under the Castle. Whirl or jig, fling or be flung under Edinburgh Castle. Join hands with old friends and new to dance in the Ne...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe - The Sandy Brechin Band

Exhibition / Performance
Brechin, S., & Currie, J. Edinburgh Festival Fringe - The Sandy Brechin Band. 4 August 2018 - 4 August 2018

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Brechin, S., & Currie, J. Edinburgh Festival Fringe - The Sandy Brechin Band. 4 August 2018 - 4 August 2018
The wild man of Scottish accordion is back with his tip-top tunes, frighteningly fast fingering and hilarious hi-jinks and humour, accompanied by his groovin' five-piece band....

Thermal Performance through Heat Retention in Integrated Collector-Storage Solar Water Heaters: A Review

Journal Article
Saint, R. M., Garnier, C., Pomponi, F., & Currie, J. (2018)
Thermal Performance through Heat Retention in Integrated Collector-Storage Solar Water Heaters: A Review. Energies, 11(6), 1615. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11061615
Solar thermal systems are a long-standing technology that is receiving increased attention, in terms of research and development, due to ambitious climate change targets and t...

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Xibin Yu, University of Glasgow, ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme
  • Vincenzo Ortisi (PhD) - University of Highlands and Islands
  • John MacBeth (PhD) - University of Highlands and Islands
  • William Paterson (PhD) - Univesity of St. Andrews
  • Joseph Amoako-Attah (PhD) - University of West London