We are a group of researchers who are passionate about energy and environmental issues, and are dedicated to using our problem solving skills to make a positive contribution to global sustainability.
Dr Edward Barbour, lecturer in energy systems, group lead
Dr Barbour joined Loughborough University in January 2019, as part of the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering and the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST). An early career academic, he is excited to lead the Energy Systems and Energy Storage lab (ESESlab) at Loughborough. The ESESlab is an interdisciplinary group that develops multi-scale, data-driven energy models to identify least-cost methods of decarbonising energy systems and researches novel thermomechanical energy storage technologies (with a particular focus on compressed air energy storage systems).
Dr Barbour has previously worked as a postdoc in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as a member of Prof Marta Gonzalez's systems group, and the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage at the University of Birmingham. Originally trained as a physicist at Hertford College, Oxford, he did his PhD at the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Energy Systems. He has published papers in several leading international energy journals, including Applied Energy, Nature Communications, Energy & Environmental Science and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. In his spare time he enjoys rockclimbing and cycling.
Daniel Leon Ferreira Pottie, PhD student
Daniel Pottie is a mechanical engineer graduated from Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where he also obtained his master’s degree in late 2019, studying alternative solutions to Compressed Air Energy Storage systems. During the time of his CAES research, Daniel was part of LABTERM, a national reference on thermal imaging, organic photovoltaics and energy storage research. In October 2019, Mr. Pottie joined Dr. Barbour’s team at Loughborough University as a PhD student, researching and developing a novel Adiabatic Isobaric Compressed Air Energy Storage System. In his spare time, Mr. Pottie plays the bass and listen to music.
Charles McGowan, PhD student
Charles McGowan graduated from the university of Cardiff in 2018 with a degree in physics, his project during this time focused on photovoltaic modelling. He later joined Dr Barbour’s team at the university of Loughborough in 2019 and his PhD research area is in modelling low carbon pathways towards heat decarbonisation. In his spare time, he enjoys playing pool and snooker.