I joined Aston University in Jan 2010 into Engineering and Applied Science. I currently work in the Power Systems and Power Electronic Group.
Prior to joining Aston University, I had obtained over 10 years experience in industry working at both Rolls Royce and Eon as an Engineer. I also have 3 years academic experience having held a Daphne Jackson Fellowship at Sheffield University and an RA position at Cambridge University.
Qualifications & Education
- BEng with First Class Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Heriot Watt University 1991
- PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge, 1995
- 2004 - 2010: Rolls Royce Fuel Cell Systems Ltd
- 2002 - 2004: The University of Sheffield (Research Fellow)
- 1997 - 2001: Power Technology Centre, Powergen (now Eon)
I lecture on the Foundation degree program at Aston dealing with the Generation Modules. In particular, I am module leader for the characteristics of generation and control of generation modules.
I’m primarily interested in the role of power electronics as it relates to the electricity grid. In particular, I’m interested in how the smart grid develops and the technical challenges underlying the security of supply around this. My interests also include the energy storage issues relating to including battery systems on the grid including those in electric vehicles and their potential to provide frequency response and voltage support.
Key areas of interest within the research group are in the stability and protection of power systems, energy utilisation and efficiency, power electronic converters and devices, and the modelling and simulation of power electronic systems.
I’m currently on the organising committee for EPE
which is the largest conference for Power Electronics in Europe. If you’d like more details please don’t hesitate to contact me
Recent research funding
Prior to joining Aston University I was a collaborator on several
big grants including the following where I mostly managed the technical
aspects from an electrical power and controls aspect:
DOE funding in collaboration US Utility (DTE) for
the development of advanced Distributed Energy Resource (DER) systems
using low cost power electronics to connect fuel cell power stations at
distribution level networks (DE-FC02-06CH11347).
EU Framework 6 grant: European Integrated project
LARGESOFC: “Towards a Large SOFC Power Plant” lasted for three years,
and it was started on January 1, 2007. Total budget of the project was
EUR 11 million. (My role was looking into the control system
development and including some prognostic and diagnostic work).
Available to supervise PhD students
Membership of Professional Bodies
Recent publications prior top starting at Aston include:
- D Strickland, D Nicholls
and J Campbell, "Interfacing a fuel cell to an electricity grid'', Ohio
Fuel Cell Symposium on May 13-14 2008, Invited speaker
Nichols, G Agnew, D Strickland, "Application and outlook status of the
Rolls Royce Fuel Cell System SOFC'', IEEE, PES July 2008, Invited paper