Tim Cockerill

Professor of Efficient Energy Utilisation
Centre for Integrated Energy Research
University of Leeds

Email: t.cockerill (at) leeds.ac.uk
Tel: +44-113-343-7678

Research Interests

I am an engineer by background, but have branched out to consider those elements of economics and social science that are relevant to the transition to a sustainable energy system. My core research develops whole systems models of energy technologies, and then uses those models to inform both technology development and policy decisions.  I work across a wide range of energy technologies, though to date most projects have focussed on wind, carbon capture and storage, and energy storage. Two recent examples are an investigation of how to minimise greenhouse gas emissions from CCS plant on a whole lifecycle basis, and a study of the techno-economics of future electricity storage technologies.  More details are available in my list of funded projects.

Publications by Area

Teaching Experience

I have an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary energy teaching, having directed Reading’s MSc in Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability,
and been one third of the management team for Imperial’s MSc in Environmental Technology. I have developed innovative interdisciplinary teaching
in energy since 1996, and have made major contributions to MScs everywhere I have worked. I have successfully supervised more than 150 MSc

Experimental Activities

This section contains (slowly) evolving links to a range of things I am experimenting with. Please keep in mind that these are experimental -in other words they are not necessarily complete and may not have full explanations. Nevertheless I am interested in any feedback.

Visualising GB Electricity Data

I collect realtime electricity generation data at 5 minute intervals from bm reports. This is used for a number of research purposes, in particular as input to models that explore the effect of making changes to the British energy supply system. The data has the potential to give some real insight into the way we produce and use energy, but it is difficult to digest in its raw form. In an effort to draw understanding from this data I've been experimenting with ways of visualising and interpreting it in near real time. This section of the website provides some visualisations that get updated with the past 24 hours data once a day at about 2300 GMT.

Brief career history

Senior Lecturer in Energy Policy & Technology (2008-2013)
Centre for Environmental Policy,
Imperial College London

Lecturer in Renewable Energy (2004-2008)
School of Construction Management and Engineering
University of Reading

Research Fellow in Renewable Energy (1996-2004)
School of Environment / School of Sciences
University of Sunderland

Research Student (1991-1995)
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge