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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Dr Andrew Crossland MIET

Dr Andrew Crossland received his PhD from Durham University in 2014 having researched the impact of distributed energy storage on the power system. His work showed multi-million pound savings for network operators if residential storage batteries (such as Tesla’s Powerwall or LG’s RESU) were widely adopted.

From there he moved to a position with Network Rail working on whole life cost analysis of upgrades to electrification of the East Coast Mainline. Andrew has subsequently worked for Solarcentury since 2016, looking at hybrid energy systems. His work ranges from the selection of residential energy storage products in the UK to the design of microgrids and large battery systems in remote areas of East Africa. He regularly contributes to the IET committee for Codes of Practice on Energy Storage and the STA’s Committee on rooftop PV and storage.

Andrew is primarily interested in combining his engineering skills with the social side of energy. He completed socio-technical research into off-grid systems in East Africa which showed how a combination of social (e.g. a concept that solar energy is free) and technical factors were contributing to poor performance of off-grid systems in the region.

He also runs the grid charting and simulation website/Twitter feed ‘MyGridGB’ which aims to inform the public about our changing electricity system and stimulate energy debate using verifiable numbers.