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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Professor Alan Lowdon

Alan has over 30 years' experience of the international energy and water sectors having worked in major corporations such as NEI/Rolls Royce Industrial Power, PB Power, British Gas, Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, Shell, Mott MacDonald and Sinclair Knight Merz. In addition, Alan has also held the position of Managing Director for two university spin-out companies, and also spent 4 years as Director of R&D Programmes for ITI Energy, Aberdeen where he was responsible for the identification, development and commercialisation of a £35M portfolio of energy technology investments. Alan was also previously Director of Technology & Innovation at Narec (now the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult) where he was principally involved in research and technology development and IP commercialisation within the wind and marine renewables sectors, offshore wind in particular.

Alan currently operates a broad portfolio of interests of an executive, non-executive and advisory nature, including holding the CEO position at asset inspection start-up business, Invisotech, the role of Cleantech Dealmaker for the UK Department of International Trade's Global Entrepreneur Programme and is an Associate at Carbon Limiting Technologies. Alan also advises the UK Government’s innovation agency (Innovate UK) and the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab., and holds non-executive director positions at the Port of Blyth, NOF Energy, the Innovation Board of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (as Chairman) and innovation consultancy, Ed/ge Ltd.

Alan holds BSc (Hons:1), MSc and PhD degrees in Applied/Engineering Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Durham. Alan is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In October, 2011, Alan was appointed Visiting Professor in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham, a role he dovetails with his Durham Energy Institute Chair of the Advisory Board position.