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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute



DEI is delighted to welcome Professor Tony Roskilly and his research team to Durham University

(29 November 2019)

DEI are delighted to announce that Professor Tony Roskilly has joined Durham’s Department of Engineering from Newcastle University as Professor of Energy Systems. 

Professor Roskilly has over 30 years’ experience in the design, control, and operational optimisation of energy systems and manages a very large research team who have also joined him at Durham University.

One of the projects Tony will be leading at Durham is the recently announced Network-H2 project, a national research project to decarbonise transport through hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and technology.

Tony will also be joining DEI’s Heat Hub network which brings together heat research and heat decarbonisation initiatives across the North East to support the transition away from fossil fuel heating towards smart and renewable systems.

Professor Jon Gluyas, Director of Durham Energy Institute said:

“I am delighted to welcome Prof Tony Roskilly and his team to Durham and to Durham Energy Institute in particular. Tony and his team bring a wide array of skills in energy research, development and commercialisation. They also add substantial depth to the already extensive skills and knowledge base held in DEI on heat energy, confirming DEI as one of the leading institutes on decarbonising heat. I very much look forward to us working together.”


Professor Simon Hogg, Head of Durham University’s Department of Engineering said:

”We are delighted that Tony and his team have joined the University. The team brings with them a wealth of experience and internationally recognised expertise in energy research where further innovation and new thinking are critical for delivering the net-zero carbon systems of the future. The addition of Tony and his team will strengthen the contributions by both the Engineering Department and, through the DEI, the wider energy research community at Durham in this strategically important area of research for the University.’

Professor Tony Roskilly background:

Tony was formerly Director of the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research and Director of Research at the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability. He also previously held a number of senior positions at Newcastle University including Dean of Research for the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering.

Professor Roskilly is Associate Director of the Centre for Energy Systems Integration along with DEI’s Director Professor Jon Gluyas and has worked with a number of DEI researchers in the centre.

He is also a Chair Professor at Zhejiang University and a Visiting Professor at Beijing Institute of Technology where he has a joint free piston engine research laboratory.

His research interests include:

  • CHP, Trigeneration & Energy Storage
  • Renewable thermal energy system design
  • Alternative fuel use (Biofuel and Hydrogen)
  • Engine thermal overload prediction
  • Dynamic modelling and control of complex systems.
  • System identification, modelling and control.
  • Intelligent decision making and control.
  • Marine propulsion safety, environmental impact, efficiency and operation.

He undertakes significant research on decarbonisation of heat including:

  • Ground source heat pump development
  • Organic Rankine cycle low grade energy recovery
  • Cogeneration of cooling and power
  • Combined heat and power (CHP), Trigeneration and Energy Storage
  • Thermal energy management in process industries

Research Team 

Also joining Professor Roskilly at Durham University are a number of researchers including:

Durham Energy Institute will be organising a research generator meeting to introduce Tony and his research team to the wider DEI community to enable new research links and opportunities to be developed. Details will follow shortly.