Godfrey Boyle

Godfrey Boyle

Emeritus Professor

I’m Emeritus Professor of Renewable Energy in the Open University's School of Engineering & Innovation, part of the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  (STEM)

I’ve chaired the OU teams that have produced various courses and study packs on renewable and sustainable energy, most recently T206 ‘Energy for a Sustainable Future’.

My main research interests are in renewable energy, particularly wind and solar power, energy systems modeling and energy policy.

I'm a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

I've recently been the lead educator on two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Renewable Energy.

The first, which went on-line in September 2014, is an eight week course on the Open University's OpenLearn platform, continuously available at:

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/can-renewable-energy-power-the-world/content-section-overview

The second, a shorter four week course for the OU-led FutureLearn consortium, had four presentations in January & July 2015 and  March and September 2016 and is available at:

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/futurelearn/renewable-energy

There will be further presentations in 2017.

 Both on-line courses have attracted very large numbers of participants.

Selected Publications

Boyle, G. (ed) (2012) Renewable Energy (3rd Edition), Oxford University Press, 470pp.

Boyle, G. (2012) ‘Solar Photovoltaics’, in Boyle, G.(ed) Renewable Energy (3rd Edition), Oxford University Press.

Boyle, G., Everett, R., Peake, S. and Ramage, J. (2012) (eds) Energy Systems and Sustainability, Oxford University Press, 654 pp.

Boyle, G. and Everett, R. (2012) "Integration", in Boyle, G. (ed) Renewable Energy (3rd Edition, in press) Oxford University Press.

Boyle, G. (2010) "Renewable Energy Technologies for Electricity Generation" in Moselle, B., Padilla, J. and Schmalensee, R. (eds) Renewable Energy in Electric Power Systems: Theory, Practice, Policy, Earthscan, pp34-57.

Boyle, G. (2009) “Cities and Climate Change:  Leading to a Low Carbon London”, Chapter 15  in Wilson, G et al  (eds.) Environment, Development and Sustainability, Oxford University Press (in press)

Boyle, G., Allen, P and Bull, J. (2008) "Supply-side options" in The Oil Crunch: Securing the UK's Energy Future, First report of the Industry Task Force on Peak Oil and Energy Security, October, pp 37-42

Boyle, G. (2008) "Positive outlook: is a 100% renewable energy future viable?", Energy Engineering, August pp 13-14

Boyle, G. (ed) (2007)  "Renewable Energy and the Grid: The Challenge of Variability" Earthscan, London, pp 240. ISBN 1844074188.

Boyle, G. (2007) "A Tale of Two Countries: Non-Nuclear Sustainable Energy Futures for the Germany and the UK", in Elliott, D. (ed) Nuclear or Not? Palgrave Macmillan, pp 183-196.

Boyle, G. (2007) "Long-term Sustainable Energy Scenarios", in Elliott, D. (ed) Sustainable Energy: Opportunities and Limitations Palgrave Macmillan

Bentley, R. and Boyle, G. (2007) “Global Oil Depletion: Forecasts and Methodologies", Environment and Planning B, Special Feature on Scenarios, Pion, London

Boyle. G. (2007) “Offshore Wind: the Potential for 25% of UK Electricity by 2024” Wind Engineering, Volume 31 No 2, pp 65-74.

Boyle, G. (2005) "Non-Nuclear Sustainable Energy Futures: What the UK can Learn from Germany", Science in Parliament, Number 62-3, Summer.

Full list of publications

Current Projects

Energy Systems Modelling: I developed the computer-based model DREAM (Dynamic Regional Energy and Emissions Assessment Model) for evaluating energy demand and supply, and associated carbon emissions, in cities, regions and nations. DREAM was used in EU- and EPSRC-funded energy studies of Leicester, Milton Keynes and Barcelona in the 1990s. I have recently been collaborating with the Centre for Alternative Technology’s “Zero Carbon Britain” project, http://zerocarbonbritain.org/zcb-about which includes an open-source hourly model of the UK energy demand and supply system. 

Conferences: I have organised, with EERU colleagues, a series of major conferences at the Open University on energy and environmental issues. These include "Nuclear or Not" (March 2005), "Locating Renewables in Community Contexts" (November 2005), and "Coping with Variability" (January 2006). The conferences were held in the OU Berrill Theatre and web-cast world-wide (http://stadium.open.ac.uk/berrill). I also organised the conference 'AT@40' held at the Architectural Association, London, in March 2012.

Policy I am active in current national debates about future UK sustainable energy policy.    

Links

OU Energy & Environment Research Unit: http://eeru.open.ac.uk/

OU Course T206 ‘Energy for a Sustainable Future’:
http://www.open.ac.uk/T206

Oxford University Press, link for Energy Systems and Sustainability:
http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-926179-2

Oxford University Press, link for Renewable Energy:
http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-926178-4

Earthscan, link for Renewable Electricity and the Grid, The Challenge of Variability
http://www.earthscan.co.uk/?tabid=1159

Teaching

As chair of the T206 ‘Energy for a Sustainable Future’ course team, I produced inter alia two DVDs for the course on 'Carbon Capture and Storage' and 'European Sustainable Energy Futures'. I also contributed to units on Sustainable Energy in London for the course U116 Environment.

The Course T206 ‘Energy for a Sustainable Future has been superseded by two new courses: T213 ‘Energy and Sustainability’  and T313 ‘Renewable Energy’.

These courses include two major textbooks, co-published with Oxford University Press, of which I am editor or co-editor and co-author:

Energy Systems and Sustainability (2nd edition, OUP, 2012)

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/academic/society/environment/sustainability/9780199593743.do

and Renewable Energy (3rd edition, OUP 2012):

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/academic/society/environment/sustainability/9780199545339.do

From 2005 to 2012 I collaborated with TERI University in Delhi on the production of new post graduate Certificate/ Diploma courses in renewable and sustainable energy. This project was part-funded by the UK and Indian Governments, as part of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

I am currently the lead educator on two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Renewable Energy.

The first, which went on-line in September 2014, is an eight week course on the Open University's OpenLearn platform,continuously  available at:

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/can-renewable-energy-power-the-world/content-section-overview

The second, a shorter four week course for the OU-led FutureLearn consortium, had three presentations in January & July 2015 and March 2016, and is available at:

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/futurelearn/renewable-energy

A fourth presentation is scheduled for September 2016, followed by two more presentations in 2017.

Both on-line courses have attracted very large numbers of participants.

Associated with:

Design
Energy


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