Rick Greenough is a Professor of Energy Systems and the Head of Research at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) at De Montfort University. He is also acting Head of the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development. His previous academic positions were at Bolton Institute and Cranfield University, where he gained his PhD in Advanced Manufacturing. Before he became an academic, Rick was a manufacturing engineer at British Aerospace where he worked in robotics and carbon composite manufacturing technology.
Rick has research interests in the role of energy systems in low carbon buildings, including domestic buildings and factories. He has secured £1.8M of funding to support his research and is currently leading three research projects featuring the development and demonstration of novel energy systems. The first of these explores the social and technical aspects of an energy system featuring local generation, storage and management of electrical demand for a community of domestic users. The second project involves the modelling and demonstration of renewable energy and the re-use of waste energy in three different industries within Europe, and the third will demonstrate the application of novel hybrid heat pump, borehole heat exchanger and borehole drilling process for a ‘hard to heat’ home in Leicester. He recently completed a project that investigated the use of time-shifting to reduce the energy and CO2 emissions associated with air conditioning systems in the retail sector. Rick runs an energy laboratory that is used for teaching, research and demonstration of the results of IESD’s energy research.
Rick is the chair of the East Midlands branch of the Energy Institute, he has spoken about and written on ‘fracking’ in the Leicester media and has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles.