Jonathan Nixon


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    Dr Jonathan Nixon is the Associate Director at Coventry University’s Research Centre for Computational Science and Mathematical Modelling. He gained his PhD from Aston University whilst working on hybrid solar-biomass power plants and, since then, he has carried out a range of research projects on solar, wind and bio energy technologies, with a particular focus on improving their performance and reliability. From 2018 to 2021, he was the co-investigator on the Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement (EP/P029531/1) project, developing smart solar energy interventions in refugee camps and displaced settlements for improved control and management of shared communal energy resources. He is currently leading the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Project - Solar Energy Transitions (SET): Inclusive e-cooking in sub-Saharan Africa. His current PhD projects involve optimising anaerobic digestion systems, micro-grid load shedding and wind turbine operations in cold climates. 

    Research vision:

    Working in the Centre for Computational Science and Mathematical Modelling, my aim is to reduce the cost of electricity from renewable energy systems, particularly for disadvantaged communities. I have a particular interest in applying energy systems modelling and optimisation techniques to arrive at more cost-efficient carbon reduction solutions. I am excited by the recent advances in machine learning to improve the operation and control of wind turbines, solar thermal collectors, bio-digesters and solar-battery micro-grids.

    Areas of Expertise:

    Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Wind energy
    • PV-battery systems
    • Solar thermal
    • Thermochemical and biochemical conversion technologies
    • Energy systems modelling and optimisation
    • Life cycle assessment
    • Decision support systems


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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