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:

    My research vision is firmly grounded in the democratization of clean energy solutions, with the overarching aim of making them more affordable and reliable. This approach is needed so that we can rapidly accelerate our efforts of combating climate change and providing modern energy for all, as outlined by Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7).

    Through active collaborative engagement with local communities, my research seeks innovative solutions for renewable heat, transport and electricity, which will reduce the energy inequalities that disproportionately affect the most vulnerable people in our society. By forging close partnerships with companies, NGOs and grassroot organisations, I aspire to improve and develop new energy products and services, which can response to the rapidly changing dynamics of the energy sectors.

    A prominent facet of my research involves the application of advanced energy systems modelling and optimization techniques to arrive at more cost-efficient carbon reduction solutions. I am excited by recent advances in machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) that will transform how we effectively harness and manage wind turbine installations, bioenergy for cooking and decentralised solar home systems. These cutting-edge technologies will play a pivotal role in ensuring that clean energy becomes not only accessible but also a viable and intelligent choice for a sustainable future.

    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 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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