I am researching autonomous direct current (DC) microgrids as the subject of my PhD research which Arup and BRE Trust have jointly sponsored since October 2009. Throughout this research, I have been based in the Arup offices in Manchester, Glasgow and London.

My vision and PhD work is applicable for the routing of power at all levels: circuit board level, room level, building level, community level and national level. I am in the process of building a room scale prototype.

Over the last two years I have presented my work at The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers technical symposiums, Knowledge Transfer Network Smart DC events and BRE Trust conferences.

I have a multi-disciplinary background in controls, electrical and mechanical engineering, renewable energy systems and ICT systems architecture.