Simon Taylor is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development. He is currently carrying out computer simulations of the thermal behaviour of buildings as part of the EPSRC-funded TARBASE project. The aim of the project is to identify ways of making significant carbon dioxide emission reductions in existing buildings.
Following a first degree in physics, he carried out research on combustion for British Gas which involved measurement of burning rates and modelling of flame behaviour. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Leeds for a thesis on the effects of flow non-uniformities on flame propagation rates and published several papers on this and related subjects.
His career switched direction to gas transportation, and he worked on software systems for modelling gas distribution systems. He later led teams of up to 25 scientists and engineers carrying out research and consultancy on both transmission and distribution of gas.
He left the gas industry in search of a return to his research roots, and worked at the University of Birmingham on DESIRE, a European-funded project on large-scale integration of wind power into the electricity grid.
After leaving Birmingham he carried out some consultancy work on the economics and emissions implications of energy efficiency measures and joined the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development in January 2006. Prior to his current role, worked on a range of projects on energy efficiency and climate change communication. He also lectures on the MSc Climate Change and Sustainable Development.