London 2012

On completion of my assignment with Cofely District Energy on the Leicester District Energy project I took the opportunity to move to Cofely East London Energy. This project incorporated both The Olympic Park Energy and  Stratford Energy Centres. Cofely had responsibilities for the delivery of a number of project items which I assisted with for London 2012 including the following

  • Olympic Games 2012 Resilient Cooling
  • Mobile Boiler Plants
  • CHP Commissioning

The links below provide details in regard to The Energy Centres and the district energy networks.

Energy Centre

London Olympic Park Energy Centre


Trip to the land of The TT Racer

An epic trip of enormous and physical proportion. Releasing the huge anchors holding me back took resilience, stamina and energy in greater proportion than ever needed before. A three day motor cycle ride dodging and navigating the negativity bombs and bullets in my mind and in my physical world. I did not ask the universe why? but How? – How do I navigate these obstacles to my ambition. My ambition to reach “the land of the TT Racer” The Isle of Man. The land of road racers who take their life to the very, very edge  and who in their minds have no place for negativity only success – the success of the finish line and victory.

“Live your life to your fullest every day – like a TT Racer – every second in positivity.”


Energy Storage

Power to gas energy storage is a solution to the utilisation of the increasing clean electricity generated by wind farms and solar which are now often in excess of 50% of the utility electricity mix. During periods of excess electricity capacity power can be used to produce hydrogen gas through electrolysis for use in hydrogen vehicles or fuel cells.

“Power-to-Gas Energy Storage is joined up energy systems thinking – it exploits the virtues of an existing asset (the gas grid) to decarbonise both electricity and gas networks.”

For more details see


Engineers need an answer

It was very amusing to hear that engineers at the most prominent engineering consultancies are failing to find the answer. The incessant need to find answers is sometimes the engineers fruitless fuel especially in the area of thermal comfort. Thermal comfort is not an engineering problem as there is no real one answer. This is not to say that engineering systems that fail to meet standard industry environmental requirements are not to be questioned but it is relevant to say that not everyone can be pleased all of the time.  Thermal comfort has no answer as comfortable conditions are a matter of perception and personal opinion. Occupancy surveys can provide data which can be analysed  to determine the most agreeable conditions for a particular environment but this a statistical analysis where the majority criteria can be determined and selected. Environmental engineering systems for thermal comfort must be designed for flexibility whereby occupants are given the opportunity to provide regular feed back into the controls system. The set points of the system can then be regulated to meet the requirements of the majority. And for the few, well “they need to eat more or put on a jumper” as the young technician I remember would say.