Professor John Twidell

Professor John Twidell

CEO, AMSET Centre Ltd, De Montfort University Leicester LEI 9BH United Kingdom

Professor John Twidell M.A., D.Phil, F Inst P, works independently as an academic consultant and writer in renewable energy and sustainability and as Director of the AMSET Centre Ltd. 

 He held the Chair in Renewable Energy at De Montfort University and was Director of the Energy Studies Unit of Strathclyde University. Previously, he had appointments at Universities in Africa and the South Pacific. He has served on the Boards of the British Wind Energy Association and the UK Solar Energy Society, and was an adviser to the UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Energy. Practical experience has included management of a 3 MW (60 m) and two ~ 15 kW wind turbine installations on Orkney, passive-solar low-energy buildings, a zero-carbon house in Leicestershire and many experimental projects in renewable energy.

 He is Editor Emeritus of the academic journal ‘Wind Engineering’, having been General Editor from 1998 to 2007. He is a visiting lecturer at number of universities in UK and has written ~ 100 published papers on renewable and sustainable energy, a major textbook in renewable energy and chapters in 9 other books.

 The company, AMSET, was formed after initial development as a University postgraduate department from a charitable endowment. The mission is to continue the work as an independent spin-off company, conducting and supporting research and education. By way of ‘practicing what is preached’ and for demonstration, the buildings at the AMSET Centre are heated by biomass fuels, hot water is from solar thermal collectors, electricity is from roof-mounted photovoltaics with surplus for grid export; the vehicles can use biodiesel; associated horticulture uses pumped irrigation from the solar power.


Commercial Opportunities for Sustainable Technology to Mitigate Climate Change.

Governing bodies worldwide accept that anthropogenic climate change is a reality and that the principle cause is mankind’s use of fossil-fuels.  There is also general recognition that mitigation is essential, which includes the rapid increase of renewable energy supplies together with improved efficiency of energy use. In the last 30 years, scientists and engineers have produced a wide range of proven technological options for supplying heat, electricity and fuels from renewable resources. The application and further development of these technologies requires supportive institutional frameworks from governments, from local to global scale.  The presentation will review these technologies, outline the institutional situation and illustrate commercial developments. Delivery can only be by commerce.  Therefore, the revolution in energy supply and use necessary in the text 20 years implies research development and commercial opportunity on a huge scale.