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  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 167 Citations
  • 8 h-Index

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Personal profile


Dr Adrian Pugsley is a career-committed engineer who thrives on solving problems by creating innovative solutions and aspires to work on cutting edge projects which progress ideas from the research arena towards successful practical realisation and commercialisation. His professional career spans almost 20 years, initially working as a consulting acoustic engineer in the construction industry, and more recently in academia as a Research Associate working in Building Integrated Renewable Energy Systems with a focus on photovoltaics, solar thermal, and energy storage. Adrian’s academic qualifications include an undergraduate degree in Electroacoustics (B.Eng, 2:1 hons, 2000) from the University of Salford and post-graduate degrees in Renewable Energy and Energy Management (MSc, 2013, distinction and awarded Energy Institute McBride Prize) and Building Integrated Solar Collectors (PhD, 2017). Adrian has extensive experience working in multi-disciplinary design teams on commercial construction projects in the UK and overseas and a growing portfolio of academic collaborations with industrial and international partners focussing on heat & power decarbonisation. Adrian has published work on solar desalination, nanocomposite solar water heaters, liquid-vapour thermal diodes, and off-grid energy systems for sub-Saharan African rural electrification. His work tends to focus on design, prototyping, fabrication and experimental testing, underpinned by theoretical analysis. He has expertise in solar photovoltaic-thermal and building integrated energy systems and a strong background in phase change heat transfer. Adrian regularly delivers consultancy projects providing design advice, laboratory testing, and other industrial research services to large corporate clients (eg Unilever and Network Rail) and smaller local entrepreneurs. Adrian is highly focussed on practical research but also contributes to teaching by supervising student projects; promoting courses secondary school students; delivering lectures and laboratory classes on Solar Energy and Building Acoustics. He is a regular technical reviewer for Renewable Energy journal and has also reviewed articles for several other publications.

External positions

• Environmental consultant , Walsh Environmental

1 Jan 20111 Dec 2014

Acoustic Consultant, Sandy Brown Associates

1 Jul 200031 Jul 2009

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Research Output

A detailed thermal modeling of a passive single-slope solar still with improved accuracy

Hedayatizadeh, M., Sarhaddi, F. & Pugsley, A., 2 Apr 2020, In : Groundwater for Sustainable Development. 11, 100384.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effect of the absorber surface roughness on the performance of a solar air collector: An experimental investigation

    Das, B., Mondol, J., Debnath, S., Pugsley, A., Smyth, M. & Zacharopoulos, A., 30 Jun 2020, In : Renewable Energy. 152, p. 567-578 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
  • Prizes

    McBride Prize

    Pugsley, Adrian (Recipient), 24 Oct 2013


  • Activities

    • 5 Oral presentation
    • 3 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
    • 3 Publication Peer-review
    • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    WIREsWater (Journal)

    Adrian Pugsley (Reviewer)

    16 Apr 201931 Dec 2025

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review


    one world festival -SolaFin2Go: solar power changing lives in rural Africa

    Mervyn Smyth (Organiser), , Jayanta Mondol (Organiser), , Adrian Pugsley (Organiser), , Aggelos Zacharopoulos (Organiser), & Dominic Mc Larnon (Organiser)

    21 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Access and Waste: Two Sides of the Energy Access Coin

    Adrian Pugsley (Participant)

    3 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    China-UK workshop on low-carbon heating and cooling technologies

    Adrian Pugsley (Speaker)

    5 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


    BIUST Research & Innovation Symposium 2019

    Adrian Pugsley (Speaker)

    4 Jun 20197 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation