Adrian Pugsley

Adrian Pugsley

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  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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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