• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Dr Mervyn Smyth obtained a 1st Class BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering and PhD for solar energy research both from Ulster University. Dr Smyth has over 7 years experience in the HVAC industry prior to taking up the position of Lecturer in Building Services Engineering at Ulster University, followed by a senior lecturer/teaching fellow position with the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Dr Smyth has also held positions at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia and Domaine Carneros Estate, USA. He was promoted to Reader in Solar Thermal Technologies at Ulster University in 2008. Dr Mervyn Smyth was the NI Regional Chairman of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (2009 to 2012). Dr Smyth has a particular interest in solar thermal systems and has been involved in the design, development, fabrication and evaluation of various types of solar water heating units. He has over 25 years of experience in the experimental characterisation of solar energy technologies under real and simulated conditions and has over 12 years in the integration of passive solar systems and agri-frost protection, conducting numerous field experiments. In addition to his interest in solar thermal systems, he has also conducted research with PVs, energy and the wine industry, anaerobic digestion and building integrated solar. His current research revolves around thermal diodes is in the area of solar system deployment in sub-Saharan Africa and Façade integrated switchable insulation. Dr Smyth was the vice chair of the TU1205 EU COST action on Building Integrated Solar Thermal Systems and the Director of SolaForm Ltd and SwII Ltd. He has authored over 85 publications to date, including his published book investigating the design principles of energy usage and solar augmentation in winery operation. 

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Director, Switchable Insulation Innovations Ltd

Mar 2024 → …

External Examiner, University of Malta

2024 → …

Editorial board

2016 → …

Director, SolaForm Ltd (www.solaform.com) c/o Ulster University

2013 → …

external examiner, University of Nottingham


Griffith Climate Change Response Programme Visiting Fellow, Griffith University Queensland





2005 → …

educational representative and membership mentor

2005 → …


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