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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Carbon and Energy Payback of Variable Renewable Generation
Master of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Professional Qualifications

Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional, LCACP
Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, MIET

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseCarbon footprint of power generation, Greenhouse gas emissions from energy sources, Greenhouse gas emissions savings of wind power generation, Life cycle assessment techniques and limitations, Environmental impacts of marine energy converters

Biography

Dr Camilla Thomson is a post-doctoral researcher interested in the GHG emissions and offsets of power generation, the flow of carbon through electricity networks, and the impacts of renewable generation on network operation. She is interested in all types of renewable generation, although her work to date has focussed on wind and marine power. She is currently developing a detailed solar power dataset for use in Scottish energy models. 

Her PhD research, entitled "Carbon and Energy Payback of Variable Renewable Generation", examined both sides of the payback calculation, focussing particularly on carbon. The first half examined the reliability of estimates of embodied carbon of renewable generators and involved a detailed life cycle assessment of the Pelamis Wave Energy converter; the second half identified the marginal carbon emissions displacement of wind power on the electricity network in Great Britain. 

Prior to commencing academic research, Camilla gained experience as an electrical building services engineer with projects in the UK, USA, Russia, China and the Middle East in a variety of building sectors including education, commercial, hotels, residential, transportation and tall towers. Particular interests included sustainability and energy efficient design, and she has particular expertise in designing for optimum daylighting.

Camilla is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional with the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment. 

Research Interests

  • Life cycle carbon emissions of power generation
  • Grid integration of renewable generation
  • Carbon emissions offset of renewable generation
  • Optimisation of energy systems

Teaching

MSc Sustainable Energy Systems - Dissertation supervision

Highlighted research outputs

  1. Marginal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Displacement of Wind Power in Great Britain

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Carbon and Energy Payback of Variable Renewable Generation

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

  3. Life cycle costs and carbon emissions of wind power: Executive Summary

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  4. Full Life Cycle Assessment of a Wave Energy Converter

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. Life Cycle Management 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. 2016 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. RTP Final Dissemination Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  4. LCA XV Life Cycle Assessment

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  5. Fourth Annual HMRC Forum

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  6. LCA XII

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  7. LCA XI

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  8. Renewable Power Generation Conference 2011 (RPG 2011)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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