Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Research Assistant in community-scale energy modelling







Bone BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am a postgraduate researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. I am carrying out my research as part of the Grantham Institute. My research will investigate the potential of disruptive, combined Photovoltaic-Thermal (PV-T) panels.

PV-T panels have the potential to provide four times more useful energy per unit area than standard photovoltaic cells, and up to twice as much energy as conventional PV-T cells. As such, they have the potential to supply power for heating, cooling, electricity, and both hot and clean water, in both developing arid envionrments, with large areas of available land and excess solar energy, and urban environments, where the high energy efficiency of PV-T panels makes them useful in already crowded urban environments.

I live aboard a narrowboat on the London canal network, and so have an affinity with off-grid living. In my spare time, when I'm not dealing with the hundreds of jobs that stack up when living afloat, I enjoy choral singing, playing the piano, and analogue film photography.



Sandwell P, Winchester B, Beath H, et al., 2023, CLOVER: A modelling framework for sustainablecommunity-scale energy systems, The Journal of Open Source Software, Vol:8, ISSN:2475-9066, Pages:1-5


Winchester B, Huang G, Sandwell P, et al., 2022, Integrated simulation and optimisation of hybrid photovoltaic-thermal (PV-T) and photovoltaic systems for decentralised rural hot water provision and electrification, The 35th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

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