Project partners & Advisory Board members
THERMOS was developed by a range of experts from universities, local and city-wide authorities, energy and environmental agencies, and specialist consultancies based in the UK, Spain, Poland, Latvia, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, and Romania partners to the THERMOS project. The project was coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and supported by an Advisory Board composed of a variety of stakeholders from the energy sector, as well as the heating and cooling sector who provided technical and dissemination advise.
Aalborg University (AAU) has been offering education and research opportunities in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical sciences, and health sciences since 1974. AAU is a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution oriented towards engagement in local, regional, and national issues with an active commitment to international collaboration. The university is also involved in sustainable projects offering educational programmes on sustainable cities among others.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global association of over 1,500 cities, towns, and metropolises in 86 countries with a mission to promote global sustainability through local action. ICLEI has around 300 urban development professionals working in 17 secretariats and offices. The organisation supports cities and regions in becoming sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, productive, ecomobile, smart, healthy, and happy. More than 20% of the world’s urban population benefit from ICLEI’s work which is global in scope and impact, and yet local in implementation.
Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) is an energy agency in Germany. Since its founding in 2000, they have launched more than 600 projects and have 150 employees, 59% of which are women. The agency works towards energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and intelligent energy systems in order to contribute to the attainment of energy and climate policy objectives. Together with partners from politics and industry and across all sectors, both national and international, they develop solutions and put them into practice. They are focused on market instruments and innovative business models.
Creara is a consulting agency focused on the fields of energy efficiency, energy saving, and renewable energy. The agency's vision in terms of energy is twofold: optimization of consumption (energy demand) and greater use of renewable energy sources (energy supply). In this way, Creara contributes to the sustainable and environmentally responsible growth of its clients: companies, organizations, and different public administrations.
The Latvian Environmental Investment Fund ("the Fund") has been operating since 1997. The Fund's activities are centred around achieving maximum environmental improvement, supporting commercial activities in the public and private sector, stimulating opportunities for financing environmental and business infrastructure projects. The Fund also works with enterprises, public utilities, local authorities, associations, and research centres to achieve its goal of helping implement more sustainable practices.
The Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE) has been a national leader in the area of efficient energy management since 1994. With over 20 years of experience, its focus lies in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and it operates with both the public and private sectors. The agency aids companies, municipalities, public institutions, and non-governmental institutions through advice, instruction, and education in the field of rational energy use with the aim of implementing the best standards and practices for sustainable development.
The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), located in Bristol, is an independent national charity founded in 1979. CSE shares their knowledge and experience to change how people think and act on energy. They do this by giving advice, managing innovative energy projects, training and supporting others to act, and undertaking research and policy analysis. At any one time, CSE has around 60 active projects on the go, and their vision is a world where sustainability is second nature, carbon emissions have been cut to safe levels, and fuel poverty has been replaced with energy justice.
Imperial College London is a science-based institution with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. With more than 14,000 students, Imperial College is the only UK university to focus entirely on science, engineering, medicine, and business and is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists, and academics. The university is also involved in several sustainability-related projects such as Energy Futures Lab. This project works on issues of sustainable energy supplies, modelling, and optimisation of distributed energy resources, district heating networks, and water-cooled refrigeration systems among others.
THERMOS has the support of an advisory board, comprised of a variety of stakeholders from the energy sector, as well as the heating and cooling sectors. The board contributed to THERMOS by providing feedback on the technical developments of the project and in disseminating the project outcomes to gain a broader outreach.
Michael King - District Energy Specialist
Michael King is a UK-based district energy specialist. With 24 years experience in the field he has worked with many municipalities and agencies to develop district energy projects. He authored guidance on project development that has been published in the UK and in the USA and Canada through the International District Energy Association. Michael was a founding director of Aberdeen Heat & Power, a not-for-profit established to deliver district heat projects in the city, he is a board director of the Upper Lee Valley Heat Network (Enfield, London) and CORE Sustainable Heat Management (Cambridge). He is also chairman of Co-Heat, a start-up company developing software for the management of heat networks. Since 2012 he has worked closely with the Carbon Trust.
Rachel Jones - Stakeholder Engagement Specialist
Rachel Jones is a specialist in stakeholder engagement and UK home energy policy. Rachel has worked with many municipalities and other organisation to develop and embed energy and energy efficiency into their strategic plans with a focus on home energy. Rachel has been working in the energy sector for 15 years and in addition to CEO of Act on Energy she is also a Director of the Association of Local Energy Officers which is a not-for-profit organisation supporting local government officers and housing professionals with a remit for reducing all aspects of the UK’s domestic-sector carbon footprint and tackling energy poverty.
Davide Cannarozzi - Sustainable Energy Financing Expert
Davide Cannarozzi is an expert in developing and implementing high impact initiatives for sustainability, climate change, resilience and urban development, focusing on financing solutions. He founded Global New Energy Finance (GNE Finance) in 2016 and soon after launched his first initiative – EuroPACE – the first EU platform to implement home and building retrofit on a large scale using safe and reliable on-tax financing solutions. Serving as CFO and member of the board of directors of Enertika Group. Davide has been pivotal in designing Enertika’s business model and defining its viability from a financing, accounting, fiscal and legal standpoint. Davide is cooperating with European initiatives which goal is to define standard operating tools to structure investments in energy efficiency.
Lucy Padfield - Decentralised Energy and District Heating Expert
Lucy Padfield is an award-winning, renowned energy expert particularly experienced and interested in decentralised energy and district heating. She managed the Islington Council energy team for more than a decade, gaining experience in energy policy, buildings' energy management, as well as on initiating, funding and operating district heating in the UK. As such, Lucy Padfield worked on the Bunhill heat network, taking low-grade heat from the London Underground and upgrading it via an air-source heat pump plus CHP to supply traditional UK housing stock. In her work she is consciously as straightforward and replicable as possible to foster a greener, better-engineered future. Recently, Lucy Padfield joined Ramboll to work on linking Ramboll’s vast experience with district heating in Denmark to the growing sector across the UK.