Heating and Cooling Roving Champion
David Elmes is Professor of Practice at Warwick Business School and Co-Lead of the University of Warwick’s Global Research Priority - Energy. David joined WBS in 2008 after more than 20 years working in the energy & management consulting industries with BP, Gemini Consulting, CapGemini and Schlumberger. David’s broader interests lie in how the structure of the energy industry around the world is changing, what new business models are achieving success and how management practices are evolving to meet the challenges of supplying affordable, sustainable energy and using it efficiently. In 2017, David received a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE) from the University of Warwick and he was elected a Fellow of the Energy Institute in 2018.
David’s interest in smart, local energy systems arose from considering how the current transformation of energy involves a shift from more supply to reduced consumption and from large, centralised systems to local solutions. Such solutions need to consider heating, the source of nearly 40% of UK emissions, and the rising use of cooling around the world. The University of Warwick has operated a local energy system for both power and heating for over a decade and so it’s important to consider how to operate and renew such systems in a commercially sustainable way, as well as expand their development around the UK. David is also co-investigator in UKRI-funded LoT-NET programme on Low Temperature Heat Recovery and Distribution Network Technologies.