Andrew Garrad Inaugural Lecture: Renewable Future - Technology and Politics

3 October 2019, 6.00 PM - 3 October 2019, 7.30 PM

Dr Andrew Garrad CBE FREng

Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's Building, University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TR

Dr Andrew Garrad CBE FREng, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Renewable Energy
The development of wind energy over the past forty years will be traced briefly and will be illustrated by personal experience. The engineering challenges encountered, and largely conquered, will be described as well as the political means adopted to achieve the recent dramatic global growth in renewables. This description will form the basis for a look into the future, both technically and politically, and will set out the engineering challenges which face the next generation of engineers.

This will be Andrew's Garrad's inaugural lecture as a Visiting Professor in Renewable Energy under the Royal Academy of Engineering's Visiting Professor Scheme. Andrew has been professionally involved in wind energy for 40 years and built his first wind turbine in 1971. He subsequently co-founded the Garrad Hassan Group in 1984, which grew to become the world's largest renewable energy consultancy.

Andrew was Chairman of the British Wind Energy Association in 1989 and from 2013 to 2014, was President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). In 2006 he received the EWEA's Poul la Cour Prize and, in 2015, the Aeolus Prize from the Hellenic Wind Energy Association – the only "non-Greek" ever to do so. He chaired Bristol's year as European Green Capital in 2015 and has been serving on the External Advisory Board of the University of Bristol's Cabot Institute since its formation in 2010.

Andrew has a BA from the University of Oxford, a PhD from the University of Exeter and has been awarded the honorary degree of DEng by the University of Bristol in 2009 and the University of Exeter in 2018. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford. Andrew received a CBE for services to renewable energy in 2017.

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