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Dr Sam Williamson

Dr Sam Williamson

Dr Sam Williamson

Lecturer in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Area of research

Sustainable and Renewable Electrical Energy Systems

Office 4.17 MVB
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5177

Research summary

What does sustainable energy mean for you?

Sustainability has relationships with environmental protection, economic longevity, social acceptance and policy support. A definition I like to use suggests that for a system to be sustainable nothing can cross its system boundary. Therefore, in the context of energy, the system does not require any energy to be imported into it. This system could be a small community in the middle of the Amazonian rainforest, a city in the UK, a whole country or even continent - the critical element is that no energy is brought into the system. You can also extend this ...

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I am passionate about engineering supporting a positive social change, providing a more equal and just society. During a sabbatical year in Nepal during 2008-9, I realised first hand how energy was a key enabler to achieve this. Since then, I have been working on small-scale hydropower through my PhD study, a follow on EPSRC grant, and currently through an EPSRC DTP scholarship. From my experiences in remote and rural communities, I have learnt how innovative they are, able to understand, modify and repair technology with limited tool sets and potentially restricted understanding. I have forged links with research groups ...

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