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 Thomas Pownall

Thomas Pownall

PhD Student

 Tremough House MG04


Tremough House, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


After graduating from the University of Exeter with a BSc (Hons) in Geography, Tom then progressed onto the MSc Sustainable Development program (Cornwall Campus). Currently, he has secured funding from the EPSRC for a PhD of which he is in his first year. His MSc was largely focused on the Energy systems within the UK, and his MSc Dissertation questioned whether holding local conversations with domestic electricity customers on themes of their local area and being involved would aid in encouraging DSR.

Broad research specialisms

Decarbonisation, decentralisation, energy security, renewable deployment

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Research interests

My main interest is within the market structure(s) of the UK energy system, and how the recent drive to decentralise the electricity system will require new structures to emerge.

Research projects

PhD: Markets for Future Power Networks

Energy supply is the largest contributor to Greenhouse Gases (GHG) within the UK, thus, decarbonising the energy system is central to reducing these emissions.

In order for this shift to be successful, there is need for appropriate market structures in place. This project will address this, identifying suitable structures which would support the decarbonisation of the UK electricity system.





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