Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Richard Blanchard

Dr Richard Blanchard

Lecturer in Renewable Energy

Tel: +44 (0)1509 227190

Location: MGB GL02, Garendon Wing, Holywell Park

Richard is a lecturer in renewable energy. His research interests are split between energy and education.  The energy research encompasses bioenergy systems (hybrid and microgeneration), the role of renewable energy in development and sustainability topics such as the environmental impacts of ocean energy systems. The education research focuses on distance and e-learning including ways to engage students through enquiry-based learning and the development of remote laboratories.

Richard teachers bioenergy and sustainability on the MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology. Previously he coordinated the flexible and distance learning version of this course and was the Director of Postgraduate Studies.

External Profile
Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
Associate of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Examiner for the European Master's in Renewable Energy
Editorial-in-Chief of the journal Energy and Power
Reviewer for Engineering Education Journal of HE Academy, BBSRC, UKIERI, Wiley.
Programme Committee for International Symposium on Design and Research in Artificial and Natural Sciences 2010-
Advisory Committee of International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Solar energy, Chennai, India, Feb 2012.

Energy Systems
Distance learning

Richard was awarded his PhD in Strategic Environmental Assessment of Renewable Energy Policy in 1998 by Aberystwyth University. By this time he lectured on BSc and MSc programmes with a focus on environmental technologies at Suffolk College, Ipswich. In December 2002 he joined Loughborough University as Flexible and Distance Learning Coordinator to develop the distance learning version of the MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology. He is now a lecturer in renewable energy.

Richard is also an examiner on the European Master's in Renewable Energy and was an external examiner at Coventry University. He has been involved in a number of projects funded by EPSRC and the European Commission.

With colleagues he is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers Baker Medal for work on microgeneration technology.

Research interests are in bioenergy systems, energy for development, sustainability (including life-cycle assessment),  and e-learning. Between 2008-2010 Richard was part of EPSRC project UK-India Energy Technologies Network. Subsequently this consortium successfully bid to the Bridging the Urban Rural Divide programme jointly funded by RCUK and DST India with a project called Rural Hybrid Energy and Enterprise Systems worth £2.5million EP/J000361/1. He is part of the £400k Solar Nano-Grids: An appropriate solution for meeting community needs? Project EP/L002612/1.
Current PhDs
Collen Zalengera – The role of renewable energy in sustainable livelihoods.
Ricardo Narvaez – Advanced thermo-conversion of municipal solid waste in Ecuador
Past PhDs supervised on the subject of the pedagogy of remote labs (Dr Mahmoud Abdulwahed) and Ocean Energy Assessment (Dr Subhashish Banerjee (Coventry University)). A former student Ken Aldonza scooped the $200,000 IDEAS Award prize for work based on his research project on ethanol production from banana waste for St Lucia.

Richard has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2001 and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
In 2009 he was awarded a University Academic Practice Award to develop enquiry based learning in online tutorials to support the distance learning MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology. In 2011 he was successful in a bid to the university Distance Learning Enhancement Fund to develop a remotely controlled laboratory experiment in photovoltaic panel characterisation.
Current teaching includes:
ELC003 Renewable Energy Sources
ELD531 Sustainability and Energy Systems
ELD536 Biomass
ELP031/ELP631 Sustainability and Energy Systems
ELP036/ELP636 Biomass
ELP045/ELP645 MSc Projects

View all Dr Blanchard’s publications in the central publications database

Selected Publications

Radu T, Wheatley AD, Blanchard RE. Anaerobic co-digestion of maize and sewage sludge: providing energy for rural communities in India. 13th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion: Recovering (bio) Resources for the World, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 25 Jun 2013 - 28 Jun 2013. 1-1. 25 Jun 2013.

Navarez R, Blanchard R. E, and Mena A. (2013) Use of Rice Crops for Energy Production in Ecuador. Energy and Power 3(3), 27-26.

Blanchard R. E. (2013). Waste to Energy: A Review of the State of Play in Europe. BIT’s 3rd Annual World Conference in Bioenergy-2013. Jingling Convention Center, Nanjing, China. 25-27 April 2013.

Aldonza, K. and Blanchard R., "Optimizing the use of Musa spp. waste in the design of an ethanol production plant", Energy and Power, 2, Sept 2012.

Staffell, I., Baker, P., Barton, J.P., Bergman, N., Blanchard, R.E., Brandon, N.P., Brett, D.J.L., Hawkes, A., Infield, D.G., Jardine, C.N., Kelly, N., Leach, M., Matian, M., Peacock, A.D., Sudtharalingham, S. and Woodman, B., ''UK Microgeneration. Part II: Technology Overviews'', Proceedings of Institute of Civil Engineers, Energy, 163(EN4), November 2010, pp. 143-165.

Begum, M., Williams, S.R. and Blanchard, R.E., ''Improving the Quality of Learning Experience Through Continuous Evaluation and Innovation'', EDULEARN 10 Proceedings, International Association for Technology, Education and Development, EDULEARN10 - International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain, July 2010, pp. 1-11, ISBN 978 84 613 9386 2.

Banerjee, S, Duckers, L., Blanchard, R.E. and Choudhury, B., ''Assessment of Tidal Power'', Proceedings of 32nd World Energy Engineering Congress, Association of Energy Engineers, Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, 4th November 2009, pp. 1-11,

Chasapis, D., Drosou, V., Papamechael, I., Aidonis, A. and Blanchard, R.E., ''Monitoring and operational results of a hybrid solar-biomass heating system'', Renewable Energy, 33(8), 2008, pp 1759-1767, ISSN 0960-1481.

Bioenergy, Energy Conservation and Sustainability, Renewable Energy Systems