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23 November 2009 | PR 09/165

Loughborough Professor honoured by Energy Institute

Professor Tony Marmont

Professor Tony Marmont

Professor Tony Marmont, from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University, has been presented with the ‘Individual Achievement Award’ by the Energy Institute, in recognition of his work to promote new non-polluting and sustainable ways of energy production.

The award, which recognises three decades of dedication to averting man-made climate change, was presented to Professor Marmont at the Energy Institute Awards last Thursday. The award was made following a nomination from Professor Kevin Lomas, from the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough.

In 1992, he recruited his local universities – Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and De Montfort University  – to his cause, providing substantial funds to support research and education. Loughborough University awarded Professor Marmont with the degrees of Doctor of Science and Doctor of Technology in 1998, before he became a Visiting Professor to the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2007.

Professor Marmont formed not-for-profit organisation Beacon Energy at his West Beacon farm home in 1992, to demonstrate and promote sustainable development, using new and renewable energy technologies: micro-CHP, heat pumps, photovoltaics, a large solar thermal array, and an electrolyser, hydrogen store and fuel cell facility.

He also established Midlands Renewable Energy Technology Transfer in 1996, funding it for five years.  In 2008 he inspired the formation of the UK Sustainable Development Association, an association for businesses that provide products and services to help reduce the UK’s carbon footprint.

Professor Marmont has also impacted on public and local authority attitudes. He lobbied the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) to elevate sustainability and climate change in their policies, advised on the redevelopment of the Shirebrook Colliery site in Nottingham and hectored the local electricity company over feed-in arrangements for exported green electricity.  He has also helped fund Phase2 of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum.

Professor Marmont has supported the development of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel for the Environment Association and recently worked with academics and industrialists on Atmospheric Fuel Synthesis, a process of capturing carbon from the air to make fully sustainable, carbon neutral fuel.

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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