Tim Patterson known as Tim
PhD, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of Renewable Hydrogen & Methane as Fuel Vectors
BSc (Hons) Physical Geography, University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1995)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Science at the Sustainable Environment Research Centre. In addition to lecturing duties, responsibilities include the delivery of externally funded research projects in line with all technical, financial and contractual obligations. Also assist with the delivery of the Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion which provides technical and non technical support to stakeholders in the emerging biogas industry in Wales, and provide Life Cycle Analysis input into research projects across the group.
2005 – Present: Sustainable Environment Research Centre, University of South Wales
Lecturing in Sustainable Energy Science, delivery of externally funded research projects in the fields of environmental monitoring and anaerobic processes, and the development of research opportunities and funding applications.
2003 – 2005 ENVIRON (UK) Ltd (now Ramboll UK Ltd)
Senior Consultant providing technical and management expertise in all aspects of contaminated land projects across the UK.
2002 – 2003 Alpha Environmental Ltd
Technical and Business Development Manager for operations in the UK and Northern Ireland.
1996 – 2002 CELTIC Technologies Ltd
Environmental Scientist and Business Development Manager for an innovative and fast developing environmental consultancy and contracting company. Specialising in the investigation and remediation of contaminated land and groundwater with experience of undertaking and designing complex investigation and remediation projects at major industrial facilities across the UK.
Savvas, S., Donnelly, J., Patterson, T., Chong, A., Esteves, S. (2018). Methanogenic Capacity and Robustness of Hydrogenotrophic Cultures based on Closed Nutrient Recycling via Microbial Catabolism: Impact of Temperature and Microbial Attachment. Bioresource Technology, 257, 164-171.
Patterson, T., Savvas, S., Chong, A., Law, I., Dinsdale, R., Esteves, S. (2017). Integration of Power to Methane in a Waste Water Treatment Plant – A Feasibility Study. Bioresource Technology, 245 (Part A), 1049-1057. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.09.048
Savvas, S., Donnelly, J., Patterson, T., Chong, A., Esteves, S. (2017). Biological methanation of CO2 in a novel biofilm plug flow reactor: A high rate and low parasitic energy process. Applied Energy, 202, 238 – 247.
Savvas, S., Donnelly, J., Patterson, T., Dinsdale, R., Esteves, S. (2016). Closed Nutrient Recycling via Microbial Catabolism in an Eco-Engineered Self Regenerating Mixed Anaerobic Microbiome for Hydrogenotrophic Methanogenesis. Bioresource Technology, 227, 93 – 101.
Patterson, T., Esteves, S., Carr, S., Zhang, F., Reed. J., Maddy, J., Guwy, A. (2014) Life Cycle Assessment of the Electrolytic Production and Utilization of Low Carbon Hydrogen Vehicle Fuel. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39, 7190-7201
Patterson, T., Esteves, S., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A., Maddy, J. (2013). Life Cycle Assessment of Biomethane and Biohydrogen as a Transport Fuel. Bioresource Technology, 131, 235 – 245.
Patterson, T., Esteves, S., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A. (2011). Life Cycle Assessment of Biogas Infrastructure Options on a Regional Scale. Bioresource Technology, 102, 7313 – 7323.
Patterson, T., Esteves, S., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A. (2011). An evaluation of the policy and techno-economic factors affecting the potential for biogas upgrading for transport fuel use in the UK. Energy Policy, 39, 1806 – 1816.
Patterson, T., Dinsdale, R.M and Esteves, S. (2008). A review of energy balances and emissions associated with biomass derived transport fuels relevant to the UK context. Energy & Fuels, 22 (5) 3506 – 3512.
Savvas, S., Donnelly, J., Patterson, T., Chong, Z., Esteves, S. (2019). High Rate Biomethanation Delivered by a Novel Plug Flow Biofilm Reactor. 16th IWA World Conference on Anaerobic Digestion, 23rd – 27th June 2019, Delft, Netherlands.
Savvas, S., Donnelly, J., Patterson, T., Esteves, S. (2018). High rate biomethanation delivered by mixed microbial cultures – pathways and performance. 5th International Conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology (Regatec) 03rd – 04th May, 2018, Toulouse, France, 2018.
Savvas, S., Donnelly, J., Patterson, T., Dinsdale, R., Esteves, S. (2017). Hydrogenotrophic Methanogenesis – Development of a High Rate, Zero Waste System based on Closed Nutrient Recycling. 15th IWA World Conference on Anaerobic Digestion, 17th – 20th October 2017, Beijing, China.
Patterson, T., Esteves, S., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A. (2011). Life Cycle Assessment of Anaerobic Digestion of Source Segregated Food Waste with Various Biogas End Uses at a Regional Scale. International Symposium on Anaerobic Digestion of Solid Waste and Energy Crops, August 2011, Vienna, Austria
Patterson, T., Esteves, S., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A. (2011). Evaluation of the Policy and Economic Factors Affecting the Use of Biomethane as a Transport Fuel in the UK. International Symposium on Anaerobic Digestion of Solid Waste and Energy Crops, August 2011, Vienna, Austria
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Completion of consultancy projects associated with establishing the technical and economic feasibility of anaerobic digestion schemes in the UK.
2017 – Ongoing
Biological integration of electricity and gas grids for low cost energy storage
Funded by: BEIS
2017 – Ongoing
SMART Circle – Developing innovative process and monitoring techniques for industrial biotechnology applications
Funded by: ERDF via the WG SMART Expertise programme
2017 – 2019: ResUrbis – Resources from Urban Bio-waste.
Funded by: H2020
2015 – 2017
Oscillatory Baffled Reactors for Enhanced 1C Gas Bioconversion for Energy Production and Storage
Funded by: IUK / BBSRC (IB Catalyst Early Stage Feasibility Study)
2013 – 2014
Advanced Anaerobic Processes and Biogas Systems Knowledge Transfer Centre
Funded by A4B
Project manager. The project aims to collaborate with companies with an interest in developing and deploying advanced anaerobic digestion processes and products.
2013 – 2014
Super PHA Collaborative Industrial Research Project
Funded by A4B
Undertaking life cycle assessment of biopolymer production production process and end use.
2010 – 2013
H2 Wales, Work Package 7 – Economics and Life Cycle Assessment. Funded by ERDF
Life cycle assessment of existing and emerging renewable hydrogen and methane technologies and the economic requirements for large scale implementation. Also had direct responsibility for the development of Â£2.4 million of the H2 Wales project application focussing on the development of processes to produce bioplastics from by-products of bio-hydrogen production.
Feasibility Study into the Potential for the Production of Microbial Fuel Cells Utilising Indigenous Manufacturing Skills in Wales. Funded by A4B.
Assessment of the political and industrial drivers, potential markets and manufacturing requirements required to develop an demonstrator industrial effluent MFC.
2008 – Ongoing
The Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion. Funded by WAG & ERDF
Delivery of assistance to all stakeholders within the emerging anaerobic digestion industry in Wales including technical appraisals, feasibility studies, policy and regulatory development and financial viability. Significant input into the development of the project and the ERDF funding application.
2008 – 2009
Feasibility Study into the Growth of the Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion. Funded by A4B.
Assessment of potential financial requirements of the Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion post 2012.
2007 – 2013
PhD – Life Cycle Analysis of Renewable Hydrogen and Methane as Fuel Vectors, and a Critical Analysis of their Future Development in the UK.
2007 – 2009
Wales Waste & Resources Research Centre (WWRReC). Funded by WAG
WWRReC Coordinator for University of Glamorgan, UWIC and University of Newport. The role involved co-ordinating £1.5 million of research applications relating to waste and resource use across the three institutions. The project led to the development of BioRREFORM, a collaborative project researching the development of a process to produce bioplastics from the by-products of bio-hydrogen production which was successfully integrated into the H2 Wales project in 2010.
2006 – 2008
Hydrogen Energy Farm. Funded by INTERREG IIIA.
Research into the feasibility of establishing a farm scale demonstration facility for the conversion of agricultural by-products and crops into hydrogen and methane gas. Project involved finding appropriate feedstocks, partners, plant location, costing and funding application for Phase II (construction) of the facility, and dissemination of development information to partners in Ireland.
2005 – 2006
Aquatic Biomass Activity Monitor (AquaBAM). Funded by KEF
Design, development and testing of an analytical instrument for the quantification of biomass (i.e. bacteriological) activity within groundwater. Patent application submitted, decision pending.
Areas of Expertise
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Systems Analysis of Low Carbon Processes and Products
Development of Novel Low Carbon Products and Processes
Investigation and Remediation of Contaminated Land
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