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Tom Rogers

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology


I am a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Engineering (Research & Teaching). Rapid technological advancements are changing the way that our energy is generated and consumed. This is against the backdrop of an evermore urgent need to leave the fossil fuel age behind us and avert climate breakdown. I am passionate about teaching how we transition our energy systems to become fully decarbonised. We already have a lot of the technological solutions. We need graduates that can support the delivery and implementation of these solutions.

I endeavour to link teaching with industry, which has resulted in student placements, collaborative student research projects, guest lectures, and site visits. I’ve hosted guest lecturers from solar PV companies, wind farm companies, utility operators, renewable heating companies, and electric vehicle suppliers. I’ve arranged site visits to wind farms, distributed and utility-scale solar PV systems, electric vehicle manufacturers, power stations, and biodigester plants. I've also organised residential field trips to Barbados, Tenerife, North Wales, and The Lake District.

My role also allows me to engage actively in scholarly/applied research, advancing my own research interests, supervising research students, contributing to applied research groups, leading on and assisting with bid-writing and tendering for internal and external funding, disseminating research outputs using a range of media, and developing external networks nationally and internationally.

Research areas

My main research focus is energy systems. Since 2014, I have been involved with the topic of transitioning energy systems towards becoming 100% renewable. I have real-world experience in this area, having supported Barbados’s 2019 change of policy direction, with the country now targeting 100% renewable energy supply by 2030.

I’m currently the principal investigator for an EU funded project on distributed solar PV mapping. This is a GIS-based project that combines several datasets to build virtual twins of whole towns/cities/regions, and enables various stakeholders to quickly identify the rooftop solar PV installation potential and plan accordingly. I'm also the principal investigator for a Royal Society project on ‘Climate-Resilient Caribbean-Based Renewable Energy Systems’, working with UK and Caribbean institutions.

I have substantial experience organising and writing funding bids with both industry and academic partners, and I have been involved with several international academic and consultancy projects.


Peer-reviewed scholarly output

  1. Filho, W. L., Krishnapillai, M., Sidsaph, H., Nagy, G. J., Luetz, J. M., Dyer, J., Ha’Apio, M. O., Havea, P. H., Raj, K., Singh, P., Rogers, T., Li, C., Boodhan, M. K., Wolf, F., Ayal, D. Y. & Azadi, H. (2021) Climate change adaptation on small island states: An assessment of limits and constraints. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 9, 6, 22 p., 602.
  2. Duckers, L., Rogers, T. (2021). Economic models to evaluate energy costs: Are externalities and energy accounting the answer? Central European Review of Economics and Management. 5, 3, p. 33-53 21 p., 3.
  3. Sun, L., Zhang, T., Liu, S., Wang, K., Rogers, T., Yao, L. & Zhao, P. (2021) Reducing energy consumption and pollution in the urban transportation sector: A review of policies and regulations in Beijing. Journal of Cleaner Production. 285, 125339.
  4. Rogers, T., Ashtine, M., Koon Koon, R., Atherley-Ickechi, M. (2019). Onshore wind energy potential for small island developing states: Findings and recommendations from Barbados. Energy for Sustainable Development. Vol 52. pp 116 – 127.
  5. Gay, D., Rogers, T., Shirley, R. (2018). Small Island Developing States and their suitability for electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid services. Utilities Policy. Vol 55. pp 69–78.
  6. Rogers, T. (2016). Development of innovation systems for small island states: A functional analysis of the Barbados solar water heater industry. Energy for Sustainable Development. Vol 31. pp 143– 151.
  7. Rogers, T., Omer, SA. (2011). The yaw analysis of a micro-scale horizontal axis wind turbine operating in turbulent wind conditions. International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies. Vol 1. Iss 1. pp58– 63
  8. Rogers, T., Omer SA. (2011). The effect of turbulence on noise emissions from a micro-scale horizontal axis wind turbine. Renewable Energy. v 41, p 180-184.
  9. Su Y., Zheng H., Huang H., Rogers T. (2011). A feasibility study of a novel combined solar concentration/wind augmentation system. International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies, v 6, n 1, p 14-21

Non-scholarly output

  1. Moore, W., Alleyne ,F., Alleyne, Y., Blackman, K., Blenman, C., Carter, S., Cashman, A., Cumberbatch, J., Downes, A., Hoyte, H., Mahon, R., Mamingi, N., McConney, P., Pena, M., Roberts, S., Rogers, T., Sealy, S., Sinckler, T. and A. Singh. 2014. Barbados’ Green Economy Scoping Study. Government of Barbados, University of West Indies - Cave Hill Campus, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 244p.
  2. Hohmeyer, O., Rogers, T., Barrett, D. (2022) Review of Existing Building Code to include or enhance energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy standards and targets for existing and new buildings. 128 pgs.
  3. Rogers, T. (2021) A desktop investigation into renewable energy opportunities at the University of the West Indies Dukes’ site, St Thomas. 24 pgs.
  4. Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd. (2021) Implementation Plan for Selected Low Hanging Fruit Option - Implementation of an Integrated BE Policy Framework and Strategic Action Plan for Barbados. 37 pgs.
  5. Hohmeyer, O., Rogers, T., Barrett, D., Waldmann, L. (2020) Review of current international energy trends for Barbados, to help guide Capacity formation. 72 pgs.
  6. del Castillo, N., Scheinberg, S., Alänge, S., Rogers, T., Potopsingh, R., Pérez, C. & Regis, P. (2017). Needs Analysis Report: Towards a Sustainable Energy Sector in the Caribbean and the Role of Higher Education Institutions. CAP4INNO. EU ACP Edulink II.
  7. Rogers, T., Atherley-Ikechi, M. (2016) Achieving a Resilient Future for Small States: Caribbean 2050: Energy: The Key to a Cleaner, More Prosperous Caribbean. Commonwealth Secretariat: Small States Division. Lewis-Bynoe, D. (ed.). London: Commonwealth Secretariat, p. 73-109 36 p.
  8. Rogers, T. (2015). A desktop study into the wind energy potential for the island of Barbados.
  9. Rogers, T., Franklin, J. (2015). Barbados solar PV consumer guide: Helping you choose the right solar PV solution. Barbados Renewable Energy Association. [Worked with sector stakeholders to develop this guide, which helped accelerate the Barbados solar PV sector]


Jun 2015 – The ConversationSmall tropical islands could become the world’s first 100% renewable nations

May 2019 – The ConversationZero-carbon electric transport is already in reach for small island

Mar 2019 – The ConversationJamaica leads in Richard Branson-backed plan for a Caribbean climate revolution

Sep 2017 - Washington PostSevere power failures in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean spur new

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

My teaching and research has a close relationship to the below UNSDGs.

7 - Affordable and Clean Energy Badge 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Badge 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities Badge