Ben is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in renewable energy and carbon removal at the Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull (UK).
He holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Leeds and has held prestigious research appointments in the United Kingdom and the United States. He is a former member of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania (U.S.).
His work seeks to understand the dynamics and quantification of environmental emissions and energy needs of technological systems. His research also aims to anticipate the impact of new technologies and their infrastructure, and to develop practical modelling strategies for avoiding negative impacts, as well as the societal consequences of using such technologies on local and global communities. Research interests include geospatial integration strategies for carbon dioxide removal technologies coupled with renewable energy, sustainable fuels as well as low carbon mine remediation using waste carbon and geothermal energy supply from mine wastewater. His methods to accomplish this work include but are not limited to Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
He currently leads and contributes to teaching on the institutes Renewable Energy MSc programme the following modules:
• Low Carbon Energy Solutions (Module leader)
• Principles of Renewable Energy - Biomass and Bioenergy
• Research Issues in Environmental Management and Renewable Energy (Module leader)
He is a member of the Institute for Engineering and Technology and the British Computer Society.