Jon is a multidisciplinary researcher in the field of small scale renewable energy technologies for rural development.
He has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield in the UK, where he worked in collaboration with the Guatemalan NGO, Maya Pedal to design a mobile pedal powered water pump for irrigation & water distribution.
He recently completed a PhD on small wind turbines as a technological option for rural electrification, with case studies in Peru, Nicaragua and Scotland. During this time, he carried out power curve measurements on the small wind turbines installed on the Scoraig peninsula with Hugh Piggott, conducted a market assessment for small wind turbines in Nicaragua to advise the US NGO, Green Empowerment, and ran a participatory wind turbine construction workshop at Arba Minch Univesrity in Ethiopia.
Jon has given guest lectures for Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities and has designed educational workshops for Engineers Without Borders, the Royal Academy of Engineering and schools in both the UK and Argentina.
Most recently, Jon has been coordinating the Wind Empowerment association and has been conducting case study work on small wind turbines in Argentina as research fellow at the University of Sheffield.
Read more about Jon’s activities on his blog: www.thewindyboy.wordpress.com