Geoff Hogan, BSc, DPhil

Information Officer, Biomass Energy Centre

Geoff Hogan

Email: geoff.hogan@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)1865 883416
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Address:
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Farnham
Surrey GU10 4LH
UK

Geoff’s background is as a research physicist, working for many years in laser research in the Clarendon Lab., Oxford University following his DPhil research. In 2001 he left to set up his own company, ERIN Research Ltd., to organize international technology missions in the field of renewable energy, as part of the DTI International Technology Service, which subsequently became the Global Watch Programme. During the next 5 years he organized a number of such missions, looking at topics including Biomass in Austria and Denmark, the Woodfuel Supply chain in New England and Second generation biofuels in Germany, the Netherlands and Finland.

Following the announcement in April 2006 of the Biomass Energy Centre (BEC) as part of the Government’s response to the Biomass Task Force Report, Geoff was first contracted to write the content for the new BEC website and, shortly afterwards, recruited onto the team as Information Officer.

Current role

Information Officer, Biomass Energy Centre

Geoff brings his technical background to complement the expertise of his forestry colleagues in the Biomass Energy Centre, when answering enquiries, performing calculations and adding information to the website.

Current programmes

Biomass Energy Centre
Geoff’s principal role is to answer enquiries from a wide range of sources, including the general public, architects, developers, building services engineers and local and national government. This may involve performing calculations (e.g. of carbon emissions/savings), researching data or current understanding or best practice, or writing extended explanations to address common areas of misunderstanding. He also liaises with a number of government agencies and non-government organizations.

Research areas

  • Biomass for energy

Main recent publications

Hogan G. (In press). Biomass. Ch. 15 in Roaf, S., M. Fuentes and S. Thomas, Ecohouse: A Design Guide, Architectural Press, Oxford.

Palmer, D., Tubby, I., Hogan, G. and Rolls, W. (2011). Biomass heating: a guide to small log and wood pellet systems (PDF-3860K). Biomass Energy Centre, Forest Research, Farnham.

Palmer, D., Tubby, I., Hogan, G. and Rolls, W. (2011). Biomass heating: a guide to medium wood chip log and wood pellet systems (PDF-4930K). Biomass Energy Centre, Forest Research, Farnham.

Palmer, D., Tubby, I., Hogan, G. and Rolls, W. (2011). Biomass heating: a guide to feasibility studies (PDF-3830K). Biomass Energy Centre, Forest Research, Farnham.

Howes, P., Bates. J., Landy, M., O'Brien, S., Herbert, R., Matthews, R. and Hogan, G.P. (2011). UK and Global Bioenergy Resource.  Final report to DECC, Reference No. ED56029.

Bridgwater, T., Barton, I., Bown, D., Jamieson, C., Saunders, R., Smith, W., Yates, N., Zimmermann, A., Smoker, N. & Hogan, G.P. (2006). Second generation transport biofuels – a mission to the Netherlands, Germany and Finland. DTI Global Watch Mission report.

Hall, A., Whatmore, S., Corson, A., Slatem, R., Grundy, A., Richards, G., Valentine, N., Sharman, P. & Hogan, G.P. (2005). From tree to fuel: woodfuel supply chain infrastructure in the USA. DTI Global Watch Mission report.

Mc Nelis, B., Bahaj, A., Infield, D., Thwaites, M., Weatherby, M., Marsh, J., Scott, D. & Hogan, G.P. (2003). Developments in solar photovoltaics in Japan. DTI Global Watch Mission report.

Brammer, J., Hall, A., Whatmore, S., McKendrick, K., Pritchard, D., Mowbray, P., Barnes, J., Smoker, N. & Hogan, G.P. (2003). Energy from biomass – a mission to Austria and Denmark. DTI Global Watch Mission report

Geoff has also written or contributed to a range of information sheets and other documents on behalf of the Biomass Energy Centre, contributed to articles published in newspapers and periodicals, and been interviewed by the BBC on radio and television.