Hi I'm
John Farquhar

  • Position: Senior Renewables Consultant
  • Location: South East Scotland
  • Expertise:
    • Climate, Environment and Wildlife
    • Technology
    • Energy

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I have broad expertise and interest in mechanical engineering, sustainability, life cycle assessment and renewable energy. My work focuses on technical support and design work for clients involved with renewable energy and energy recovery.

I received a degree in Botany from UEA in 1997, initiating my work in forestry and forest resources. Starting as a forestry contractor as a holiday job, then after university working as a botanist on tropical forest conservation projects. In 2000 I  had my first full woodfuel job working on SRC research for the Forestry Commission. 2006 saw me move to a woodfuel technical advisory role for RDI in the north east, covering advice and training in fuel supply chains and installations.

In 2012 I moved to SAC Consulting as Senior Renewables Consultant, where I work on technical design and support for a wide range of renewable energy and efficiency projects, and systems modelling for carbon optimisation of various processes.

Areas of expertise and interests

  • Climate, Environment and Wildlife
  • Technology
  • Energy

I'm currently working on

  • methane mitigation systems for the beef sector
  • 3MW heat pump drying system design
  • hydrogen feasibility at the farm scale
  • carbon assessments for Scottish peatland uses
  • CARES funded renewable feasibility study

My professional highlights

  • technical lead on the Innovate UK - Enerwater project, researching energy recovery from dairy processing refrigeration plant
  • designer of the simplified GHG calculator for the RHI Biomass Suppliers List (BSL)
  • lead trainer for the Pan-European woodfuel supply chain training programme
    WETNet, lead trainer on the ignite suite of woodfuel training
  • feasibility, design, support and technical advice for over 70 successful renewables
    installations, totalling over 30MW
  • support of fuel supply contracts of over 4,500 tonnes of woodfuel a year

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