Narrative summary biography
Dr. Stas Burek has an MSc and PhD degrees in energy technology. Prior to joining GCU he worked as an energy consultant to local authorities in the South-West of England, and a Research and Development Engineer in energy-related manufacturing companies. He has over 25 years’ experience of research, consultancy and teaching in a wide range of energy technologies. Projects include feasibility studies for renewable energy, CHP and other technologies, renewable resource assessment, and practical monitoring, data collection and analysis.
Most recently he has been a technical adviser to the Steering Group for the Castlemilk and Carmunnock Community Windfarm, a community-based project to develop a 7.5MW windfarm, and a partner in a major EC-funded project to reduce cooling loads in hotels in southern Europe. Several other projects have been funded by the European Commission, involving partners from other parts of the UK, European and non-EU countries. He is currently working on several projects to develop energy efficiency and the renewable energy potential of small businesses in rural Scotland.
Stas is a committee member of the Scottish Solar Energy Group and the UK Solar Energy Society. He has made many presentations and organised CPD courses on energy topics for academic, business and industrial audiences. He has also contributed to discussion forums on the UK Energy White Paper, the Scottish Renewable Energy Policy and other such issues.
• Renewable Energy, especially solar and wind.
• Heat transfer in energy systems, especially buoyancy-driven convection
• Energy policy
• Energy use in buildings – sutainable energy and monitoring energy use.
Murray J., O. Pahl and S. Burek, Evaluating the Scope for Energy Efficiency Improvements in the Public Sector: Benchmarking NHScotland's Smaller Health Buildings, Energy Policy 36 (3) 1236-1242, 2008
Burek S.A.M., A. Habeb. Air Flow and Thermal Efficiency Characteristics in Solar Chimneys and Trombe Walls. Energy and Buildings 39 (2) 128-135, 2007.
Burek S. When will Fossil Fuels finally run out and what is the Technical Potential for Renewable Energy Resources? International Conference on Harnessing Technology (ICHT), Muscat, Oman, October 2008.
Burek S. Passive Solar Energy: Timely Revival of an Historic Art? Keynote Address, World Renewable Energy and Environment Conference (WREEC 2006), Tripoli, Libya, January 2006.
Grants and Contracts
• LowEHotels: EC-funded 6th Framework project on advanced systems for reduced energy consumption in hotels in southern Europe. Consortium of 9 partners, 127k EUR share of a total EC grant of 1.5 million EUR (2007 – 2009)
• GLOBE: Good Practice Guidelines and Legislation Reform on Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies in Built Environment Engineering: EC-funded TEMPUS project on curriculum development in Serbia. (2005 – 2006)
• Feasibility study for a solar boat on Loch Lomond (Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority, 2003).
• Energy demand and supply options for a Low Carbon Building (Eco-Office) (Mary Roslin Architect, for the Southern Uplands Partnership, 2007)
• Energy reviews for small tourism businesses in and around the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (under the KIT-OUT project, various clients, 2007-10)
• Micro-hydro scheme for Dalquhurn Estate – Feasibility study (Cordale Housin Association, 2010)