Mr David Sprake

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Room
C126

Biography

David is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering and Programme Leader for Renewable and Sustainable Engineering.

Before entering higher education, David spent 10 years working in engineering (contracting and consulting) projects such as power stations, road construction, sea defences, public health (fresh water), topographic surveying and structural engineering.

David has won the following Student union (student voted) awards:

  • Winner: Best lecturer 2019
  • Winner: Sustainability champion 2020
  • Short list Sustainability champion 2021

David also holds the following roles in the University:

  • A board of governor of the University (elected academic staff member).
  • Director Glyndwr Innovations Ltd. (A university business)
  • A University Green champion
  • Mental health first aider 2021

David collaborates with industry and other academic institutions:

Assessing National trust property for renewable energy potential project.

Knowledge transfer partnership with Envirohire (Local business) developing innovative new testing equipment for a ground source heat pump.

External examiner for renewable energy programmes at the university highlands and islands (Scotland)(2016-2020)

External validation panel member FdSc Energy and Environment, 2019, University of Suffolk’s partner institution.

Erasmus programme visiting lecturer: (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) teaching in ICAM, Lille, France. 2017, 2019, 2020.

Regular guest lectures: IMechE, round table, various “Climate change & Renewable Energy – The solutions and their problems" (2020).

Keynote speaker: Electrical energy systems conference. Lutsk National Technical University, Ukraine. December 2020.

Expert panel member: Climate regional COP summit, June 2021

David is currently completing his PhD in how large housing estates can be built or retrofitted to become carbon neutral with the use of renewable energy, energy storage and smart grids.

David likes to travel and enjoys walking and mountain biking in his spare time. He founded his own website www.solicitor.info helping people find a trusted lawyer.

 

 

Qualifications

BEng(hons) Civil Engineering (University of Liverpool)

Post graduate certificate in Education (PGCE)

Chartered Energy Engineer. (CEng)

Member of the energy institute (MEI)

Fellow higher education academy

PhD: ongoing (Completion predicted 2021) How large housing estates can be built or retrofitted to become carbon neutral with the use of renewable energy, energy storage and smart grids.

Research

David is interested in the following areas of research:

  • Future Energy mix
  • Energy modelling of smart grids (on and off grid)
  • Energy reduction techniques
  • Powering future housing estates with carbon neutrality
  • New innovations in renewable energy
  • Climate change
  • Hydrogen vs Electric vehicles
  • New innovations in energy storage
  • Sterling engines

Courses

David has taught the following modules:

 

ENG454 Work Based investigation and training.

ENG455 Operations management.

ENG477 Sustainable design

ENG483 Energy Systems and Sustainability.

ENG501 Business Management.

ENG50D Low carbon technologies.

ENG53F Renewable engineering.

ENG544 Work based project.

ENG60H Advanced renewable technology

ENG641 Impact of Innovative Technology.

ENG646 Wind turbine design and analysis.

ENG654 Project supervision.

ENG661 Intro to Nuclear Engineering and Economics.

BUS605 Managing Workforce Engagement & Commitment

ENG706 Sustainable design and innovation

ENG736 Analysis of Renewable & Sustainable Systems

M66 MSc Project supervision.

AUR514 Building services.

AUR576 Construction Technology 2.

AUR601 Dissertation supervision.

AUR623 Health and Safety in construction.

AURH 446 Building services.

AURH 448 Building Technology A.

AURH 540 Group project.

AURH 444 Site Surveying Procedures.

AURH 446 Building services.

HNC Unit 10 Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering.

HNC Unit 9 Building surveying.

 

Guest lectures:

Climate change and how to fix it

Climate change & Renewable Energy – The solutions and their problems

How to get to number 1 in google listing

Publications

Sprake, D, Vagapov Y. (2021), "Stakeholder Relationships Towards Influencing New Zero Carbon House Building in the UK," 2021 IEEE Conference of Russian Young Researchers in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (ElConRus), 2021, pp. 2891-2897, doi:10.1109/ElConRus51938.2021.9396488.

https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9396488

Sprake, D., Vagapov. Y., Lupin. S. and Anuchin, A. (2017) ‘Housing estate energy storage feasibility for a 2050 scenario’, Proc. 7th IEEE Int. Conf. on Internet Technologies and Applications ITA-17, Wrexham, UK, 12-15 Sept. 2017, pp. 137-142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ITECHA.2017.8101925

Hecht, C., Sprake, D., Vagapov, Y. et al. Domestic demand-side management: analysis of microgrid with renewable energy sources using historical load dataElectr Eng (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00202-020-01197-y

Oudin, A., Sprake, D., Vagapov, Y. and Simonova, O. (2017) ‘A geographical information system approach for analysis of surface areas in the context of renewable energy resources’, Proc. 2017 IEEE NW Russia Young Researchers in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Conf., Moscow, Russia, 1-3 Feb. 2017, pp. 513-517, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EIConRus.2017.7910604

Jones, O., Sprake, D., Vagapov, Y. and Borzistaya, E. (2017) ‘Modelling and development of energy management system in a domestic building: Case study’, Proc.. 2017 IEEE NW Russia Young Researchers in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Conf., Moscow, Russia, 1-3 Feb. 2017, pp. 429-434, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EIConRus.2017.7910583

M. Knupfer, D. Sprake, Y. Vagapov and A. Anuchin, "Cross impact analysis of Vehicle-to-Grid technologies in the context of 2030," 2016 IX International Conference on Power Drives Systems (ICPDS), Perm, 2016, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1109/ICPDS.2016.7756682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICPDS.2016.7756682

Pommerening, P., Sprake, D., Vagapov, Y. and Petrov, N. (2016) ‘Future grid 2050 in context of UK Gone Green scenario’, Proc. 2016 IEEE NW Russia Young Researchers in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Conf., Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2-3 Feb. 2016, pp. 780-784, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EIConRusNW.2016.7448298

Brandeis, L., Sprake, D., Vagapov, Y. and Hein Tun (2016) ‘Analysis of electrical energy storage technologies for future electric grid’, Proc. 2016 IEEE NW Russia Young Researchers in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Conf., Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2-3 Feb. 2016, pp. 513-518, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EIConRusNW.2016.7448235