Dr Richard Blanchard is a lecturer in renewable energy based at the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Loughborough University. He has worked in the field of renewable energy for over 25 years and has a wide knowledge of a range of technologies and applications. He teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition to teaching his research focuses on renewable energy for development activities including solar mini-grids, hybrid systems and bioenergy. He has over 100 publications. Outside work Richard enjoys walking dogs and the countryside.