• Hi I'm

    MAREK KUBIK

  • ABOUT

    I know what you're thinking. Who is that mysterious figure, gazing wistfully into the distance? I imagine the text overlay gave you a bit of a clue, but of course, a name tells you little. That's what this site is for; it's a sort of conduit for my thoughts, my passions and what I stand for.

    Marek Kubik

    Sustainability Pioneer

    Let's start with work. I think engineering and technology has a critical role in our future prosperity and (not to get all melodramatic about it) survival as a species. After my PhD I landed a brilliant job catalysing the growth of energy storage, a critical missing piece to bridging us to a sustainable energy economy. I worked with a great team of people to bring the first fully commercial battery energy storage array to the UK - a role for which I was recognised as EI Young Energy Professional of the Year. I relocated to Amsterdam in 2016 to help establish and scale a business to accelerate the growth of storage worldwide, for which Forbes Magazine recently made me an honouree of their 30 Under 30 list.

    Marek Kubik

    Serial Wanderluster

    I'm also an avid traveller (35+ countries across 5 continents and counting). I think finding new angles and perspectives on life is critical for helping us build bridges rather than walls between communities. I'm passionate about developing cultural fluency and better understanding others. I grew up in a small English village without all that much diversity, and travelling and working in different places around the world has brought me lifelong friends across continents, opened my eyes to different cultures and awed me with some of the diverse beauty of our planet.

    Marek Kubik

    A Frequent Failure

    Success can often look easy. I think we all know it isn't, and the hours of hard teamwork behind the scenes often never make the highlight reel of modern entrepreneurship or our social feeds. Most endeavours fail in their first attempt but I'm a believer in the words of Mary Pickford: 'this thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down' and I try to live to that. I'm a stubborn soul, and when my sights are set on a goal I consider important I work with determination, passion and above all resilience to make it happen.

  • Steve Jobs

    "The people who are crazy enough to think they'll change the world are the ones that do"

  • MY EXPERIENCE

    I like to face the kind of challenges that are imperative for humanity to solve head on. It feels like the best way to make a difference in the world. It's why energy and sustainability are so important to me.

    Industry Disruptor

    I have a decade of experience in technology and entrepreneurship in energy, sustainability and international development. In my career I've developed a skillset to break down complex issues, inform key strategic decisions and create pathways to scale. I currently lead the UK client solutions team at AES Energy Storage, bringing our market leading technology to forward thinking clients and accelerating the sustainable energy future.

    Academic Ponderer

    Being fascinated with the way things work from a young age I took the path of completing both a masters and doctorate in engineering, with a focus on how to make better use of renewable energy. I remain a Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading, through which I have been honoured to be an invited speaker on sustainability at places like Imperial, Henley Business School and Cambridge University.

    Policy Advisor

    I also worked for a time in Westminster as a Visiting Fellow at POST, advising policy and developing cross-party briefing notes for parliamentarians in both houses. Whilst living in Northern Ireland I represented the Energy Institute on the Stormont Science and Technology All-Party Group. I remain involved in supporting the development of policy through consultations and stakeholder engagement.

  • John F Kennedy

    "The problems of the world cannot possibly solved by sceptics or cynics. We need men that can dream of things that never were, and ask why not."

  • MY ADVENTURES

    I love to get involved in a whole host of things to challenge myself and develop as a person, as well as hopefully improve the world in some small way. Consider these my passions.

    The Explorer

    I'm an avid traveller, with a thirst to experience new cultures and meet new people. I've walked 5 continents, from deserts to rainforests, mountain peaks to ocean floors. Heading off to foreign places and making them part of my life is a vital part of me.

    The Photographer

    I love to capture the world's diverse wonders and curiosities through a lens, and have amassed a diverse collection from my travels. In 2015 I founded a start-up to exhibit my photography and also began to sell prints through my site Kubik Photography.

    The Volunteer

    I'm a member of startup charity Think Universal Power, which works to provide access to electricity in isolated communities. For 3 years I was also an activist at sustainable development charity EWB-UK, managing

    various international projects.

    The Mentor

    I've mentored students from deprived communities and difficult backgrounds, aiming to lift their aspirations. The school I worked with succeeded in doubling its GCSE pass rate, and I'm proud to have even made a small contribution.

    The Googler

    Being a bit of a tech nerd, I was thrilled to secure a visit to Mountain View, Google's HQ. I got the chance to trade insights with some brilliant smart creatives that work in sustainability there, crash the Google Science Fair and ride the campus bikes.

    The Ambassador

    As a STEMNET ambassador, I teach STEM to students of all ages right up to university and even internationally (taking a class of 6th formers in Brasilia). I've reached over 500+ students to date and in 2015 received a special recognition award for my 'substantial contribution to STEM'.

    The Polyglot

    I'm fortunate to be bilingual, but learning other languages didn't capture my interest until after I finished school. I became particularly captivated by Spanish and took it upon myself to begin to learn in my spare time. I'm glad I did, as it introduced me to some wonderful new friends, cuisine and culture.

    The Actor

    Film industry friends rejuvenated my interest in the creative arts (and yes that is the real Iron Throne). I'm a registered Extra and have appeared in several movie and tv productions including Cannes feature film 'A Christmas Star' alongside Pearce Brosnan and Liam Neeson.

    The Physicist

    NASA do more than fling rockets (and people) into space. They also have a big role in helping understand the world we live in. I worked with NASA data in my doctorate to validate a new way of simulating wind power, receiving a high commendation from the Institute of Physics in 2015.

    The YLUKer

    I'm a member of the US Embassy's UK Young Leaders program. The US Mission recognise this as a key way to strengthen the US-UK special relationship, through programs and opportunities in the US, as well as connecting with the Ambassador and US business leaders through hosted local events.

  • THE BLOG

    Some of my thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

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  • ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER

    Some of the diverse projects I've got involved with.

    Sustainable housing in India

    Mission: salvage international development project, empower locals.

    Analysis into an international development project to identify why earthquake resistant dome housing structures were failing. I worked with an Indian NGO and development charity EWB to find a solution. I also developed a structural analysis tool that empowered the NGO to teach structural design to its students. This was recognised by the Frazer-Nash Consultancy Award for Innovation and also got me named ICE Civil Engineering Student of the Year.

    Marek Kubik Photography

    Photography start-up

    Mission: take stories, not pictures.

    With encouragement from friends and family, I set out to stretch my entrepreneurial muscles and begin sharing my passion for travel photography. I've set up a website and negotiated some resale agreements through local businesses. I've exhibited in DOCK Cafe and Kaffe O in Belfast and been interviewed by BBC radio about my work and inspiration.

    The UK's biggest battery

    Mission: introduce game changing technology to market.

    I had a key role in the development of the UK’s largest and first fully commercial battery energy storage array in 2015, aligning stakeholders to accelerate market opening. The UK Government hailed it as 'game changing green technology' that will help integrate renewables, reduce bills and improve energy security. For my role I was named the Energy Institute Young Energy Professional of the Year.

    Carbon reduction

    Mission: cut EMEA office carbon footprint 20%.

    Asked by the regional president of a global energy company to report on their Europe, Middle East and Africa HQ carbon footprint. I produced a baseline report of emissions and was backed to support a project team to act on the findings. Ongoing monitoring identified the changes we implemented reduced emissions 40% after 2 years.

    Managing renewable intermittency

    Mission: figure out how to make wind work.

    I led collaborative industry and academic research to inform corporate strategy and identify challenges with renewables integration in Ireland. This highlighted opportunities to improve system security, reduce costs £1.9m and emissions by 20,000 tCO2 per year. I was named TSBE Researcher of the Year for my analysis and strategic plan.

  • J. R. R. Tolkien

    "Not all those who wander are lost"

  • PUBLICATIONS

    The following energy systems and energy modelling papers were written during the course of my doctorate and my ongoing Visiting Resarch Fellowship.

    Journal Papers

    Kubik, M.L., P.J. Coker, C. Hunt. The role of conventional generation in managing variability. Energy Policy Journal. Volume 50, November 2012, Pages 253–261. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.07.010

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    Kubik, M.L., D.J. Brayshaw, P.J. Coker and J. F. Barlow. Exploring the role of reanalysis data in simulating regional wind generation variability. Renewable Energy Journal. Volume 57, September 2013, Pages 558-561 . DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2013.02.012, 2013.

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    Kubik, M.L., P.J. Coker, J.F. Barlow and C. Hunt. A study into the accuracy of using meteorological wind data to estimate turbine generation output. Renewable Energy Journal. Volume 51, March 2013, Pages 153-158. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2012.08.084

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    Kubik, M.L., P.J. Coker, and J.F. Barlow. Increasing thermal plant flexibility in a high renewables power system. Applied Energy Journal. Volume 154, September 2015, Pages 102-111. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.04.063

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    P. V. Brogan, A. Alikhanzadeh, R. Best, J. Morrow and M. L. Kubik, Requirements for Synthetic Inertia Devices to Replicate the Inertial Response from Observed Synchronous Generators. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, February 2017

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    Conference Papers

    Kubik, M.L., P.J. Coker and C. Hunt. An overview of the current status of research into adopting high levels of renewables in Ireland. World Renewable Energy Congress XI Conference Proceedings. Elsevier. Abu Dhabi, 2010.

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    Kubik, M.L., P.J. Coker and C. Hunt. Adopting high levels of renewable electricity: an international perspective on approaches. 1st Annual TSBE EngD Conference Proceedings. Reading University, 2010.

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    Kubik, M.L., P.J. Coker, C. Hunt. Using meteorological wind data to estimate turbine generation output: a sensitivity analysis. World Renewable Energy Congress 2011 Conference Proceedings. Elsevier. Linkoping University, Sweden, 2011.

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    Kubik, M.L., P.J. Coker, C. Hunt and A.B Awbi. The impacts of renewable resource variability on conventional thermal generators. 2nd Annual TSBE EngD Conference Proceedings. Reading University, 2011.

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    Kubik, M.L., D.J. Brayshaw and P.J Coker. Reanalysis: An improved data set for simulating wind generation? World Renewable Energy Forum 2012 Conference Proceedings. Denver, USA, 2012.

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    Kubik, M.L., P.J. Coker, M. Miller and J. F. Barlow. The value of reducing minimum stable generation for integrating wind energy. 3rd Annual TSBE EngD Conference Proceedings. Reading University, 2012.

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    Kubik, M.L., M. Miller and P.J. Coker. The impacts and proposed solutions to significant renewable resource variability in Northern Ireland. AES Innovation Congress. Indianapolis, USA, 2013.

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    Kubik, M.L., P.J. Coker, M. Miller and J. F. Barlow. Responding to the challenges of wind variability. 4th Annual TSBE EngD Conference Proceedings. Reading University, 2012.

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    P.V. Brogan, A.H. Alikhansadeh, R. J. Best, D. J. Morrow, M. L. Kubik. Fast Frequency Response Requirements for Replacement of Observed Generator Response During Under Frequency Transients, CIGRE, Dublin, Ireland 2017.

    Thesis and Dissertation

    Kubik, M.L., The impact of high levels of renewable generation on conventional fossil fuel based electricity markets. Doctoral Thesis, The University of Reading. October 2013.

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    Kubik, M.L., The Structural Analysis of Geodesic Domes. Engineering Masters Thesis, Durham University School of Engineering, April 2009.

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    Media Mentions

    Reading graduate recognised as one of energy industry's brightest talents March 17, 2017 | The University of Reading

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    Durham Engineering Graduate listed in prestigious 'Forbes 30 Under 30' March 16, 2017 | Durham University

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    Podcast: Grid-scale battery storage – the view from Europe, November 9, 2016 | Renew Economy (Australia)

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    Bottling the wind, November 1, 2014 | New Scientist (United States)

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    China's mythical coal habit is no excuse for climate inaction, October 8, 2014 | Business Spectator (Australia)

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    Fear of blackouts is no reason to restrict renewable energy, July 7, 2014 | Ecologist (United Kingdom)

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    Relying on renewables need not mean dealing with blackouts, July 4, 2014 | Conversation UK (Australia)

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    Europe must look to renewables to solve Ukraine gas crisis, April 29, 2014 | Blue & Green Tomorrow (United Kingdom)

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    "Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us... every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there, on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

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