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 landing page is for; it's a sort of conduit for my thoughts, my passions and what I stand for.
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. Critical to this is accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy, for which energy storage is the critical missing piece. After my PhD I worked to develop Europe's first commercial battery project, later going on to help establish and scale cleantech unicorn Fluence. I'm a passionate technology evangelist and frequent public speaker on clean energy, from school STEM programs to plenary keynotes with audiences of several thousand delegates. In 2017, Forbes made me an honouree of their 30 Under 30 list in recognition of my leadership in this sector.
I spend time thinking about the world we live in and the science and technology breakthroughs that are shaping the world. The future isn't some abstract, distant utopia (or dystopia); the technology adoption curve is accelerating, often with implications difficult to comprehend. I'm a frequent media contributor through various platforms on the topic; recently giving a TED talk (ranked one of the top talks by both Forbes and Freeing Energy) on a vision for the possible future energy system we are rapidly converging towards, shaped by technology and people. I hope that by understanding and exploring these ideas, we can better equip ourselves to deal with the fourth industrial revolution.
I'm an avid traveller and digital nomad, having visited 60+ countries across 6 continents and taking over 100 flights a year (yes, aviation is another passion - especially developments to make aviation a sustainable way of connecting the world). I think that finding new angles and perspectives on all global issues is critical for helping us build bridges rather than walls between communities; and desperately needed in a world heading in the opposite direction. I'm passionate about developing cultural fluency and better understanding others, and travelling and working in different places around the world has afforded me this opportunity.
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."
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Some of the diverse projects I've been 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 structural analysis tools that empowered the NGO to teach structural design to its students. This was recognised by the Frazer-Nash Consultancy Award for Innovation and the honour of ICE Civil Engineering Student of the Year.
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.
Europe's first battery
Mission: introduce game changing technology to market.
I had a key role in the development of (at that time) Europe'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 leading the project I was named the Energy Institute Young Energy Professional of the Year.
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 more than doubled our goal, reducing emissions by 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. The University of Reading awarded me TSBE Researcher of the Year for my analysis and strategic plan.
Europe's Largest Energy Storage Project
Mission: make a step change contribution to renewable energy
Fluence is providing the technology for InterGen's 320MW/640MWh Gateway battery energy storage project, having worked under exclusivity with InterGen under my leadership to bring the project to fruition. The Gateway project is more than ten times larger than the biggest UK battery currently in operation.
The following energy systems and energy modelling papers were written during the course of my doctorate, my Visiting Research Fellowship, and more recent industry collaborations. I've made these open access wherever possible.
Brogan, P. V., Best, R., Morrow, J., Duncan R., Kubik, M.L, Stacking Battery Energy Storage Revenues with Enhanced Service Provision. IET Smart Grid 2019, Available online 05 September 2019. DOI: 10.1049/iet-stg.2018.0255.
Brogan, P. V., Best, R., Morrow, J., McKinley, K., Kubik, M.L, Effect of BESS Response on Frequency and RoCoF During Under Frequency Transients. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. Vol 34: Issue 1. January 2019. DOI: 10.1109/TPWRS.2018.2862147.
Brogan, P. V., Best, R., Morrow, J.; Gharavi, H.; Kubik, M.L., Modelling optimisation and protection outcomes from distributed assets controlled to reduce a PMU based multi-objective cost function. The Journal of Engineering. October 2018. Vol: 2018, Issue 15. DOI: 10.1049/joe.2018.0241
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 2013.
P. Brogan, A.H. Alikhanzadeh, R. Best, J. Morrow, and M. L. Kubik, "Fast Frequency Response Requirements for Replacement of Observed Generator Response During Under Frequency Transients" 2017 Cigré | International Symposium, Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland, 2017.
P. Brogan, R. Best, J. Morrow, Gharavi, H. and M. L. Kubik , "Modelling Optimisation and Projection Outcomesfrom Distributed Assets Controlled to Reduce a PMU Based Multi-Objective Cost Function" IET DPSP, March 2018.
P. Brogan, R. Best, J. Morrow, C. Bradley, M. Rafferty and M. L. Kubik, "Triggering BESS Inertial Response with Synchronous Machine Measurements" 2018 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, August 5 - 10, Portland, USA.
R. Best, A.H. Alikhanzadeh, P. Brogan, J. Morrow, M. L. Kubik and B. Mongan, "Reactive Power Injection from Battery Energy Storage During Voltage Dips at a Thermal Power Plant" 2018 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, August 5 - 10, Portland, USA.
P. Brogan, R. Best, J. Morrow, A.H. Alikhanzadeh and M. L. Kubik , "Per Unit Displacement of Synchronous Inertia With BESS Synthetic Inertia Devices" 2019 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, August 4 - 8, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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.
Kubik, M.L., The Structural Analysis of Geodesic Domes. Engineering Masters Thesis, Durham University School of Engineering, April 2009.
IMPACT 20: The National Conversation. "Sustainability: Harnessing the momentum of a greener economy" | September 2020
SunCast Podcast: "Episode 251 - Can Batteries win in pay-for-performance?" | April 2020
Redefining Energy Podcast: "Episode 21: Energy Storage System: “the Holy Grail” | March 2020
Shell: The Energy Podcast: "Episode 1 - Battery technology: where could it take us?" | April 2019
Leaders In Cleantech Podcast: "Episode 8: Interview, Marek Kubik" | January 2019
The long read: Whipping up inertia | November 14, 2020 | PV Magazine
Interview with Marek Kubik, leading expert on Energy Storage | October 2020 | Clima Investments
Battery Storage to top out at 10 hours say webinar speakers | July 2, 2020 | ReTHINK
Energy Storage: Why the UK isn't going with the flow | June 12, 2020 | The Energyst
Pandemic Shows A Low Cabon Future In Dire Need Of Batteries | June 3, 2020 | Bloomberg
Energy in transition series: Battery storage | May 20, 2020 | Weightmans
No Subsidies Please, Says Europe’s Struggling Energy Storage Sector | March 5, 2020 | Greentech Media
Q&A: Fluence's Marek Kubik discusses Ultra-fast battery response for DS3 | February 24, 2020 | Energy Storage News
The Dawn of Megastorage | August 19, 2019 | Pv Magazine
The Top TED Talks on clean energy | April 15, 2019 | The Freeing Energy Project
5 Renewable Energy TED Talks to start your 2019 | January 4, 2019 | Forbes.com
Current± Predicts: The Energy Transition in 2019; Part One | December 17, 2018 | Current± News
Silver Bullets are for Werewolf Movies: Being Real About Energy Storage June 25, 2018 | Energy Storage News
Macedonia Energy Forum Live Stream #MEF2018MK | June 7, 2018
Fluence’s Marek Kubik on solar firming and decarbonisation with energy storage March 29, 2018 | Energy Storage News
Time's up for coal. Why renewables and storage will define our future January 22, 2018 | The World Economic Forum
Reading graduate recognised as one of energy industry's brightest talents March 17, 2017 | The University of Reading
Durham Engineering Graduate listed in prestigious 'Forbes 30 Under 30' March 16, 2017 | Durham University
Podcast: Grid-scale battery storage – the view from Europe, November 9, 2016 | Renew Economy (Australia)
Bottling the wind, November 1, 2014 | New Scientist (United States)
China's mythical coal habit is no excuse for climate inaction, October 8, 2014 | Business Spectator (Australia)
Fear of blackouts is no reason to restrict renewable energy, July 7, 2014 | Ecologist (United Kingdom)
Relying on renewables need not mean dealing with blackouts, July 4, 2014 | Conversation UK (Australia)
Europe must look to renewables to solve Ukraine gas crisis, April 29, 2014 | Blue & Green Tomorrow (United Kingdom)
J. R. R. Tolkien
"Not all those who wander are lost"
"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."