Tim O’Callaghan has extensive experience providing sustainability and net zero consultancy for North Northamptonshire Council, large scale renewable energy schemes and for UK housing developers. Tim project manages international EU Horizon 2020 projects (www.flexunity.eu/, https://re-cognition-project.eu/) and is delivering pilot trials for novel low carbon technology across North Northamptonshire evaluating the impact, user adoption and feedback, costs and carbon savings potential of new energy generation and flexibility management technologies, incorporating the latest solar, battery, wind turbine and flexibility technologies to understand how best to manage energy across and within communities.
Tim led reports evaluating the human requirements and barriers for public adoption of EV charging hubs (Innovate UK CHUBBY) and the social impacts of battery storage limiting uptake by residents and businesses (Horizon 2020 RE-COGNITION). Tim is leading sustainability discussions and negotiations with the Hanwood Park Garden Community development on behalf of NNC and is exploring technical, regulatory and policy-based mechanisms to ensure the development meets net zero targets and becomes an exemplary sustainable community. Working with landowners and housing developer consortia, Tim is assessing the opportunities for large-scale solar developments across the region and determining the requirements for novel community green energy supply arrangements.
As part of the North Northamptonshire to Net Zero (NN2NZ) project, Tim led the development of a Digital Twin modelling and simulation tool for North Northamptonshire which enables the carbon impacts of behavioural carbon saving initiatives, planning, infrastructure to be simulated and tested before recommendations are made for new projects or policy.