3. Profiles
Prof Ian Fells
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Prof Ian Fells CBE FRSE FREng Principal
Founder chairman of the New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) Blyth 2003 to Sept 2005
Ian Fells was educated at Trinity College Cambridge where he gained a PhD in reaction kinetics. He also spent time in the army on national service as chief wireless officer British Troops in Austria. After lecturing at Sheffield University he was appointed Reader in Fuel Science at The University of Durham in 1962. He has been Professor of Energy Conversion at The University of Newcastle since 1975 and has published some 250 papers on topics as varied as the chemical physics of combustion, fuel cells, rocket combustion, energy economics, environmental protection, energy conversion systems, and energy policy. He was elected fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering in 1979, was president of The Institute of Energy for 1978/79 and was elected fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1996. He was awarded a CBE in June 2000. He has made over 500 television and radio programmes and believes in improving the public understanding of science via the media. He also believes this to be a responsibility of all scientists and engineers. Ian Fells was a science advisor to The World Energy Council (1987 to 1998), has been special adviser to The House of Lords Select Committee on The European Community dealing with energy and the environment and the House of Commons select committee for Trade & Industry & Environment. He has been Energy Adviser to the EC and European Parliament and has advised a number of foreign governments on energy policy. In 1993 he was awarded the Michael Faraday medal and prize by the Royal Society. His recreations are listed in Who's Who as sailing, cross country skiing and "energy conversation
Alastair Fells
AMEI IEng
Alastair holds an HND in Applied Physics and Post Graduate Diploma in Fuel Technology. He has 19 years experience in the environmental and energy industry working in both the public and private sectors. His most recent experience is in energy policy analysis and communications. Alastair is also visiting lecturer to the department of Chemical and Process Engineering at Newcastle University, lecturing on the MSc course in Clean Technology.
Crispin Fells
Cris Fells M.Eng.
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Crispin was educated at Leeds University where he gained a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has nineteen years experience in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries working on integrated Process, Plant and Business, modelling and optimisation.  He has extensive experience in applying statistical analysis techniques performing RAM (Reliability Availability & Maintenance) studies for Oil & Gas  Exploration and Production Operations worldwide.
Studies performed include Tank Farm optimisation, Oil and Gas tanker logistics, sizing scheduling and optimisation.  Recent work includes "Life Of Field" year on year predictions of Operating Efficiency for operations in the Middle east, West of Africa and Alaska with emphasis on 1st Year Operability.
Typically the models used include all production critical processing equipment e.g. valves, vessels, pumps motors, compressors, Gas Turbines etc used on an FPSO (Floating Production, Storage, & Offtake) or fixed structure.  Production profiles on a well by well basis are fed through the model which superimposes the impact of equipment failures, repair times, resources availability, project schedules to predict the likely production delivery from wells to market.
The techniques used include "Monte Carlo Analysis", Systems Thinking, and bespoke computer programming.
The tools used include Witness, Simul8, iThink, Powersim, Visual Basic, "C".
Other models have been applied to
  • "Holistic" analysis of Combined Heat and Power designs for housing developments.
  • "Pre-Floatation on AIM (Alternative Investment Market)" technology evaluation of Novel Wave power device.
  • Assist on other renewable energy extraction designs.
  • Pipeline Coatings and their friction factor reducing effects on CAPEX analysis tool development.
  • Overseeing / quality assurance of RAM work on behalf of Oil Major.
  • RAM analysis software specification and design for Oil & Gas Major in-house tool set.
Key Words
CAPEX OPEX Operating Efficiency Production Efficiency RAM Analysis Monte-Carlo System Dynamics Scheduling Optimisation MTBF MTTR OREDA Reliability Data Risk Simulation Model Engineering Reliability Specialist Choke Model North Sea Angola
Jonathan Fells
Jonathan Fells is an electronics engineer/applied physicist with a Master's degree in micro- electronics technology, specialising in design of semi-custom integrated circuits. He has managed programmes for British Aerospace, Tag MacLaren Group, GEC-Marconi and General Dynamics UK.
Nicholas Fells
Associate Candida Whitmill
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