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Elliot Woolley MPhys, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Manufacturing


Phone: 01509 225410

Expertise: Energy Management and Modelling, Renewable Energy, Environmental Enterprise Resource Planning


Having joined Loughborough University during 2010 in a business strategy development role for the Competitive Sustainable Manufacturing research cluster, Elliot was appointed Lecturer in Sustainable Manufacturing in April 2012. Based within the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART), he has an extensive but focused range of current research activities and mainly lectures on the University’s new MSc in Sustainable Engineering.

Previous to joining Loughborough University, Elliot worked for an international research and technology organisation where he was a key member of a highly successful team of funding specialist, developing R&D projects for a wide range of innovative small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises.

Elliot holds a first class MPhys in Applied Physics from the Nottingham Trent University and obtained his PhD in the field of atomic physics and nuclear magnetic resonance in 2007 from the University of Nottingham.


Broad Interests & Expertise

  • Energy Management

  • Energy Modelling

  • Environmental Enterprise Resource Planning

  • Renewable Energy Resources

Research Interests & Activities

Elliot’s primary research focus is on the understanding and rationalisation of energy consumption within manufacturing plants and processes and in the recovery and reuse of energy as a resource. In addition, through his research, he is developing the ability of manufacturing enterprises to monitor and control their environmental impacts (resource consumption and emissions) in real-time through intelligent data collection, information processing, and automated planning and control.

Research Interests:

  • Eco-intelligent manufacturing: real-time energy management for flexible and reactive factories.

  • Improve the uptake of renewable energies by enabling production to be responsive to unpredictability in supply.

  • Modelling of energy consumption on the plant, process and product level.

  • Energy capture and reuse within manufacturing enterprises.

  • New manufacturing/consumption models – understanding what the future manufacturing industry will look like.

Research Activities:

  • Currently the PI on a 3 year research project entitled ‘Eco-Intelligent Factories’, a project that will develop both new sensing/metering technologies and decision support tools to enable manufacturers to influence real-time planning and control decisions with environmental considerations. This project is funded by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability.

  • CoI on a new 5-year, £5.7m EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, Unilever, PepsiCo and Master Foods amongst many others.

  • On-going bi-lateral research activities with General Motors on projects seeking to achieve energy minimisation through better decision making.

  • Supervising a PhD project on industrial entropy modelling for energy reuse and recycling within manufacturing plants.

  • Supervising a PhD project on novel sensor and meters for data collection to support eco-intelligent decision making.

External Activities

Elliot is an active member of EPSRC’s Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research. The forum is comprised of 20 promising new academics who together seek to re-establish the United Kingdom as the global manufacturing leader by fostering future research and leadership through early career development, multidisciplinary collaboration, attracting stakeholder investment and influencing policy.

Elliot is an external reviewer for a number of international journals and conferences, including The International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, The International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management and CIRP’s Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing.