David Infield


  • United Kingdom


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Research Interests

My research interests are with electricity generation from renewable energy sources, in particular from wind and to a lesser extent photovoltaics (PV), and the integration of these sources into electricity systems large and small. Associated with this central challenge I take an interest in energy storage technology and application, and increasingly demand side management such as available through controlled charging of electric vehicles.  

Specific areas of research related to wind energy that I am presently active in include:

  • condition monitoring for large offshore turbines;
  • drive train analysis with an emphasis on improving reliability;
  • wind resource spatio-temporal modelling; and
  • power system support services such as frequency support from wind turbines.

Personal Statement

I joined the University in 2007 as Professor in Renewable Energy Technologies.  Together with colleagues, a considerable wind energy research activity has been built up since then. For five years I was Manager of the Doctoral Training Centre in Wind Energy Systems, delivering four year PhDs with a considerable training element; this was extended into the Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems for which I played a leading managerial role before retiring and taking on the role of Research Professor.  My teaching was mainly to these Doctoral students although I also supervised Undergraduate and Masters student projects across a range of renewable energy related topics.

My main responsibility outside the University is as Editor in Chief of the IET’s Renewable Power Generation journal.  

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Kent

Bachelor of Mathematics and Physics, Lancaster University

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Research Output

Fault diagnosis of wind turbine with SCADA alarms based multidimensional information processing method

Qiu, Y., Feng, Y. & Infield, D., 31 Jan 2020, In : Renewable Energy. 145, p. 1923-1931 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)


    Development of novel gearbox lubrication condition monitoring sensors in the context of wind turbine gearboxes

    Author: Hamilton, A., 7 Oct 2015

    Supervisor: Quail, F. (Supervisor) & Infield, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Dynamic response of spar-type offshore floating wind turbines

    Author: Proskovics, R., 13 Nov 2015

    Supervisor: Day, A. (Supervisor) & Infield, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Elected member of European Technology Platform Wind

    David Infield (Recipient), Oct 2008

    Prize: Election to learned society


    David Infield (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Election to learned society

  • Activities

    IPCC (External organisation)

    David Infield (Advisor)
    11 Aug 20175 Sep 2017

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Offshore Wind Energy

    David Infield (Speaker)
    3 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk