Bob Lloyd has more nearly 40 years’ experience in renewable energy, energy policy in developing countries and energy efficiency. He started working at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in the physics department in 1976 and progressed to become Director of the consulting wing of the science faculty, the Institute of Applied Sciences, at USP. During this time he completed extensive research and numerous consultancy contracts throughout USP member countries. In 1995 he returned to Australia to work as research coordinator for the Centre for Appropriate Technology in Alice Springs. Here he investigated renewable energy options for remote aboriginal communities and was the key formulator of the very successful Bushlight program funded by the Australian Government to the tune of around A$40 million.
The Bushlight program let him to be headhunted to the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) located at Murdoch University in WA. Here, in addition to the Bushlight Project, he worked with industry on various renewable energy projects including putting forward a successful funding proposal to the Australian Government for the setting up of a National renewable energy test centre which became ACRElab (now ResLab).
In 2002 he moved to Otago University in NZ to take up the role of Director of Energy Studies within the Physics Department. Here he moved research interests to energy efficiency including energy efficient housing. In addition he kept up his interests in developing country energy issues supervising a range post graduate research students from Tonga, India, China, PNG, Malawi, Trinidad, Tobago, Kiribati, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Associate Professor Lloyd has a PhD in Physics from Flinders University in Australia and a Master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of New South Wales.