UCL Energy Institute

Dr Santiago Suarez De La Fuente

Dr Santiago Suarez De La Fuente

Lecturer in Energy and Transport

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Nov 2012

Research summary

His research focuses on organic Rankine cycles on-board ships, specially, in safety, cargo impact, environmental protection and alternative cooling methods. He started the discussion of using waste heat recovery systems (WHRS) cooled by air in the Arctic as a technological option to reduce fuel consumption and emissions for different vessels. Also, he has worked in the Shipping in Changing Climates project (SCC, http://www.lowcarbonshipping.co.uk/) as a developer of the holistic ship design software called Whole Ship Model (WSM). WSM calculates the impact of different technologies, fuels and design methods in the performance of whole marine fleets. The WSM has been used successfully to inform different maritime groups, such as the Danish Shipping Association, of the possible benefits and secondary effects of efficiency measures to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Recently, he has been working with shipping continuous monitoring data for a large number of ships to describe their operation and detect areas of efficiency enhancement. 

Teaching summary

Dr Santiago Suárez de la Fuente gives the lecture Spatial Analysis of Energy Data for the Energy Systems and Data Analytics MSc at UCL Energy Institute. The purpose of this module is to introduce energy modelling analysis where there is spatial and temporal elements which can reveal important and relevant relations between energy potential, resources and demand.

Geospatial energy analysis does not only brings understanding of the energy potential of a particular region but it also gives a solid base for feasibility studies, policy making and socio-environmental impacts. This cutting-edge discipline uses available georeferenced data from sensors, records, models and meters to recognise regional and global patterns that can be used to combat climate change and energy poverty. The module provides students with core GIS (Geographic Information System) skills using QGIS and R. The module combines theoretical (lecture) and practical (tutorials) knowledge with surgeries.

As well, he supports the lecture Energy and Transport Analytics and MSc thesis supervision.

He was teaching assistant for first year mathematics lecture and lab assistant for second year control systems lecture for the UCL’s Mechanical Engineering department. Also, he was a teaching assistant for the Maritime Technology Education Consortium.


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow | 2018
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2016
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2011
Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO)
First Degree, BSc (Hons) Open | 2005


Dr Santiago Suárez de la Fuente is Lecturer in Energy and Transport at University College London (UCL) Energy Institute. His research focuses on marine energy efficient technologies in particular waste energy recovery systems (WERS), holistic modelling approaches for the maritime sector, performance data analytics and decarbonisation pathways. He is co-developer of the ship design software called Whole Ship Model (WSM), which has been used successfully to inform different maritime groups of the implications of different decarbonisation approaches. Dr Suarez de la Fuente did his PhD at UCL on marine waste heat recovery systems (WHRS). He was granted the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Stanley Gray fellowship for his research, and was awarded the IMarEST’s prestigious Denny Medal in 2017 for the paper ‘Making shipping greener: comparative study between organic fluids and water for Rankine cycle waste heat recovery’ (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20464177.2015.1077601published in 2015 in the Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology. He studied his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO, Mexico). He has an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering at UCL (2010-2011) and earned distinction for his dissertation on thermal efficiency in electrical transformers. He has five years of experience in the metal mechanic and electrical industry. 

He has been participating actively in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee sessions with the aim of informing policy-makers of different decarbonisation pathways for shipping in the medium and long term. He participated in energy efficient technologies programs to develop marine waste energy recovery systems to allow ships to have a better operational efficiency. As well, he participated in several scenario-based studies for the shipping industry to determine possible decarbonisation pathways for the UK Department of Transport and the Danish Shipping Association.