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 Oct 2016

Research summary

His research focuses on organic Rankine cycles on-board ships, specially, in safety, cargo impact, environmental protection and alternative cooling methods. Recently, 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. 

Teaching summary

He has been a teaching assistant for first year mathematics lecture and lab assistant for second year control systems lecture for the department of Mechanical Engineering. Also, he is a teaching assistant for the Maritime Technology Education Consortium and frequently helps in supervising undergraduate and master students’ projects.


University College London
AFHEA, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2018
University College London
PhD, Marine Engineering | 2016
University College London
MSc, Mechanical Engineering | 2011


Dr Suarez de la Fuente did his PhD at UCL on waste heat recovery systems (WHRS) for the maritime industry. He was granted the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Stanley Gray fellowship for his first findings on the application of alternative WHRS for shipping. He studied his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO, Guadalajara) during 2000-2004. He has an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering at UCL (2010-2011). He earned distinction for his dissertation on thermal efficiency in electrical transformers. Before entering the MSc he worked in Tyco Valves and Control as a junior planner and in Cooper Power Systems as senior engineer in electrical transformers. Recently, Dr Suarez de la Fuente, alongside with his PhD supervisor Prof Alistair Greig, was awarded the IMarEST’s prestigious Denny Medal for their paper ‘Making shipping greener: comparative study between organic fluids and water for Rankine cycle waste heat recovery’ (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20464177.2015.1077601) published in 2015 in the Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology.

Through the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and in collaboration with UCL Energy Institute, 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 is an external examiner of the Energy Technologies Institute for their “Heavy Duty Vehicle Marine Waste Heat Recovery Project”.