UCL Energy Institute



Research is the bedrock of UCL Energy Institute. Here you can find out more about the research themes, projects, centres and groups, contributing to our worldwide reputation.

Most energy problems are multidisciplinary in nature, spanning science, engineering and the social sciences. Different approaches are therefore needed to understand and tackle these issues. The UCL Energy Institute's research works to develop a range of tools, models and methods to address the energy challenges facing the world over the next two decades. Below, you will find information about our themesprojects and centres, and models.


Our research is divided into five broad areas. Within these, a number of research groups operate with a more specific focus, hosting researchers from across the College.

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Energy Systems

The Energy Systems theme is a highly interdisciplinary research team focusing on the interactions of different energy system elements, across a wide range of geographical scales and projects.

Buildings theme

Energy and Buildings

The Buildings theme covers domestic and non-domestic buildings, smart energy and district-level heating. Research groups include: PACE: People, Adaptability, Comfort and smart EnergyPhysical Characterisation of Buildings Group, and Building Stock Lab.


Energy and Transport

The Transport theme works productively accross modes of transport, with research groups who focus on AviationShipping, and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

Energy Space Time

Energy Space Time

The Energy Space Time theme carries out research into the design and application of sustainable energy systems, and whole system integration in space and time, including the Islands Lab research group.

Energy and Artificial Intelligence

Energy and Artificial Intelligence

The mission of the Energy and AI theme is to deploy the most cutting-edge and state-of-the-art algorithms and AI methods to solve problems of sustainability.

Research projects and centres

The UCL Energy Institute hosts research projects across all of our themes. We are also home to academic centres conducting world-leading research and teaching, including:

See all projects and centres

    Energy Models

    The UCL Energy Institute employs a variety of methods in its research, including data analysis and modelling. Find out more

    Other groups hosted by the UCL Energy Institute include: