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 themes, projects and centres, and models.


Our research is divided into four 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 and Environmental Systems

The Energy and Environmental 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, including the Energy Space and Time Group, Islands Research Lab and Energy and Development Group.

Energy and Artificial Intelligence

Energy and Data Analytics

The mission of the Energy and Data analytics theme is to deploy the most cutting-edge and state-of-the-art algorithms and AI methods to solve problems of sustainability. The theme includes the Energy Systems and Artificial Intelligence Lab.


Energy and Transport

The Transport theme works productively across modes of transport, with the following research groups and labs: Aviation Transportation Systems (ATS) LabShipping Research Group, and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaSLab).

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, Building Stock Lab and Smart Energy Research Group (SERG).

Research project directory

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.

Explore our research 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