UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Seyed Mehdi Mohaghegh

Seyed completed his MRes in Energy demand studies at UCL in 2013. Prior to joining UCL Energy institute he graduated with a MSc. in Sustainable Energy Technologies at Brunel University. As part of his dissertation, he was selected for a project sponsored by the TRUMPF Company, based in Switzerland that dealt with opportunities for heat recovery in industrial buildings. He spent the summer of 2012 in TRUMPF R&D department working on his final project. The success of the project led to a major heat recovery in the TRUMPF industrial installations. 

In 2008, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering (BSc.) at the University of Tehran. Just after graduation, he co-founded Radnour Solar, an engineering service company specialized in design and implementation of both domestic and large-scale renewable energy solutions. For three years, he managed a wide range of projects throughout the Middle East in solar electricity power, wind energy, ground source heat pump and energy efficiency improvement.

For his PhD, Seyed has been awarded a four year BHP Billiton Doctoral Studentship with the UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR) and he is currently working on modelling material use in global energy systems.

Research subject

The topic of “sustainability” need to be analysed by considering the impact of such diverse sectors as energy, material, natural resources and climate systems. The important point is that due to the “hyperconnectivity” among these sectors, ignoring their interactions, dependencies, and links in transition pathways can produce catastrophic results. For this reason, some recent studies have suggested the “nexus” approach for analysing and modelling low-carbon future scenarios. In general, in a large-scale  “nexus” approach, the system deals with complexities and feedback mechanisms resulting from the interactions of diverse sectors such as climate, energy, materials, land and water. However, for this Ph.D. project, the primary focus is on the interaction of material and energy as an inter-sectoral segment of the nexus approach. 

In this PhD project, the goals are to (a) model the use of materials within the transition pathways generated for a low-carbon future and (b) compare the required material flow in these low-carbon pathways with the material flow in the based projections.

Some of the applications and advantages of this research include: 

• Providing science-based support for policy makers regarding the required materials for low-carbon energy systems.

• Considering realistic uncertainties associated with the material flow inside energy systems and applying appropriate probabilistic methods.

• Advancing TIAM-UCL by adding the material flow module. TIAM-UCL encompasses 16 global regions and this additional module could provide a more complete analysis regarding the distribution of required material resources within energy systems, which would generate favorable options for trade and also reduce the cost of welfare.