UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering



AGILE is an ambitious proposal bringing together a variety of digital technologies that can enable the integration of a new form of distributed intermediation in energy markets.

AGILE logo - the word AGILE with a light bulb replacing the 'I'.

22 July 2019

Project overview 

AGILE investigates a digitally enabled and integrated solution to provide distributed resources to the energy market.  It focuses on transacting with customers responsible for generation, demand and storage assets deep down in the utility networks, which together have potential for flexibility and providing support for intermittent renewable generation sources. 


Prof Liz Varga, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. 


The AGILE project started on 1 Dec 2018, and is set to run for 24 months. 


The AGILE project has received £890,000 in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Visit the EPSRC website.


  • Principal Investigator: Prof Liz Varga, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
  • Co-Investigator:  Prof Derek William Bunn, Management Science and Operations, London Business School
  • Co-I: Prof Stuart Galloway, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  • Co-I: Prof John Clarkson, Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Co-I: Dr James Irvine, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  • Co-I: Dr Yukun Hu, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


The AGILE project aims to set out an integrated digital solution which can deliver the mechanisms that allow aggregators to offer the energy market bundled services using distributed using energy resources of particular duration and value. By achieving this aim we will discover the hurdles and gaps that need to be addressed for future mobilisation of distributed energy resources integration.

Why undertake this research?

There has been a huge investment in micro generation from both customers and small scale providers, particularly in residential PV (photovoltaic energy generation, i.e. solar panels). Individual participation of these assets (offers to buy/sell/store energy) by micro/domestic scale agents in local, distributed electricity markets is currently a significant business and technological challenge in the UK's large-scale energy systems. A solution to enable energy trading between small scale generators and consumers that provides a compelling business case for storage and further penetration of embedded renewables is essential.