Energy Futures Lab

Energy Futures Lab is a cross-discipline institute based at Imperial College London. Energy Futures Lab was founded in 2005 to develop multidisciplinary, cross-faculty collaborations to tackle the broad range of energy challenges that the world faces. The institute is a small team of dedicated professional that assists in building connections, coordinating projects and highlighting successes.

Energy Futures Lab does not host any researchers, have a PhD programme or undertake any research itself. If you are interested in studying or doing research at Imperial College London you can see if there are any teams or groups relevant to your interest on our Research Networks page and contact them directly.

The institute defines the work it does through five research themes. All of our activities are designed to stimulate interaction across the discipline boundaries and to enhance Imperial’s impact on the five themes of Clean Fossil Fuels, Energy Infrastructure, Low Carbon Transport, Policy and Innovation and Sustainable Power

The five research themes

Clean fossil fuels

Work to develop clean fossil fuels is vital for the UK to ensure that its energy supply is affordable and secure as the country tries to minimize climate change. Scientists and engineers at Imperial are developing a diverse range of approaches and technologies that will be needed to minimise emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the use of fossil fuels over the coming few decades.

We have collected together case studies of the work being done at Imperial College London to develop clean fossil fuels.

Download our Clean Fossil Fuels Research Overview [PDF].

Energy infrastructure

As the global population expands and demand for energy and power increase our energy systems will come under greater stresses. Scientists and engineers at Imperial are developing a diverse range of approaches and technologies that will be needed to strengthen our energy infrastructure and rethink how organisations and people use energy.

We have collected together case studies of the work being done at Imperial College London on energy infrastructure.

Download our Energy Infrastructure Research Overview [PDF].

Low carbon transport

Transport is vital for economic growth and quality of life but carbon emissions from transport are not falling as much as other sources such as power generation and manufacturing. Scientists and engineers at Imperial are working on a diverse range of approaches and technologies needed to decarbonise the UK transport system.

We have collected together case studies of the work being done at Imperial College London on low carbon transport.

Download our Low Carbon Transport Research Overview [PDF].

Policy and innovation

The UK as a whole needs to reduce carbon emissions and this will require consistent and clear energy policy and public support for innovation in this area. Scientists, engineers and economists at Imperial are helping shape energy policy and promote innovation by identifying issues relevant to future policymaking and analysing the evidence base for various policies.

We have collected together case studies of the work being done at Imperial College London on policy and innovation.

Download our Policy and Innovation Research Overview [PDF].

Sustainable power

The UK Government has pledged to obtain 15% of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2020 as part of its efforts to cut greenhouse emissions by 80% between 1990 and 2050, while ensuring that the energy supply is secure and affordable. Scientists and engineers at Imperial are working in collaboration with academia, industry and the government on a range of projects to realise this goal.

We have collected together case studies of the work being done at Imperial College London on sustainable power.

Download our Sustainable Power Research Overview [PDF].


Our activities

Imperial College London is a world leader in addressing global energy challenges. Energy Futures Lab works within the university to build on this reputation by: