The wide range of energy research being done at Imperial College London is not confined to one discipline or department. There is work being done in almost every part of the college and through many collaborations between different faculties. Energy Futures Lab is dedicated to supporting these researchers and helping them work together and make the best of the myriad of opportunities open to them. Alongside our research networks that are designed to help build collaborations we have our five broad research 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].