Imperial College London

DrNiallMac Dowell

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Reader in Energy Systems



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Dr Niall Mac Dowell leads the Clean Fossil and Bioenergy Research Group at Imperial College. He is a Reader in Energy Systems at Imperial College London, a member of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering and the Centre for Environmental Policy. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Niall is a member of the Technical Working Group of the Zero Emissions Platform and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the IChemE's Energy Centre

Niall’s research interests are highly interdisciplinary and are focused on integrated multi-scale modelling of low carbon energy systems, with a particular focus on their dynamic interactions across varying length and time scales.

In addition to his research work, Niall conducts consultancy work for companies involved in power generation and has given advice to DECC/BEIS the IEA, the JRC and the ETI. He has traveled on behalf of the Foreign Office to North America, the Middle East, China and Korea to promote low carbon power generation.

Niall is also enthusiastic about public engagement, and is a regular contributor to the Sense About Science Energy Panel



Pozo C, Galán-Martín Á, Reiner DM, et al., 2020, Equity in allocating carbon dioxide removal quotas, Nature Climate Change, Vol:10, ISSN:1758-678X, Pages:640-646

Al-Qahtani A, Gonzalez-Garay A, Bernardi A, et al., 2020, Electricity grid decarbonisation or green methanol fuel? A life-cycle modelling and analysis of today's transportation-power nexus, Applied Energy, Vol:265, ISSN:0306-2619

Rúa J, Bui M, Nord LO, et al., 2020, Does CCS reduce power generation flexibility? A dynamic study of combined cycles with post-combustion CO2 capture, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Vol:95, ISSN:1750-5836, Pages:1-10

Bui M, Flø NE, de Cazenove T, et al., 2020, Demonstrating flexible operation of the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) CO2 capture plant, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Vol:93, ISSN:1750-5836, Pages:1-26


Olympios A, Hoisenpoori P, Mersch M, et al., 2020, Optimal design of low-temperature heat-pumping technologies and implications to the whole energy system, The 33rd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems.

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