Imperial College London

Dr Salvador Acha

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Fellow



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Salvador Acha received a BSc degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Monterrey Tech (ITESM), Monterrey, Mexico, in 2003. After working in the private sector he joined the Urban Energy Systems Project at Imperial College London in 2006 where he obtained a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering. The title of his thesis: “Impacts of Embedded Technologies on Optimal Operation of Energy Service Networks” focused on optimally integrating distributed sources of energy into existing energy infrastructures.

From this research a couple of publications have been produced and presented at international conferences and these modelling concepts were summarised in the book: "Modelling Distributed Energy Resources in Energy Service Networks" - published by the IET - click here to buy.

Currently, he is a Research Fellow and Project Manager of the Imperial College – Sainsbury’s Partnership; the partnership has two goals: promoting energy efficiency by implementing smart controls in buildings and to sustainably reduce Sainsbury’s carbon footprint through the introduction of low carbon initiatives. To achieve these goals Imperial is actively contributing with Sainsbury's in defining the next generation of sustainable stores and in devising a comprehensive strategy to decarbonise their estate & operations.

In parallel, Salvador is a researcher collaborating on the EPSRC "Future FM" funded project which addresses improving and sustaining energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings. Work in this project is multi-disciplinary and benefits from the input of relevant industrial partners. Furthermore, Dr Acha has experience working as an energy consultant for energy & sustainability technology companies cementing his expertise on current industry needs and is certified as a Chartered Engineer (Ceng).

Research interests include intelligent operation of buildings, smart-grid frameworks, roll out of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, decarbonisation strategies, optimal management of distributed sources of energy, electricity markets, and low carbon supply-chains.


  • Chartered Engineer (Ceng) registered with the Engineering Council.
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE).
  • Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • Member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
  • Member of the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR).
  • Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).



Acha S, Mariaud A, Shah N, et al., 2018, Optimal design and operation of distributed low-carbon energy technologies in commercial buildings, Energy, Vol:142, ISSN:0360-5442, Pages:578-591

Mariaud A, Acha S, Ekins-Daukes N, et al., 2017, Integrated optimisation of photovoltaic and battery storage systems for UK commercial buildings, Applied Energy, Vol:199, ISSN:0306-2619, Pages:466-478

Delangle A, Lambert RSC, Shah N, et al., 2017, Modelling and optimising the marginal expansion of an existing district heating network, Energy, Vol:140, ISSN:0360-5442, Pages:209-223


Acha Izquierdo S, Shah N, Bos J, Cost effective low carbon store analysis and replication, CIBSE Technical Symposium 2015

Acha S, van Dam KH, Keirstead J, et al., Integrated modelling of agent-based electric vehicles into optimal power flow studies, Frankfurt, Germany

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