Energy Futures Lab is one of six Global Institutes at Imperial College London. The institute was established in 2005 to address global energy challenges by identifying and leading new opportunities to serve industry, government and society at large through high quality research, evidence and advocacy for positive change.
The institute aims to promote energy innovation and advance systemic solutions for a sustainable energy future by bringing together the science, engineering and policy expertise at Imperial and fostering collaboration with a wide variety of external partners.
Energy Futures Lab is led by two co-directors and its work is informed and supported by our Research Theme Champions and Leads alongside an Advisory Board, Strategy Board, Technical Working Group and the institute’s staff.
Our Research Themes
Policy and Innovation
Developing new energy service propositions and regulatory and policy frameworks
To position Imperial College at the forefront of transforming the world’s energy provision and to ensure that Imperial College remains a vibrant and stimulating place to do energy research.
To address the major energy challenges by fostering research, innovation and education, in collaboration with industrial and other partners, that integrates the science, engineering and policy expertise at Imperial to produce systemic solutions.
- Position Imperial to influence the international debate on transitions in energy provision and end-use.
- Ensure Imperial College London maintains a healthy and connected set of energy-related research activities. This will be achieved through organising a variety of events and workshops for researchers at all career stages and by acting as the shop window for the college’s research.
- Initiate research programmes and support ongoing activities in grand challenge topics. This includes supporting idea generation, sourcing funding, working with partner organisations and disseminating findings.
- Inspire and enable future leaders in the energy sector. The institute will achieve this through the provision of an outstanding masters’ degree and supporting early career researchers across the College.
- Aid College staff and students to create impact from their research. This will include facilitating engagement with corporate, SME and start-up companies and with government agencies during research projects; communication key outcomes to industry, government and public; and assisting with exploitation through industrial channels.