Imperial College London

Professor Adam Hawkes

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Energy Systems



+44 (0)20 7594 9300a.hawkes




C502Roderic Hill BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Adam's areas of research interest fall into five categories:

  • Economy-wide energy systems modelling
  • Technologies and pathways for low carbon heat
  • Design and operation of microgrids and more integrated/coordinated energy systems
  • Fuel cells, polygeneration, and other cutting-edge energy conversion technologies
  • Residential energy supply and demand, with a focus on microgeneration

In the field of energy systems modelling, Adam's research addresses seeks to bridge the gap between siloed energy technology assessment and the role of those technologies in integrated energy systems.  Multi-scale modelling is applied to reflect the critical design and operational parameters of energy technologies and infrastructures into the energy system as a whole, providing engineers and policy makers with insight into the value of particular technology characteristics, and aiding prioiritsation of technology R&D.   

Guest Lectures

Panel on "Energy efficiency as public policy". In Congress Technological Innovation in Electric Energy (VII Citenel) and the III Seminar on Energy Efficiency in the Electric Sector (III Seenel), ANEEL (Brazilian Regulatory Electricity Agency), Centro de Convenções SulAmérica (Convention Centre of South America), 2013

Economics and Technology Choices for the 4th Carbon Budget, Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum, 2011

Buildings: The Debate Heats Up, Imperial College London, 2011

Policy and Technology Challenges in a Highly Distributed Energy Future, I-SEE Seminar Series, University of Bath, 2010