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





Supervisor, MSc in Environmental Technology. (Postgraduate)

Supervisor, MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures. (Postgraduate)

Techno-Economic Project - CENG96007


The course is designed to allow the students to research and utilise incomplete information, together with basic chemical engineering skills and economic analysis, to estimate both the existing environmental impact (in terms of GHG emissions) of a process/sector, and estimate the possible reduction in such emissions over time.  They also apply environmental engineering skills to consider the further environmental impacts of any change in process/sector that they are recommending.  Risk analysis based on current and potential future legislation and commodity prices is also undertaken.

The main aims of the course are to teach students to conduct research about sectors, processes, and legislation, to estimate engineering and economic parameters in a real-world setting, and to make projections into the future based on such information.  

The Capistan challenge is also undertaken alongside TEP, in collaboration with Shell.  It demonstrates a complex negotiation process in the context of an engineering development, where trade-offs between environmental, economic and political issues need to be agreed. 



Course Leader

Energy Economics & Policy - SEF03


· To introduce students with engineering and physical science backgrounds to a selection of the key issues in energy economics and policy, emphasising how these topics must be considered closely with technology development initiatives.

· To develop a general foundation in energy economics and policy that allows students to engage effectively with the literature, so they can explore areas that it is not possible to develop within the limited time frame of the course.

· To develop skills in synthesis and critical analysis as applied to the energy literature, to a level appropriate for a beginning researcher in this area.

· To develop elementary skills in writing technical reports, that can be built on in later components of the MSc.