Imperial College London

Dr Clara F. Heuberger-Austin

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Visiting Researcher



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My PhD project aims at investigating the electricity system transition to a low-carbon future. We are developing a technology evaluation metric which quantifies the value of a technology within the power system explicitly taking whole-system dynamics into account. The System Value of a technology is a function of the power system conditions and constraints, and varies between first-of-a-kind and nth-of-a-kind power plants.

The heart of the System Value concept is an electricity systems optimisation (ESO) framework based on mixed-integer linear programming taking detailed technical as well as system-level economic, environmental, and security constraints into account. The ESO model can perform short-term and long-term unit commitment and capacity expansion planning for a national-scale power system of up to 2000 units of generation, energy storage, and interconnector technologies.

Prepared for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme we are conducting the FLEX-EVAL project which aims at determining the value of flexible CCS power plants and their role in the future UK electricity system.


  • Research visit at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
  • Master thesis at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
  • Master study of Energy Technology at RWTH Aachen University, abroad at MONASH University, Kuala Lumpur
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Bachelor thesis at juwi technologies GmbH

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Heuberger CF, Bains PK, Mac Dowell N, 2020, The EV-olution of the power system: a spatio-temporal optimisation model to investigate the impact of electric vehicle deployment, Applied Energy, Vol:257, ISSN:0306-2619, Pages:1-18

Heuberger CF, Staffell I, Shah N, et al., 2018, Impact of myopic decision-making and disruptive events in power systems planning, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol:3, ISSN:1520-8524, Pages:634-640

Heuberger C, Mac Dowell N, 2018, Real-world challenges with a rapid transition to 100 % renewable power systems, Joule, Vol:2, ISSN:2542-4351, Pages:367-370

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