Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Postgraduate



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Diego works as PhD researcher in the Energy Systems Modelling Group at Imperial College’s Sustainable Gas Institute, SGI, Centre for Process Systems Engineering and the Grantham Institute. He is sponsored by the SENESCYT Universities of Excellence Scholarship Scheme and is a scholar of the Faculty of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Ambato, UTA-Ecuador. At UTA, Diego teaches Non-Conventional Energy Resources and Thermal Machines. He has recently completed the two-year Master of Engineering with Advanced Studies, Specialisation in Energy Systems, Griffith University, Australia and his previous studies are a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, National Polytechnic School, Ecuador.

At Imperial, his area of research is energy system modelling of the building sector. Energy systems models are developed to build logical scenarios and simulate the complexity of the extraction of energy resources, conversion and transportation, energy services, market and regulation in scales ranging from cities to the entire globe. Particularly, the building sector is a classic case of all of the challenges of modelling technology deployment. Decarbonising space heating and cooling, water heating, lighting and appliances require the adoption of clean and low carbon technologies to meet demands for energy services in the residential sector. Modelling the buildings sector in the global energy system can help stakeholders such as academia, government, industry and users with understanding and planning the use of cost-effective low carbon and renewable energy technologies. Diego is part of a team of energy systems modellers associated with the SGI working in the development the Modular Universal energy system Simulation Environment, MUSE, to enable transparent and flexible analysis of energy system transitions.

Diego also has a very keen interest in further researching areas related to energy conversion from solar and geothermal energy, waste to energy technologies and natural gas. He is also interested in techno-economic analysis of new low carbon and renewable energy systems, technology implementation/validation, and energy policy.



Date Degree/Award/Position


PhD researcher at ICL


Scholar at UTA-FICM (in leave for PhD studies)


Awarding a fully Scholarship for PhD studies from the Ecuadorian Government – SENESCYT.


Honorary Visiting Research Scholar at Griffith School of Engineering


Senior Leader at Student Success Division at Griffith University

2014 - 2015

Master of Engineering with Advanced Studies, Griffith University, Australia

Awarding the 2015 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence, top 5% of students, GPA: 6.13/7, Distinction 

Specialisation: Energy Systems


Leader at Student Success Division at Griffith University


Awarding a fully Scholarship for Master studies from the Ecuadorian Government – SENESCYT.


Engineer Researcher at  National Polytechnic School (EPN), Quito, Ecuador


Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, EPN, Accumulative GPA: 27.2 (with 30 the highest)


Advanced Certificate in Energy Efficiency

Ministry of Energy, Ecuador


Assistant of laboratory, EPN, Experimental Physics laboratory of The Faculty of Science.


Assistant of laboratory with scholarship, EPN, Renewable Energy and Efficiency Energy laboratory, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering



Sachs J, Moya D, Giarola S, et al., 2019, Clustered spatially and temporally resolved global heat and cooling energy demand in the residential sector, Applied Energy, Vol:250, ISSN:0306-2619, Pages:48-62

Moya D, Aldas C, Kaparaju P, 2018, Geothermal energy: Power plant technology and direct heat applications, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol:94, ISSN:1364-0321, Pages:889-901

Moya D, Paredes J, Kaparaju P, 2018, Technical, financial, economic and environmental pre-feasibility study of geothermal power plants by RETScreen-Ecuador's case study, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol:92, ISSN:1364-0321, Pages:628-637

Moya D, Paredes J, Kaparaju P, 2018, Method for the technical, financial, economic and environmental pre-feasibility study of geothermal power plants by RETScreen - Ecuador's case study, Methodsx, Vol:5, ISSN:2215-0161, Pages:524-531


Hidalgo A, Villacres L, Hechavarria R, et al., 2017, Proposed integration of a photovoltaic solar energy system and energy efficient technologies in the lighting system of the UTA-Ecuador, 9th International Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Buildings (SEB), ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, Pages:296-305, ISSN:1876-6102

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