Francisca is an Academic Visitor at the Sustainable Gas Institute. She completed her PhD in the Chemical Engineering Department at Imperial College London, developing a spatially-resolved energy systems model to study heat decarbonisation pathways in the UK. In May 2018 she joined the Sustainable Gas Institute as a Research Associate, working in multiple projects on energy systems modelling and energy transitions, until August 2020.
Her research interests focus on developing spatially-resolved energy systems models through optimisation methods, and studying trade-offs between different components of energy systems such as supply, network infrastructure, and end-use technologies. She is interested in how energy systems models can be used to inform policies and energy strategies towards decarbonisation.
She has worked in projects in the UK, Brazil, and Chile, related to decarbonisation pathways for heating, cooling, and transport demands; studying the role of hydrogen for decarbonising heat; assessing parthways for deploying hydrogen for transport infrastructure; and estimating regional bioenergy potentials, among others.
Francisca is a Mechanical Engineer, MSc. in Mechanical Engineering, and MSc. in Sustainable Energy Futures.
Jalil Vega F, Garcia Kerdan I, Hawkes A, 2020, Spatially-resolved urban energy systems model to study decarbonisation pathways for energy services in cities, Applied Energy, Vol:262, ISSN:0306-2619
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et al., 2019, Carbon sequestration potential from large-scale reforestation and sugarcane expansion on abandoned agricultural lands in Brazil, Polytechnica, Vol:2, ISSN:2520-8497, Pages:9-25
Jalil Vega FA, Hawkes A, 2018, The effect of spatial resolution on outcomes from energy systems modelling of heat decarbonisation, Energy, Vol:155, ISSN:0360-5442, Pages:339-350
Jalil Vega FA, Hawkes A, 2018, Spatially resolved optimization for studying the role of hydrogen for heat decarbonization pathways, Acs Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, Vol:6, ISSN:2168-0485, Pages:5835-5842