Imperial College London

DrNiallMac Dowell

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Reader in Energy Systems



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Dr Niall Mac Dowell leads the Clean Fossil and Bioenergy Research Group at Imperial College. He is a Reader in Energy Systems at Imperial College London, a member of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering and the Centre for Environmental Policy. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Niall is a member of the Technical Working Group of the Zero Emissions Platform and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the IChemE's Energy Centre

Niall’s research interests are highly interdisciplinary and are focused on integrated multi-scale modelling of low carbon energy systems, with a particular focus on their dynamic interactions across varying length and time scales.

In addition to his research work, Niall conducts consultancy work for companies involved in power generation and has given advice to DECC/BEIS the IEA, the JRC and the ETI. He has traveled on behalf of the Foreign Office to North America, the Middle East, China and Korea to promote low carbon power generation.

Niall is also enthusiastic about public engagement, and is a regular contributor to the Sense About Science Energy Panel



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

Bahzad H, Katayama K, Boot-Handford ME, et al., 2019, Iron-based chemical-looping technology for decarbonising iron and steel production, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Vol:91, ISSN:1750-5836

Hepburn C, Adlen E, Beddington J, et al., 2019, The technological and economic prospects for CO2 utilization and removal, Nature, Vol:575, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:87-97

Yao JG, Bui M, Dowell NM, 2019, Grid-scale energy storage with net-zero emissions: comparing the options, Sustainable Energy and Fuels, Vol:3, ISSN:2398-4902, Pages:3147-3162

Cumicheo C, Mac Dowell N, Shah N, 2019, Natural gas and BECCS: A comparative analysis of alternative configurations for negative emissions power generation, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Vol:90, ISSN:1750-5836, Pages:1-11

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