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 lecturer in Energy and Environmental Technology and Policy 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 on Industrial CCS 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, the IEA, the JRC and the ETI. He has travelled on behalf of the Foreign Office to China and Korea to promote low carbon power generation and was part of the Imperial College Delegation to the UN FCC COP18 event in Doha, Qatar and has been invited to provide written evidence to members of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change.

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

Niall is the Principal Investigator on the EPSRC project MESMERISE-CCS and Co-Investigator on the EPSRC projects Opening New Fuels for UK Generation and BECCS-IL in addition to the DECC CCS Innovation project CAPSULE, the EU FP7 project CO2QUEST.



Cabral RP, Bui M, Dowell NM, 2019, A synergistic approach for the simultaneous decarbonisation of power and industry via bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Vol:87, ISSN:1750-5836, Pages:221-237

Albanito F, Hastings A, Fitton N, et al., 2019, Mitigation potential and environmental impact of centralized versus distributed BECCS with domestic biomass production in Great Britain, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, ISSN:1757-1693

Daggash HA, Mac Dowell N, 2019, The implications of delivering the UK’s Paris Agreement commitments on the power sector, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Vol:85, ISSN:1750-5836, Pages:174-181

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