Imperial College London

Dr Salvador Acha

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Fellow



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Dr Salvador Acha is an academic focused on facilitating the transition towards a low carbon energy systems by developing decision-making frameworks that support stakeholders in understading the implications new technologies provide.

Salvador obtained a BEng in Electronics and Communications from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Tec). He then joined the Urban Energy Systems Project at Imperial College London which allowed him to undertake a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering with support from CONACYT. His thesis titled: “Impacts of Embedded Technologies on Optimal Operation of Energy Service Networks” focused on optimally integrating distributed sources of energy into existing energy infrastructures; these modelling concepts were summarised in the book: "Modelling Distributed Energy Resources in Energy Service Networks" - published by the IET - click here to buy. Primary research interests include energy management services, energy markets, decarbonisation strategies, integrated energy systems, optimal design & management of technologies, intelligent buildings and best FM practices, and low carbon transport systems.

Currently, he is a Research Fellow and Project Manager of the Imperial College – Sainsbury’s Partnership; the partnership has three goals: in-depth analytics of asset performance, promoting energy efficiency and to sustainably reduce Sainsbury’s carbon footprint through the introduction of low carbon initiatives. To achieve these goals Imperial is actively contributing with Sainsbury's in devising a comprehensive strategy to decarbonise their estate & operations.

In parallel, Salvador has been a collaborator on multiple EPSRC, Innovative UK, and Climate-KIC EU projects focusing on improving and sustaining energy performance of the built environment and energy systems.

His activities have also covered teaching in various MSc courses at Imperial College dealing with innovation, sustainable technologies, and climate change. Over the years Salvador has supervised over 40 MSc post-graduate students, co-supervised PhD candidates, and over a dozen under-graduate students.

Furthermore, Dr Acha has experience working as an energy consultant for energy & sustainability technology companies cementing his expertise on current industry needs. He is Chartered Engineer (Ceng) and member of many renowned engineering societies.

ORCID ID Profile


  • Chartered Engineer (Ceng) registered with the Engineering Council.
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE).
  • Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • Member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
  • Member of the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR).
  • Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
  • Representative of the ASHRAE London & SE Chapter.

Selected Publications


Georgiou S, Acha Izquierdo S, Shah N, et al., 2017, Assessing, benchmarking and analyzing heating and cooling requirements for glasshouse food production: a design and operation modelling framework, 1st International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource Use in Food Chains, ICSEF 2017, Elsevier, Pages:164-172, ISSN:1876-6102

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