Multiscale Energy Systems

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The interconnected nature of complex systems presents significant challenges when attempting to predict the environmental, social or economic impacts of energy system technologies. In our research on integrated multi-scale analysis of energy systems, we aim to make sense of this complexity.

Utilising a range of analytic techniques that utilise both empirical and simulated datasets, we strive to improve our understanding of the consequences of a range of technical, policy or socio-economic measures. Starting from a high-resolution standpoint, our approach enables us to evaluate outcomes from single buildings to national levels.

Our partners include RCUK, the EC, developers and financing agencies, national and local government, community groups as well as companies ranging from SMEs to international corporates.

To find out more about the Group's research below, contact Paul Rowley or browse the topics or selected publications below.

Selected articles

Leicester PA, Goodier CI, Rowley PN. Probabilistic Evaluation of Solar Photovoltaic Systems Using Bayesian Networks: A Discounted Cash Flow Assessment Progress in Photovoltaics: Research & Applications Article number 4859152-1551921 04 Jan 2016

Rowley P, Leicester P, Palmer D, Westacott P, Candelise C, Betts T, Gottschalg R. Multi-domain analysis of photovoltaic impacts via integrated spatial and probabilistic modelling IET RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION 9(5):424-431 01 Jul 2015

Wilson,D, Rowley, PN ,Watson, SJ, Utilising a Risk-Based Systems Approach in the Due Diligence Process for Renewable Energy GenerationIEEE Systems Journal, 5(2), June 2011, . 223-232

Wood,SR, Rowley, PN, A techno-economic analysis of small-scale, biomass-fuelled combined heat and power for community housingBiomass and Bioenergy, 35(9), 2011, 3849-3858, 10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.04.040

Cabrol, L, Rowley, PN, Towards low carbon homes: A simulation analysis of building-integrated air-source heat pump systemsEnergy and Buildings, 48(May 2012), May 2012, 127-136, 10.1016/j.enbuild.2012.01.019

Cloutier, M, Rowley, PN, The Feasibility of Renewable Energy Sources for Pumping Clean Water in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study for Central NigeriaRenewable Energy, 36(8), 2011, 2220-2226, 10.1016/j.renene.2010.12.019

Moreton, OR, Rowley, PN, The feasibility of biomass CHP as an energy and CO2 source for commercial glasshousesApplied Energy, 96, 2012, 339-346, 10.1016/j.apenergy.2012.02.023

Steijger, LA, Buswell, RA, Smedley, VA, Firth, SK, Rowley, P, Establishing the zero-carbon performance of compact urban dwellingsJournal of Building Performance Simulation, 6(4), 2013, 319-334

Du Pan, O, Eames, P, Rowley, P, Bouchlaghem, D, Susman, G. Current and future operation scenarios for a 50,000 MWh district heating systemArchitectural Engineering and Design Management, Published online: 30 Mar 2014, DOI:10.1080/17452007.2014.899889

Braun,D ,Rowley,P, Modelling the Contribution of Domestic Heat Pumps to Delivering UK Energy Policy ObjectivesApplied Sciences, 3(2), 2013, 338-354, 10.3390/app3020338