Adam Hawkes

Associate Director

Energy systems modelling specialist with 20 years of experience in academia, public and private sector consultancy

Adam’s research focuses on methodologies for quantitative assessment of energy systems. Building from engineering fundamentals, he analyses the technical, economic, security and environmental aspects of energy system transitions and then applies these to provide evidence to both engineering and energy policy debates. He is an expert in analytical assessment of individual technologies and systems of technology and infrastructure.

Adam explores the key characteristics of technologies that can be pivotal in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions at low cost as well as investment strategy scenarios. In addition to his role at Vivid, he is also Co-Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute and a Senior Lecturer in Energy Systems at Imperial College, where he leads the development of MUSE (ModUlar energy system Simulation Environment) at Imperial College. MUSE is a new type of energy system model that takes account of real world investor decision making and technological innovation processes. The MUSE framework can be used to access strategic scenarios of energy system investment in terms of timing, location and purpose. For example, examining in the impact of changes in global gas markets on trade and price. More information on MUSE here.

His areas of research specialism are:

  • Quantitative assessment of sustainable energy transitions via energy systems modelling (optimisation, simulation, forecasting)
  • Thermo-economic analysis of heat sector decarbonisation; modelling, technologies, infrastructures, interfaces, pathways
  • Investment in microgrids and smart grids under uncertainty (stochastic programming and game theory)
  • Decentralised energy resources, demand side management and smart energy networks
  • Microgeneration

His background includes energy and climate change consultancy, energy trading, government policy impact assessment and IT development. Adam is an author of over 100 scientific contributions including a number of high impact briefing papers, reports and presentations.

Adam holds a PhD in Energy Systems Modelling from Imperial College and a BSc in Engineering with a major in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia.

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