Ahmed Gailani

Ahmed Gailani


I am a Research Fellow in industrial decarbonisation at the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). I am currently undertaking whole system research to explore how the UK industry can reduce its greenhouse gasses emissions to reach Net Zero by 2050. I am interested in modelling industrial energy use, decarbonisation technologies and future infrastructure availability.

I am currently the principal investigator of an EPSRC SEN hub early career research grant titled “Rethinking the Design of Great Britain’s Capacity Market (RED CAT)”. The project is in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, the University of Strathclyde and nPower. RED CAT aims to investigate how a decentralised CM can send plausible investment signals to batteries, renewables and DSR while considering carbon emissions effects on capacity delivery and capacity market clearance.  

I am also currently working as an industrial decarbonisation consultant as part of the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan (HICP) project led by Element Energy.

I act as: 

  • The chair of the early career researcher’s committee at the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)
  •  Member of the early career researcher’s committee at the Supergen Energy Networks Hub

I previously worked as an industrial renewable energy and battery consultant for the Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC) in California. I was also employed with the UN Migration Agency when I was part of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq. I received fully funded Studentships in 2014 and in 2017 to study for MSc and PhD degrees.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I studied for a PhD at Teesside University, where I analysed the techno-economic effectiveness of batteries in capacity markets by developing multi-physics battery ageing models. I have experience in battery experimental characterisation using battery cycles and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. I also taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in engineering control and renewable energy sources.

Research interests

My primary research interests include:

  • Industrial decarbonisation modelling
  • Bottom-up modelling
  • Capacity market modelling
  • Physics-based battery modelling,
  • Battery lifetime analysis
  • Energy policy
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  • PhD in Energy - Teesside University
  • MSc in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems - Univerisity of Leeds
  • BSc in Electrical Engineering - Anbar University - Iraq

Professional memberships

  • British Institute of Energy Economics - BIEE