Paul Dodds is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Systems in the UCL Energy Institute and the Institute for Sustainable Resources. He specialises in energy systems modelling and has particular expertise modelling hydrogen and bioenergy systems. His recent focus has been on the integration of flexible renewable electricity generation in the future and he leads projects on energy storage and European interconnection.
CCS is an important part of energy system models and Paul has recently focused on improving the representation of CCS for hydrogen production and industrial plants. He also leads UCL's contribution to a NERC-funded project examining negative emission technologies, in which CCS plays an important role for bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) and direct air capture (DAC).
He led the development of an energy systems model, UK TIMES, which has replaced the UK MARKAL model. UK MARKAL contributed to UK energy policy over the last 10 years and UK TIMES has already been used by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to provide underpinning evidence for their fifth carbon budget impact assessment and for the Clean Growth Strategy.
Paul has published papers on the design of energy system models, on hydrogen and on the future of the UK gas networks. He formalised a theoretical approach to analysing the evolution of energy system models using "model archaeology".