Keith Bell, BEng (Hons), PhD, FHEA, MIET, CEng


  • United Kingdom

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Research Interests

  • Power system planning and operation and 'smart grids'
  • Power system economics, markets and regulation
  • Energy policy and energy system modelling
  • Managing risk in power systems and use of statistical methods and intelligent systems
  • Grid integration of renewables

Personal Statement

Keith Bell is the ScottishPower Professor of Smart Grids at the University of Strathclyde and, since May 2014, one of the co-Directors of the UK Energy Research Centre. In July 2018, along with Ian Cotton, he became Scientific Director of the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub established by the University of Strathclyde with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the University of Manchester. He joined the University in 2005 having previously worked as a researcher in Bath, Manchester and Naples and as a system development engineer in the electricity supply industry in Britain. He is an invited expert member of CIGRE Study Committee C1 on System Development and Economics, a member of the Executive Board of the Power Systems Computation Conference and a member of the Executive Committee of the IET Power Academy, an initiative to promote electric power engineering as a graduate career in the UK. He is a Chartered Engineer and, at different times, has advised the Scottish Government, the Republic of Ireland government, Ofgem and the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on power systems issues as well as being active in a number of engineering research projects in collaboration with UK and European industry and academic partners.

Teaching Interests

  • Contributor to EE576/976 (Power System Economics, Markets and Asset Management)
  • Module registar for EE807 (Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Grid Operation) delivered within the Centre for Doctoral Training on Future Networks
  • Contributor to EE986 (Assignment and Professional Studies)
  • Supervisor of 4th year undergraduate projects, MSc projects, and projects in the Centres for Doctoral Training on Wind Energy Systems and Future Networks
  • Strathclyde representative on the IET Power Academy Executive


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Bath

External positions

co-Director, UK Energy Research Centre

May 2014Apr 2019

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Projects 2004 2020

Research Output 2002 2018

2 Citations

Assessing domestic heat storage requirements for energy flexibility over varying timescales

Allison, J., Bell, K., Clarke, J., Cowie, A., Elsayed, A., Flett, G., Oluleye, G., Hawkes, A., Hawker, G., Kelly, N., Manuela Marinho de Castro, M., Sharpe, T., Shea, A., Strachan, P. & Tuohy, P. 25 May 2018 In : Applied Thermal Engineering. 136, p. 602-616 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Heat storage
Time Scales

Containing loss risk in a low inertia GB power system

Nedd, M., Bell, K. & Booth, C. 9 May 2018 (Accepted/In press) 18th Annual Conference of the International Conference on Environmental and Electrical Engineering. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Security systems
Frequency response
Mathematical operators


An assessment of power system principles of access for wind power using optimal power flow

Author: Kane, L., 1 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Bell, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

FACTS and HVDC systems for enhancing tie-line power transfer capability

Author: Elansari, A. S. M., 1 Jan 2016

Supervisor: Bell, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


CIGRE Technical Committee Award

Keith Bell (Recipient), Dec 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

The CIGRE Technical Committee Award

Keith Bell (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2005 2018

Electricity System Change: flexibility and costs

Bell, K. (Organiser), Papadopoulos, P. (Organiser), Kockar, I. (Invited speaker), Andrew Roscoe (Invited speaker), Simon Gill (Invited speaker)
10 Jan 2018

Activity: Organiser of major conference

Manchester Risk Day

Bell, K. (Speaker)
6 Mar 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course