Nicolas Kelly, BEng (Hons), MSc, PhD, PGCE


  • 75 Montrose St, James Weir Building


    United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Able to supervise PhD projects in the areas of net zero energy and the built/urban environment.

Recent PhD projects supervised have included:
- Phase change materials integrated into the building fabric and systems
- Detailed thermal modelling of building occupants and intergration into building simulation and CFD
- Developing a probabalistic model for building occupancy and occupancy related energy demands
- Control of heterogeneous energy systems in buildings
- Modelling and assessment of trigeneration systems in buildings

Personal profile

Expertise & Capabilities

I have over 30 years research experience in energy and the built environment. Research topics include: 

  • Buildings and the urban environment
  • Net Zero buildings and communities
  • Energy efficiency in buildings
  • Building-integrated renewable energy systems 
  • Photovoltaics
  • Hydrogen and fuel cells
  • Novel building integrated wind power devices
  • Solar thermal technologies
  • Thermal energy storage including phase change materials (PCM)
  • Simulation-based control of buildings
  • Modelling and monitoring of building energy performance
  • Modelling and testing of low and zero carbon energy technologies
  • Probabalistic modelling of climate, building occupancy and energy use
  • Simulation software development.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Towards a design environment for building integrared energy systems: the integration of electrical power flow modelling with building simulation, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

Master of Science, Energy Systems and Environment, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992


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