Oliver is the founder of Storage Lab and works in the climate change mitigation team at Imperial College's Grantham Institute and the Centre for Environmental Policy.
His expertise is determining the future cost of electricity storage technologies and their value in low-carbon power systems. He does that with statistical tools like learning curve analysis, expert interviews, lifetime cost or levelised cost of storage and with the help of power system or integrated assessment models. He promotes his research through publication in journals like Nature Energy, programming of online tools like and presentation at various international conferences.
Oliver studied mechanical engineering with a focus on renewable energy technologies at ETH Zurich and Imperial College London. He spent two years in management consulting with a major European utility in the midst of the energy sector transformation. Within his PhD, Oliver aims to provide more transparency about the future role of energy storage.
Oliver lives in London, although frequently travelling to Berlin, his home town. Beyond his work at Storage Lab, he enjoys playing tennis in Hyde Park or discussing issues that really matter in the pub.
Dr Iain Staffell
Iain Staffell is a multi-disciplinary scientist holding degrees in Physics, Chemical Engineering and Economics. He is a lecturer in Sustainable Energy at the Centre for Environmental Policy with ten years’ experience in energy R&D.
His research centres on decarbonising electricity systems, ranging from the economics of battery storage and nuclear power to efficient ways of integrating renewables into electricity markets, modelling their impacts plus technical and economic solutions.
Iain is co-developer of the Renewables.ninja, an open web platform that lets you simulate the hourly power output from wind and solar power plants located anywhere in the world.
Iain is Oliver's main PhD supervisor.
Dr Adam Hawkes
Adam Hawkes is the Deputy Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute. His research interests are in the methodologies of quantitative assesment of energy systems. His team analyses the technical, economic, security, and environmental aspects of energy system transitions using innovative methods, 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.
His background includes energy and climate change consultancy, energy trading, government policy impact assessment, and IT development. Adam is an author of over 75 scientific contributions, including a number of high impact briefing papers, reports and presentations.
Adam also acts as Oliver's direct PhD supervisor.
Dr Ajay Gambhir
Ajay Gambhir is a Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London. His research focuses on the economic and technical feasibility of low-carbon transition pathways at national, regional and global scales, using energy system models and analysis of low-carbon energy technology innovation and cost reduction potential.
Before joining Imperial College, Ajay worked as a UK Government economist and policy analyst. He was part of the team that designed the draft UK Climate Change Bill in 2007 (which became an Act of Parliament in 2008) and worked in the Department of Energy and Climate Change as Team Leader for EU and international climate change economics.
He holds Masters degrees in chemical engineering and economics and is currently undertaking a PhD on the future economic prospects of low-carbon energy technologies at Imperial's Centre for Environmental Policy.
Dr Sheridan Few
Sheridan Few is a Research Associate in Mitigation Technologies at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. Sheridan is interested in how we can make a rapid and sustainable transition to a low carbon energy system. His current research focuses on understanding the potential role of a range of energy storage technologies for balancing renewables on a grid, and an off-grid scale. Sheridan is using integrated assessment models of the energy system, informed by expert elicitation, to address these questions.
Sheridan completed his PhD on the computational modelling of organic photovoltaic materials in the Physics department of Imperial College in 2015, under the supervision of Professor Jenny Nelson. Prior to this, Sheridan worked with Solar Press (now part of SPECIFIC), scaling up production of organic photovoltaic devices, and completed a BA in Physics at the University of Oxford.
Antonis completed the MSc Environmental Technologies programme at Imperial College London in 2017. In his MSc thesis he identified differences in environmental impact between the most promising energy storage technologies by performing lifecycle assessment studies. (Download)
Chung Ho Chan
Chung Ho completed the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures programme at Imperial College London in 2018. In his MSc thesis he designed a bottom-up engineering model for vanadium redox-flow batteries and investigated the impact of projected technical and value chain innovations on cost and performance.
Dan completed the MSc Environmental Technologies programme Imperial College London in 2017. In his MSc thesis he analysed the attractiveness of providing multiple energy storage services simultaneously in the UK (benefit-stacking) and identified respective policy barriers. (Download)
Thomas Le Varlet
Thomas completed the MSc Environmental Technologies programme at Imperial College London in 2017. In his MSc thesis he identified differences in environmental impact between the most promising lithium-ion battery chemistries by performing lifecycle assessment studies. (Download)
Alec completed the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures programme at Imperial College London in 2017. In his MSc thesis he investigated the economic attractiveness of spatial renewable electricity arbitrage through large-scale transportation of batteries. (Download)
Sylvain completed the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures programme at Imperial College London in 2017. In his MSc thesis he assessed the future profitability of storage technoloiges by projecting their future levelised cost of storage in multiple applications and under various scenarios of cost and performance improvement. (Download)
Nathan completed the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures programme at Imperial College London in 2017. In his MSc thesis he investigated the impact of possible raw material price developments on the investment cost of different lithium-ion battery types used in electric vehicles.