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Operation and planning of integrated energy systems.
High performance computing for renewable resource assessment.
Climate change impacts for energy systems.

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Professor Gareth Harrison is Head of the School of Engineering and Bert Whittington Chair of Electrical Power Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. His research is focused on renewable energy integration within energy systems and he has built a reputation for the application of meteorological modelling as well as use of optimisation methods for energy network operation and planning. He is currently a Co-investigator on several EPSRC and Ofgem/InnovateUK projects covering energy storage and power networks. He was Associate Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (2016-2022), was Principal Investigator of the EPSRC Adaptation and Resilience in Energy Systems project (2012-2015), examining climate impacts on energy system resilience, and has been Co-Investigator on many UK and EU consortia.

Professor Harrison is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is an Affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He was a founding member and now Emeritus member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.

Research Interests

  • Renewable energy resources
  • Grid integration of renewable energy
  • Life cycle carbon emissions of energy sources
  • Operation and planning of electricity transmission and distribution networks
  • Operation and planning of gas networks
  • Energy systems integration
  • Optimisation of energy systems 
  • Climate impacts and adaptation in energy systems


MSc Projects: Sustainable Energy Systems and Electrical Power Engineering 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), An Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Hydro-Electric Power, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997


  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • Electrical power
  • Renewable energy
  • Life cycle assessment
  • energy systems integration


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