Gareth Harrison


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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 Bert Whittington Chair of Electrical Power Engineering and Deputy Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Doctorate from the same institution and was until recently Deputy Head of the Institute for Energy Systems. He is currently Associate Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration.

He leads research activity across a wide area including energy system integration, grid integration of renewable energy, renewable resource assessment, climate change impacts on electricity systems; and carbon footprints of energy systems. Professor Harrison is a Chartered Engineer, a member 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


Hydropower Interdisciplinary Group Design Project

Sustainable Energy Group Design Project (MSc) 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Bachelor of 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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