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Dr Paul Balcombe
MEng, PhD, CEng, MIChemE

Dr Balcombe
Position: Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 6279
Location: E404, Engineering, Mile End
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Expertise: Specialises in developing unique technology-specific, probabilistic emissions/cost modelling of energy supply chains, particularly relating to methane emissions from natural gas, as well as hydrogen and ammonia supply chains.
Research keywords: Methane, hydrogen, ammonia, probabilistic modelling, environmental assessment, supply chain analysis
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Affiliations: Honorary Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers

Brief Biography

Paul is a lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy since January 2020, joining from Imperial College London where he spent 5 years researching and teaching technologies and policies to decarbonise energy systems, particularly relating to methane emissions from natural gas supply chains.

Paul previously studied at University of Manchester, where he achieved a first class degree in Chemical Engineering (MEng 2002-2006), attained chartered engineer status from his time in industry (2006-2010) and then completed his PhD back at University of Manchester (2010-2014). Paul then spent 5 years as a Research Associate and then Research Fellow at Imperial College London. During this time he created and led the Methane and Environment Programme at the Sustainable Gas Institute, conducting research into improving understanding of methane emissions from gas supply chains, as well as improving emissions profiles from hydrogen and ammonia supply chains.

Paul's broader research interests involve the environmental, economic and technical assessments of energy industry to answer a number of key questions: how can we decarbonise our energy use whilst maintaining living standards; what role should fossil fuels have in decarbonisation targets; and how can energy policy help us to do this most effectively?