Prof Keith Bell

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Keith Bell is the ScottishPower Professor of Smart Grids at the University of Strathclyde and, since May 2014, one of the co-Directors of the UK Energy Research Centre. He joined the University in 2005 having previously worked as a researcher in Bath, Manchester and Naples and as a system development engineer in the electricity supply industry in Britain. He is an invited expert member of CIGRE Study Committee C1 on System Development and Economics, a member of the Executive Board of the Power Systems Computation Conference and a member of the Executive Committee of the IET Power Academy, an initiative to promote electric power engineering as a graduate career in the UK. He is a Chartered Engineer and, at different times, has advised the Scottish Government, the Republic of Ireland government, the Northern Ireland Executive, Ofgem and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change on power systems issues as well as being active in a number of engineering research projects in collaboration with UK and European industry and academic partners.


Probabilistic real-time thermal rating forecasting for overhead lines by conditionally heteroscedastic auto-regressive models
Fan Fulin, Bell Keith, Infield David
IEEE Transaction on Power Delivery Vol 32, pp. 1881-1890, (2017)
Application of enhanced thermal ratings to primary substation transformers
Elders Ian, Bell Keith, Smith Kevin, Collinson Alan
Proceedings of 24th International Conference and Exhibition on Electricity Distribution, (2017)
Meeting Scotland’s peak demand for electricity
Gill Simon, Bell Keith
Domestic thermal storage requirements for heat demand flexibility
Allison John, Bell Keith, Clarke Joe, Cowie Andrew, Elsayed Ahmed, Flett Graeme, Gbemi Oluleye, Hawkes Adam, Hawker Graeme, Kelly Nick, Manuela Marinho de Castro Maria, Sharpe Tim , Shea Andy, Strachan Paul
The 4th Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference, pp. 1-10, (2017)
Audit of the BID3 Pan European Market Model for National Grid
Bell Keith, Staffell Iain
Managing regional security of supply : a case study from Scotland
Gill Simon, Hawker Graeme, Bell Keith
Electra Vol 7, pp. 81-90, (2017)

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  • Module registrar for EE576/976 (Power System Economics, Markets and Asset Management)
  • Module registar for EE807 (Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Grid Operation) delivered within the Centre for Doctoral Training on Future Networks
  • Contributor to EE986 (Assignment and Professional Studies)
  • Contributor to EE962 (Power Systems and Wind Integration 1) delivered within the Centre for Doctoral Training on Wind Energy Systems
  • Supervisor of 4th year undergraduate projects, MSc projects, and projects in the Centre for Doctoral Training on Wind Energy Systems
  • Strathclyde representative on the IET Power Academy Council and supporter of Strathclyde's Power Academy scholars


Research interests

  • Power system planning and operation
  • Power system economics, markets and regulation
  • Grid integration of renewables
  • Power systems applications of statistical methods and intelligent systems
  • Smart grids

Professional activities

Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee (External organisation)
Establishing a flexible energy system to meet future needs: power system resilience
Making Energy in Scotland Affordable: Smart Grids - Smart Energy - Smart Consumers
Keynote/plenary speaker
WWF Scotland (External organisation)
External exmainer for PhD thesis of Jerom de Haan on "Cross-Border Balancing in Europe"
External Examiner
Energy systems challenges in a world in transition

more professional activities


EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Leavy, Aaron
Finney, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator) Leavy, Aaron (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Oct-2019
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | moretti, David
Galloway, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator) moretti, David (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Oct-2019
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Dixon, James
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) Booth, Campbell (Co-investigator) Dixon, James (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Jan-2020
CXC fellowship: Effectiveness of Policies and Interventions
Galloway, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2016 - 31-Aug-2017
ClimateXChange Post Doctoral Fellowship
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2017
Security of Supply and Required Import Capabilities
Gill, Simon (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator)
Period 21-Mar-2016 - 20-Apr-2016

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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