Dr Nicolas Kelly


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Has expertise in:

    I have over 30 years research experience in energy and the built environment. Research topics include: 

    • Buildings and the urban environment
    • Net Zero buildings and communities
    • Energy efficiency in buildings
    • Building-integrated renewable energy systems 
    • Photovoltaics
    • Hydrogen and fuel cells
    • Novel building integrated wind power devices
    • Solar thermal technologies
    • Thermal energy storage including phase change materials (PCM)
    • Simulation-based control of buildings
    • Modelling and monitoring of building energy performance
    • Modelling and testing of low and zero carbon energy technologies
    • Probabalistic modelling of climate, building occupancy and energy use
    • Simulation software development.

Prizes and awards

ICE Baker Medal
Best Paper Award - World Renewable Energy Congress X
RCUK Academic Fellowship

More prizes and awards


Assessing the ability of electrified domestic heating in the UK to provide unplanned, short-term responsive demand
Kelly Nick, Cowie Andrew, Flett Graeme
Energy and Buildings Vol 252 (2021)
Modelling of individual domestic occupancy and energy demand behaviours using existing datasets and probabilistic modelling methods
Flett Graeme, Kelly Nick
Energy and Buildings Vol 252 (2021)
Assessing the ability of roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) canopies to support electric vehicle (EV) charging in cities
Kelly N J, Allison J, Flett G, Hand J W
uSIM2020 Building to Buildings – Urban and Community Energy Modelling (2020)
Modelling responsive demand from electrified domestic heating and storage under different operating strategies
Allison J, Cowie A, Flett G, Hand J W, Hawker G, Kelly N J
uSIM - Urban Energy Simulation (2018)
A two-step optimization model for quantifying the flexibility potential of power-to-heat systems in dwellings
Oluleye Gbemi, Allison John, Hawker Graeme, Kelly Nick, Hawkes Adam D
Applied Energy Vol 228, pp. 215-228 (2018)
A multi-period mixed integer linear program for assessing the benefits of power to heat storage in a dwelling energy system
Oluleye Gbemi, Allison John, Kelly Nick, Hawkes Adam
28th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering 28th European Society of Computer-Aided Process Engineering Computer Aided Chemical Engineering Vol 43, pp. 1451-1456 (2018)

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Professional activities

Bridging the Gaps (BTG): Net Zero and Circular Economy Workshop
BTG Workshop - Net-Zero
COP26 Reflections
Invited talk: Strathclyde Global Engineering Webinar Series
Paper presented at uSIM conference
Seminar series: Strathclyde Sustainable Development Showcase

More professional activities


Renewable Energy Microgrid Integration for Remote, Off-grid Cabins in Nunavut (UK -Canada)
Johnstone, Cameron (Principal Investigator) Kelly, Nicolas (Co-investigator) Ordonez Sanchez, Stephanie Eugenia (Co-investigator)
06-Jan-2022 - 05-Jan-2025
Digital Dairy Value-Chain for South-West Scotland and Cumbria (Strength in Places Fund)
Michie, Craig (Principal Investigator) Wagner, Beverly (Academic) Wilson, Juliette (Academic) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Bellekens, Xavier (Co-investigator) Galloway, Stuart (Co-investigator) Kelly, Nicolas (Co-investigator) Lengden, Michael (Co-investigator) Revie, Matthew (Co-investigator) Stewart, Robert (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2027
KTP - Anderson, Bell, Christie Ltd. The project will develop a toolkit to incorporate holistic net zero carbon measures into their design process, enabling creation of net zero carbon communities.
Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) Kelly, Nicolas (Co-investigator) McElroy, Lori (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2024
Decarbonising Shipping Utilising Renewable Hydrogen - Supergen Cross Hub Funding
Ordonez Sanchez, Stephanie Eugenia (Principal Investigator) Kelly, Nicolas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
SFC GCRF Pump Priming - Cleaner Air for Kolkata
Bellingham, Richard (Principal Investigator) Beverland, Iain (Co-investigator) Ferguson, Neil (Co-investigator) Kelly, Nicolas (Co-investigator) Macdonald, Malcolm (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Rotterdam, Umea and Glasgow: Generating Exemplar Districts in Sustainable Energy Deployment H2020: Ruggedised (Smart and Sustainable Cities)
Clarke, Joseph Andrew (Principal Investigator) Bellingham, Richard (Co-investigator) Costola, Daniel (Co-investigator) Kelly, Nicolas (Co-investigator)
Rotterdam, Umea and Glasgow: Generating Exemplar Districts in Sustainable Energy Deployment
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2021

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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