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Transforming Islands into Sustainable Circular Research Hubs


Funder EPSRC

The main objective of this research project is to examine waste to energy into a well interconnected system considering circular economy principles. The Scottish Government has set a number of goals towards developing a circular economy, as described by its 'Zero Waste Plan. This is transformed into action by the strategy document "Making Things Last: A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland", which discusses commitment to principles of reuse, reduce, recycling and remanufacturing, as well as existing research and further avenues of development. In the same time, several electricity interconnections are proposed currently according to conditions imposed by Ofgem of certain capacity requirements being met by CfDs. We are testing an interconnected power system for Scottish islands which accommodates a number of energy resources including biological ones.

Mobile Education Hub for Sustainable Islands

Aug 2019 - July 2020

UCL Global Engagement Fund; in collaboration with SJTU (China)

Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing global environmental issue adversely affecting terrestrial, coastal and marine man-made and natural ecosystems. Think globally- act locally as suggested during the Rio + 20 conference has become a very useful approach for numerous local contributions to achieve the SDGs of the Agenda 2030. When it comes to conversation, knowledge is power and educating the younger generations is the key. Part of this we are running the programme called 'Mobile Education Hub' for Sustainable Islands communities in a circular economy.

Circular Islands

Aug 2019 - July 2020

A circular economy and society for sustainable islands (circular islands) UCL Grand Challenge of Justice Equality

The objective of this project is to define a methodological guidance for islands towards a circular economy and society in line with the three principles (reuse, reduce and recycle).

Turkish Islands


Techno-economic assessment of Renewables Integration in islands in Turkey

This study aims to examine the impact of increase of renewable energy in three regional islands in Turkey. Various scenarios will be assessed for optimal combination of electricity generation, energy storage, electric vehicles, submarine interconnections and demand management. Furthermore this study targets to assess the technical reliability of renewable energy integrations in these islands.

A Circular Economy for Sustainable Growth

Aug 2017 - July 2021

Energy, building materials and low carbon technologies

The study aims to create a connection between environmental studies, engineering and architecture to provide a comprehensive approach through combining technological advances and better designing approach. The study’s unique contribution is to take a holistic and system-based thinking, not only the end-user perspective of the system but also the use of materials embedded in energy efficient building technologies and life-cycle wide approach. Material Flow Analysis (MFA) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methods have been used to assess the built environment in three different scales: country, city, islands. Sustainable design and construction approach and energy technologies adopted to the built environment could be a driver for 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Greek Non-Interconnected Islands


Enhancing Effective Implementation of Renewable Energy Sources on the Greek Non-interconnected Islanding Region

The main objective of this research project is to examine the impact of interconnection plans in parallel with high RES deployment on the Greek electricity system under the Energy Trilemma Index. Scenarios are assessed for optimal combination of resources, electricity generation technologies, energy storage, electric vehicles and submarine interconnections while applying demand side response management.

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Islands Laboratory is formed of multidisciplinary researchers coming from different backgrounds (economics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, architecture, social science, anthropology, biology)


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