School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Phil Taylor

Head of Engineering and Deputy PVC of SAgE



Professor Phil Taylor is Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI), and Siemens Professor of Energy Systems. He is an internationally leading researcher and industrial expert in energy systems, electrical distribution networks, smart grids, and energy storage integration and control.

Electrical energy storage is central to the world’s energy future. It is vital to decarbonisation of the energy network, increases energy security and delivers energy user savings. Phil’s research team is leading large-scale energy storage demonstration projects throughout the UK.

He is a leading researcher on the Energy Storage for Low Carbon Grids project funded by EPSRC that is working with multiple academic and industrial partners. The project aims to develop an integrated, cost-effective approach to deploying energy storage technology.

Phil and his research team are behind the smart grid lab in collaboration with Siemens, and the energy storage test bed facility at Newcastle University. Both will be located at Science Central. Newcastle University researchers at these unique facilities are working with industry to pave the way for the UK’s future as an international leader in energy storage.   

Phil works regularly with energy suppliers and distributers in the UK on the use of energy storage for power quality improvement in distribution networks.


RCUK Energy Programme Scientific Advisory Committee 

EPSRC, Energy Strategic Advisory Team (SAT).

EPSRC Peer Review College.

Network Operations and Assets Working Group, European Technology Platform for the Electricity Networks of the Future (ETP SmartGrids). 



Publication profile can be viewed here


EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (Durham University, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh University, Sussex University)

The Autonomic Power System, EPSRC Grand Challenges in Energy Networks, (EPSRC, Strathclyde University, Imperial College, Cambridge University, Manchester University, SPRU)

Customer Led Network Revolution, Low Carbon Networks Fund, Tier 2 (Ofgem,Northern Powergrid, British Gas, EA Technology)

Energy Storage Operating Strategies and Deployment, Low Carbon Networks Tier 1 (UK Power Networks, ABB)

Energy Storage for Electrical Distribution Networks, Technical, Commercial and Regulatory aspects (Electricity North West and Scottish Power)

Mathematical Foundations for Energy Networks: buffering, storage and transmission (EPSRC, Heriot Watt University, Cambridge University)

Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability. (ESRC/EPSRC, Kings College London, Lancaster University)

Real Time Ratings and Thermal State Estimation for Electrical Distribution Networks (Scottish Power, Infoterra)

Multi Agent Systems for Decentralised Control of Future Low Voltage Networks (EON)

Demand Side Participation, a Socio-Technical Approach. (Northern Powergrid)

Investigation into Electrical Distribution Network Risk. (Northern Powergrid)

Research Interests

Active Network Management Techniques

Demand Side Management Techniques

Fuzzy Control

Integration of renewable energy into electrical networks (both interconnected and stand alone)