Contact Dr Pegah Mirzania
Pegah completed her PhD at the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), London South Bank University in 2019 where she researched distributed energy systems, in particular, Community-owned solar projects in the UK. The primary aim of her research was to evaluate how the integration of solar PV and electricity storage can be structured to be a feasible and financially viable model for community-owned solar projects in the post-subsidy condition. Pegah received her Master degree in Energy and Economics from City University of London, where she worked on energy performance policy frameworks to improve and promote energy efficiency in community and public buildings.
Pegah overall research interests focus on developing ways to achieve a sustainable, fair and clean socio-technical energy system. She is particularly interested in developing innovative business and techno-economic models for renewable energy and investigating how communities fit in and function in processes linked to scaling up renewables.
I am interested in supervising / co-supervising research (PhD) students with a research interest in:
Smart local energy system
Community renewable energy
In February 2019, Pegah has joined Cranfield University as a research fellow. Pegah’s current research activities are related to Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants. Her main research focus is in analysing the sustainability and livelihood impacts of Concentrated Solar Power plants on local communities by drawing insights from theoretical concepts on socio-technical evolution of energy systems, territorial nature of energy networks.
Current active project
H2020-LCE-11-2017, Project number 792103, SOLWATT – “Solving Water Issues for CSP Plants”
Global Challenges Research Fund on Sustainable Energy transitions in South Africa: socio-economic aspects (CO-Investigator)
UKERC Project, "Beyond the Technical: Social and Political Implications of Delivering a Low Carbon Heat Future in the UK"
Just’ Energy Transitions within SEMLEP Region (JET-SEMLEP)
- European Community-H2020 programme
- Energy UK
- UK Energy Research Center (UKERC)
Articles In Journals
- Mirzania P, Ford A & Ozkan N (2020) An innovative viable model for community-owned solar PV projects without FIT: comprehensive techno-economic assessment, Energy Policy, 146 (November) Article No. 111727.
- Mirzania P, Balta-Ozkan N & Marais L (2020) One technology, two pathways? Strategic Niche Management and the diverging diffusion of concentrated solar power in South Africa and the United States, Energy Research and Social Science, 69 (November) Article No. 101729.
- Mirzania P, Ford A, Andrews D, Ofori G & Maidment G (2019) The impact of policy changes: The opportunities of community renewable energy projects in the UK and the barriers they face, Energy Policy, 129 (June) 1282-1296.
- Mirzania P, Balta-Ozkan N & Ford A (2019) For Post-Subsidy Solar PV Uptake in the UK: Techno-Economic Assessment of Integrating Solar PV and Battery Storage. In: International Conference on Sustainable Materials and Energy Technologies (ICSMET 2019), Coventry, 12-13 September 2019.
- Makanga J, Mirzania P & Balta-Ozkan N (2019) Concentrated Solar Power in South Africa: A Techno-Economic Assessment. In: International Conference on Sustainable Materials and Energy Technologies (ICSMET 2019), Coventry, 12-13 September 2019.
- Mirzania P, Ford A, Andrews D & Maidment GG (2018) Breakthrough without Feed-in-Tariff: Techno-economics assessment of battery storage as potential business case for commercial and community renewable energy projects. In: Energy Systems Conference 2018, London, 19-20 June 2018.
- Mirzania P, Ford A, Andrews D & Maidment GG (2017) Community energy in the UK: The end or the beginning of a brighter future?. In: Energy for Society: 1st International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science, Sitges, 2-5 April 2017.
- Mirzania P, Ford A, Akhavan Farshchi M & Maidment G (2016) Investigating business models for the UK 's community renewable energy. In: Energy Systems Conference, London, 14-15 June 2016.