Coordinating research in energy networks


HubNet - A Hub for Energy Networks

HubNet is a consortium of researchers from various UK universities tasked with coordinating research in energy networks in the UK. HubNet was funded by the Energy Programme of Research Councils UK under grant number EP/I013636/1 (2011-2016) and now EP/N030028/1 (2016-2018).

This Hub provides research leadership in the field through the publication of in-depth position papers written by leaders in the field and the organisation of workshops and other mechanisms for the exchange of ideas between researchers, industry and the public sector.

HubNet supports research across a range of topics to spur the development of innovative solutions for low-carbon and secure energy networks. We have identified the following broad areas as crucial to that objective:

  • Energy Networks Modelling and Planning
  • Network Control & Operation under Uncertainty
  • Distributed and Intelligent Control
  • Information Systems for Energy Networks
  • Offshore Network Infrastructure
  • Grid-Scale Storage
  • New Distribution Infrastructure

The HubNet Association is a free-to-join grouping of researchers and research users. Join via the "HubNet Registration" tab to get access to working document versions of positions papers, an archive of workshop and symposium presentations and to receive notification of future events.


The HubNet Colloquium is organising a series of workshops that aim to bring together industry and academic practitioners to discuss current challenges related to specific themes each time.

The latest workshops to be held were:

The HubNet Colloquium is also supporting the following workshop:

10th Universities High Voltage Network (UHVnet) Colloquium

The 10th UHVnet colloquium will be hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University on the 18th and 19th of January 2017. Papers are particularly invited from Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers and Field Engineers for whom the Colloquium provides an ideal platform to present their work to others within the UK's High Voltage (HV) Engineering Community. The organisers welcome the submission of abstracts that cover the usual broad spectrum of research topics, while the tutorials and keynote lectures will address topical and emerging challenges facing the future power networks and how this might motivate the research agenda, with a particular emphasis on the key technologies of the future and HV related tests and monitoring.

For more information please click here.


There have recently been stories in the media about the risk of electricity capacity shortfalls, including references to a report published by the British Infrastructure Group, and to GB customers in the future receiving very different levels of access to energy according to ability to pay. Are the concerns in these stories justified? See here for a commentary from HubNet participant Chris Dent, DEI Associate Fellow and Reader in Industrial Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh on certain aspects of this. Chris questions whether the alarmist tone of these articles is justified.