Xiaoyu Yan

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Atta Ajayebi - PhD Student

Marina Maier - PhD Student

Dr Xiaoyu Yan

Senior Lecturer in Energy and Environment


I am an engineer whose research looks at joining up sustainable energy systems and low carbon transport technologies, such as electric vehicles. I plan for current and future energy supply and analyse the environmental and economical viability of these technologies. I am particularly interested in the potential use of alternative fuels.

I am also a member of the Renewable Energy department in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

You can find out more by watching a two-minute video of me explaining my work.

Research interests

  • Sustainability assessment of bioenergy pathways, electrical generation technologies, transport options, water systems and mining operations using life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Developing spatiotemporal dynamical LCA methods
  • Impact of renewable energy systems on ecosystem services
  • Water-Energy-Food-Environment Nexus
  • Energy and transport modelling
  • Performance of alternative fuels in engines

Current projects

  • "Water Energy Food" (WEFWEBS): Mapping the WEF at Multiple Scales and Across Sectors (EPSRC, 2015-2018)
  • An innovative framework for sustainability assessment of renewable energies based on life-cycle analysis and ecosystem services evaluation (British Council Newton Fund PhD Placment Programme, 2016-2017)
  • CEReS: Co-processing of coal mine and electronic wastes: Novel resources for a sustainable future (EU RFCS, 2016-2019)
  • Integrating marine ecosystem services into macroeconomic modelling (NERC GW4+ DTP CASE studentship, 2016-2020)
  • ICE: Intelligent Community Energy (EU INTERREG, 2016-2019)
  • IMP@ACT: Integrated Mobile modularised Plant and Containerised Tools (EU H2020, 2016-2020)
  • Unpacking China's Water-Energy-Food-Environment (WEFE) nexus (EPSRC GCRF, 2016-2017)
  • Embedded systems for Integrated Photovaltics in Rural Buildings: E-IPB (Newton Fund - China-UK Research and Innovation Bridges, 2017-2019)


2008 PhD Mechanical Engineering (Queen Mary, University of London)
BSc Transport Engineering (Tongji University, Shanghai)


2012 Lecturer, University of Exeter
2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge
2009 Postdoctoral Researcher, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
2008-2009 Postdoctoral Researcher, Energy Research Group, Queen Mary, University of London 

Contact details

Email xiaoyu.yan@exeter.ac.uk
Telephone  +44 (0)1326 259485 
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 1.27

University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE