Dr Paul Balcombe

Paul Balcombe
MEng, PhD, CEng, MIChemE, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy
Chemical Engineering Programme Director

School of Engineering and Materials Science
Queen Mary University of London
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Research

Methane emissions, Energy system decarbonisation, Emissions measurement, Hydrogen, Ammonia, Biogas

Interests

Specialises in developing unique technology-specific, probabilistic emissions/cost modelling of energy supply chains, particularly relating to methane emissions from natural gas, as well as biogas, hydrogen and ammonia supply chains.

Publications

Relevant PublicationPublications of specific relevance to the Centre for Sustainable Engineering

2024

Relevant PublicationHuang J and Balcombe P (2024). How to minimise the cost of green hydrogen with hybrid supply: A regional case study in China. Applied Energy, Elsevier vol. 355 
01-02-2024

2023

Relevant PublicationRosselot KS, Balcombe P, Ravikumar AP and Allen DT (2023). Simulating the Variability of Methane and CO2 Emissions from Liquefied Natural Gas Shipping: A Time-in-Mode and Carrier Technology Approach. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, American Chemical Society (ACS) vol. 11 (43), 15632-15643.  
19-10-2023
Relevant PublicationHeggo D and Balcombe P (2023). Developing a Strategy for Site-Level Methane Emissions Monitoring to Meet OGMP2.0 Level 5: A Case Study. Day 4 Fri, September 08, 2023
05-09-2023
Relevant PublicationDubey L, Speirs J, Balcombe P, Tariq N, Brandon N and Hawkes A (2023). Future use of natural gas under tightening climate targets. Futures, Elsevier vol. 150 
01-06-2023
Relevant PublicationOlczak M, Piebalgs A and Balcombe P (2023). A global review of methane policies reveals that only 13% of emissions are covered with unclear effectiveness. One Earth, Elsevier vol. 6 (5), 519-535.  
01-05-2023
Relevant PublicationHuang J, Balcombe P and Feng Z (2023). Technical and economic analysis of different colours of producing hydrogen in China. Fuel, Elsevier vol. 337 
01-04-2023
Relevant PublicationDubey L, Cooper J, Staffell I, Hawkes A and Balcombe P (2023). Comparing satellite methane measurements to inventory estimates: A Canadian case study. Atmospheric Environment X, Elsevier vol. 17 
01-01-2023

2022

Relevant PublicationAllen MR, Peters GP, Shine KP, Azar C, Balcombe P, Boucher O, Cain M, Ciais P, Collins W, Forster PM, Frame DJ, Friedlingstein P, Fyson C, Gasser T, Hare B, Jenkins S, Hamburg SP, Johansson DJA, Lynch J, Macey A, et al. (2022). Indicate separate contributions of long-lived and short-lived greenhouse gases in emission targets. npj Climate and Atmospheric Science vol. 5 (1) 
01-12-2022
Relevant PublicationOlczak M, Piebalgs A and Balcombe P (2022). Methane regulation in the EU: Stakeholder perspectives on MRV and emissions reductions. Environmental Science & Policy, Elsevier BV vol. 137, 314-322.  
01-11-2022
Relevant PublicationRoman-White SA, Littlefield JA, Fleury KG, Allen DT, Balcombe P, Konschnik KE, Ewing J, Ross GB and George F (2022). Response to Comment on LNG Supply Chains: A Supplier-Specific Life-Cycle Assessment for Improved Emission Accounting. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, American Chemical Society 
04-10-2022
Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Heggo D and Harrison M (2022). Total Methane and CO2 Emissions from Liquefied Natural Gas Carrier Ships: The First Primary Measurements. Environmental Science and Technology, American Chemical Society 
14-06-2022
Relevant PublicationChatenet M, Pollet BG, Dekel DR, Dionigi F, Deseure J, Millet P, Braatz RD, Bazant MZ, Eikerling M, Staffell I, Balcombe P, Shao-Horn Y and Schäfer H (2022). Water electrolysis: from textbook knowledge to the latest scientific strategies and industrial developments. Chemical Society Reviews vol. 51 (11), 4583-4762.  
16-05-2022
Relevant PublicationParkinson B, Balcombe P, Speirs JF, Hawkes AD and Hellgardt K (2022). Correction: Levelized cost of CO 2 mitigation from hydrogen production routes. Energy & Environmental Science, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) vol. 15 (12), 5425-5433.  
01-01-2022

2021

Relevant PublicationLudlow J, Jalil-Vega F, Rivera XS, Garrido R, Hawkes A, Staffell I and Balcombe P (2021). Organic waste to energy: resource potential and barriers to uptake in Chile. Sustainable Production and Consumption 
29-08-2021
Relevant PublicationCooper J, Balcombe P and Hawkes A (2021). The quantification of methane emissions and assessment of emissions data for the largest natural gas supply chains. Journal of Cleaner Production, 128856-128856.  
28-08-2021
Relevant PublicationRoman-White SA, Littlefield JA, Fleury KG, Allen DT, Balcombe P, Konschnik KE, Ewing J, Ross GB and George F (2021). LNG Supply Chains: A Supplier-Specific Life-Cycle Assessment for Improved Emission Accounting. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, American Chemical Society (ACS) 
03-08-2021
Relevant PublicationAuger T, Trüby J, Balcombe P and Staffell I (2021). The future of coal investment, trade, and stranded assets. Joule, Published by Elsevier Inc. 
08-06-2021
Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Staffell I, Kerdan IG, Speirs JF, Brandon NP and Hawkes AD (2021). How can LNG-fuelled ships meet decarbonisation targets? An environmental and economic analysis. Energy, Elsevier vol. 227 
27-03-2021
Relevant PublicationRivera XCS, Balcombe P and Niero M (2021). Chapter 3 Life Cycle Assessment as a Metric for Circular Economy. Life Cycle Assessment  54-80.  
01-01-2021

2020

Relevant PublicationSpeirs J, Balcombe P, Blomerus P, Stettler M, Achurra-Gonzalez P, Woo M, Ainalis D, Cooper J, Sharafian A, Merida W, Crow D, Giarola S, Shah N, Brandon N and Hawkes A (2020). Natural gas fuel and greenhouse gas emissions in trucks and ships. Progress in Energy vol. 2 (1), 012002-012002.  
20-01-2020

2019

Relevant PublicationCooper J, Hawkes A and Balcombe P (2019). Life cycle environmental impacts of natural gas drivetrains used in UK road freighting and impacts to UK emission targets. Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier vol. 674, 482-493.  
15-07-2019
Relevant PublicationCrow DJG, Balcombe P, Brandon N and Hawkes AD (2019). Assessing the impact of future greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas production. Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier vol. 668, 1242-1258.  
07-03-2019
Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Brierley J, Lewis C, Skatvedt L, Speirs J, Hawkes A and Staffell I (2019). How to decarbonise international shipping: Options for fuels, technologies and policies. Energy Conversion and Management vol. 182, 72-88.  
15-02-2019
Relevant PublicationStaffell I, Scamman D, Velazquez Abad A, Balcombe P, Dodds PE, Ekins P, Shah N and Ward KR (2019). The role of hydrogen and fuel cells in the global energy system. Energy and Environmental Science vol. 12 (2), 463-491.  
01-02-2019
Relevant PublicationParkinson B, Balcombe P, Speirs JF, Hawkes AD and Hellgardt K (2019). Levelized cost of CO 2 mitigation from hydrogen production routes. Energy and Environmental Science vol. 12 (1), 19-40.  
01-01-2019
Relevant PublicationCooper J and Balcombe P (2019). Life cycle environmental impacts of natural gas drivetrains used in road freighting. Procedia CIRP
01-01-2019

2018

Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Speirs JF, Brandon NP and Hawkes AD (2018). Methane emissions: choosing the right climate metric and time horizon. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts vol. 20 (10), 1323-1339.  
01-10-2018
Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Speirs J, Johnson E, Martin J, Brandon N and Hawkes A (2018). The carbon credentials of hydrogen gas networks and supply chains. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier vol. 91, 1077-1088.  
01-08-2018
Relevant PublicationSpeirs J, Balcombe P, Johnson E, Martin J, Brandon N and Hawkes A (2018). A greener gas grid: What are the options. Energy Policy vol. 118, 291-297.  
01-07-2018
Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Brandon NP and Hawkes AD (2018). Characterising the distribution of methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the natural gas supply chain. Journal of Cleaner Production vol. 172, 2019-2032.  
20-01-2018

2017

Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Anderson K, Speirs J, Brandon N and Hawkes A (2017). The Natural Gas Supply Chain: The Importance of Methane and Carbon Dioxide Emissions. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering vol. 5 (1), 3-20.  
03-01-2017

2015

Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Rigby D and Azapagic A (2015). Energy self-sufficiency, grid demand variability and consumer costs: Integrating solar PV, Stirling engine CHP and battery storage. Applied Energy, Elsevier vol. 155, 393-408.  
01-10-2015
Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Rigby D and Azapagic A (2015). Environmental impacts of microgeneration: Integrating solar PV, Stirling engine CHP and battery storage. Applied Energy, Elsevier vol. 139, 245-259.  
01-02-2015

2014

Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Rigby D and Azapagic A (2014). Investigating the importance of motivations and barriers related to microgeneration uptake in the UK. 
01-10-2014

2013

Relevant PublicationBalcombe P, Rigby D and Azapagic A (2013). Motivations and barriers associated with adopting microgeneration energy technologies in the UK. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier vol. 22, 655-666.  
01-06-2013

Grants of specific relevance to the Centre for Sustainable Engineering

solid heart iconGrants of specific relevance to the Centre for Sustainable Engineering
bullet iconCheniere co-sponsorship of EPSRC PhD studentship equipment budget
Paul Balcombe
£90,000 Cheniere Energy Inc (01-01-2022 - 31-12-2024)
bullet iconPAK UK Education Gateway Mobility Partnership for Faculty
Alan Drew, Maria Crespo Ribadeneyra, Annalisa Bruno, Devis Di Tommaso, Edo Boek, Mahdieh Sadabadi, Paul Balcombe and Christopher Jones
£26,500 British Council (01-04-2023 - 30-06-2024)