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Julian Hunt

Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment


Julian Hunt is a research scholar in the Sustainable Service Systems (S3) Research Group of the IIASA Energy, Climate, and Environment Program where he focuses on implementing daily and seasonal storage energy technologies in MESSAGE models and analyzing the impact of these technologies on long-term energy planning. His research interests include analysis of energy systems, water-energy-land interfaces, climate change risks, energy security, and energy storage.

In addition to his position at IIASA, Hunt is also a visiting professor in the postgraduate program in mechanical engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, where he teaches energy storage and supervises master’s and doctoral students.

Prior to joining the S3 group, Hunt received a two-year IIASA/CAPES-Brazil research grant to map the global potential for seasonal pumped storage. He joined IIASA from the National Commission for Nuclear Energy (CNEN) in Brazil, developing hybrid nuclear and seawater desalination projects. He also previously worked at the Energy and Climate Change Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Hunt holds a D.Phil in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford and a B.Eng degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Last update: 29 SEP 2021


Jurasz, J., Guezgouz, M., Campana, P.E., Kaźmierczak, B., Kuriqi, A., Bloomfield, H., Hingray, B., Canales, F.A., Hunt, J. , Sterl, S., & Elkadeem, M.R. (2024). Complementarity of wind and solar power in North Africa: Potential for alleviating energy droughts and impacts of the North Atlantic Oscillation. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 191 e114181.

Hunt, J. , Jurasz, J., Zakeri, B. , Tong, W., Nascimento, A., Guo, F. , Đurin, B., Dąbek, P., Wada, Y. , van Ruijven, B. , & Riahi, K. (2024). Electric truck gravity energy storage: An alternative to seasonal energy storage. Energy Storage 6 (1) e575. 10.1002/est2.575.

Pacheco, D.A.J., Rampasso, I.S., Michels, G.S., Ali, S.M., & Hunt, J. (2024). From linear to circular economy: The role of BS 8001:2017 for green transition in small business in developing economies. Journal of Cleaner Production 439 e140787. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2024.140787.

Hunt, J. , Zakeri, B. , Nascimento, A., de Freitas, M., Amorim, F., Guo, F. , Witkamp, G.-J., van Ruijven, B. , & Wada, Y. (2024). Hydrogen balloon transportation: A cheap and efficient mode to transport hydrogen. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 53 875-884. 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2023.11.305.

Lima, G.M., Belchior, F.N., Villena, J.E.N., Domingos, J.L., Freitas, M.A.V., & Hunt, J. (2024). Hybrid electrical energy generation from hydropower, solar photovoltaic and hydrogen. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 53 602-612. 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2023.12.092.