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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


Hunt, J. , Lagore, B., Brandão, R., Diuana, F.A., Quaranta, E., de Miranda, M., Lacorte, A., Barbosa, P.S., de Freitas, M.A.V., Zakeri, B. , Castro, N.J., & Wada, Y. (2023). Mapping the potential for pumped storage using existing lower reservoirs. Journal of Energy Storage 73 e109047. 10.1016/j.est.2023.109047.

Hunt, J. , Nascimento, A., Tong, W., Zakeri, B., Jurasz, J., Patro, E., Ðurin, B., de Jesus Pacheco, D.A., de Freitas, M.A.V., Filho, W.L., & Wada, Y. (2023). Perpetual motion electric truck, transporting cargo with zero fuel costs. Journal of Energy Storage 72 e108671. 10.1016/j.est.2023.108671.

Junior, N.P., Gazoli, J.R., Sete, A., Velasquez, R.M.G., Hunt, J. , Bindemann, F.T., Wounnsoscky, W., de Freitas, M.A.V., de Ávila Condessa, G., & Ismail, K.A.R. (2023). Climate impact on combined cycle thermoelectric power plant in hot and humid regions. Results in Engineering 19 e101342. 10.1016/j.rineng.2023.101342.

Hunt, J. , Nascimento, A., Thomazoni, A., Schneider, P.S., Wounnsoscky, W., Junior, N.P., Vasconcelos de Freitas, M.A., Gazoli, J.R., Bindemann, F.T., & Wada, Y. (2023). Hydraulic isothermal pressure reduction turbine: An efficient and low-cost electricity generation source. Results in Engineering 19 e101332. 10.1016/j.rineng.2023.101332.

Tong, W., Lu, Z., Zhao, H., Han, M., Zhao, G., & Hunt, J. (2023). The structure and control strategies of hybrid solid gravity energy storage system. Journal of Energy Storage 67 e107570. 10.1016/j.est.2023.107570.