James Glynn
Research Fellow
UCC Energy Transition Energy Policy & Modelling


Dr James Glynn (Ph.D., M.Sc., M.A., B.Eng) is a research fellow at the SFI-MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, based in the Environmental Research Institute in University College Cork. Dr Glynn is one of the Irish representatives at the IEA’s Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (IEA-ETSAP) executive committee. James is the MaREI & Irish contact point for the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC).

Dr Glynn’s research interests focus on the development and application of integrated energy systems models and their interactions with the climate, economy, and society to find resilient pathways to a future sustainable energy system . He is an expert developer and user of the TIMES source code as well as applications such as IEA ETSAP-TIAM (Global), TIAM-GEO (Global), Irish-TIMES, and TIMES_IRELAND. These model applications have provided insights to Irish, EU and global energy policy in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders.

Current Activities:

  1. CHIMERA partnership project SFI-NSFC with Tsinghua and Peking universities.
    Multi-model innovations in Integrated Assessment Modelling of Global, Chinese, and Irish energy-economy-environment-climate systems investigating deep decarbonisation pathways from the Paris Agreement to the United Nations sustainable development goals.
  2. CAPACITY – (Climate Action Pathways & Absorptive Capacity)
  3. ETSAP-TIAM Community Integrated assessment climate-energy system model.

Recent Publications:

  1. Yalew, S.G., van Vliet, M.T.H., Gernaat, D.E.H.J., Ludwig, F., Miara, A., Park, C., Byers, E., De Cian, E., Piontek, F., Iyer, G., Mouratiadou, I., Glynn, J., Hejazi, M., Dessens, O., Rochedo, P., Pietzcker, R., Schaeffer, R., Fujimori, S., Dasgupta, S., Mima, S., da Silva, S.R.S., Chaturvedi, V., Vautard, R., van Vuuren, D.P., 2020. Impacts of climate change on energy systems in global and regional scenarios. Nature Energy. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-020-0664-z
  2. Realmonte, G., Drouet, L., Gambhir, A., Glynn, J., Hawkes, A., Köberle, A.C., Tavoni, M., 2020. Reply to “High energy and materials requirement for direct air capture calls for further analysis and R&D.” Nature Communications. 11, 3286. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-17204-6
  3. Realmonte, G., Drouet, L., Gambhir, A., Glynn, J., Hawkes, A., Köberle, A.C., Tavoni, M., 2019. An inter-model assessment of the role of direct air capture in deep mitigation pathways. Nature Communications. 10, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10842-5
  4. Gaffney, F., Deane, J.P., Drayton, G., Glynn, J., Gallachóir, B.P.Ó., 2020. Comparing negative emissions and high renewable scenarios for the European power system. BMC Energy 2, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s42500-020-00013-4
  5. Glynn, J., Gargiulo, M., Chiodi, A., Deane, P., Rogan, F., Ó Gallachóir, B., 2019. Zero carbon energy system pathways for Ireland consistent with the Paris Agreement. Climate Policy 19, 30–42. https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2018.1464893
  6. Sharma, T., Glynn, J., Panos, E., Deane, P., Gargiulo, M., Rogan, F., Gallachóir, B., 2019. High performance computing for energy system optimization models: Enhancing the energy policy tool kit. Energy Policy 128, 66–74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.12.055
  7. Glynn, J., Millar, R., Deane, P., Mac Dowell, N., Allen, M., Ó Gallachóir, B. (2019) Carbon capture and storage in climate stabilisation energy scenarios. IEAGHG technical report. UK.

Full Publication List : Google Scholar
TIMES Source code: GITHUB


Dr Glynn holds PhD in Energy Engineering (UCC) achieved under the mentorship of Prof Brian Ó Gallachóir, an M.Sc. in Sustainable Engineering: Energy Systems and the Environment (Strathclyde), an M.A. in Economic and Environmental Modelling (NUIG), and a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering (NUIG).

He is an expert TIMES developer and user of Irish-TIMES, TIMES_IRELAND, the global IEA-ETSAP TIMES Integrated Assessment Model (ETSAP-TIAM) and TIAM_GEO. He has led and actively contributes to the global ETSAP-TIAM developer’s group exploring novel developments in TIMES integrated energy system modelling, the TIMES source code, including high-performance computing, climate interactions with the energy system, methods for model uncertainty using monte-carlo analysis and hybrid methods linking energy systems models with macroeconomic models to understanding the macroeconomic impacts of decarbonising the energy system. He is an EU-commission invited expert in TIMES energy system modelling. His recent publications including the impact of future climate on technical operation of the energy system, the role of direct air carbon capture and storage in global mitigation scenarios, the impact of local air pollution on equitable global decarbonisation, as well as developing the first zero-carbon energy system pathways for Ireland consistent with the Paris Agreement.

He has successfully led multiple national and international research projects most recently completing a review of the role of carbon capture and storage in global (IPCC/IAMC) Integrated Assessment models for the IEAGHG and OGCI. He is currently coordinating the CHIMERA project developing the next generation TIMES_IRELAND and TIAM_GEO models in collaboration with Tsinghua University Beijing and Peking University Beijing. He is an executive committee member of the International Energy Agency’s technology collaboration program (TCP) in energy technology and systems analysis (IEA-ETSAP), the Irish contact point for the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium, he serves on the steering group for the development of ESRI’s I3E-COSMO, IRELANDS environmental macroeconomic CGE model, he is on the advisory committee for the German DLR BEAM-ME project on high-performance optimisation algorithms, he was an expert reviewer of the EU Commissions DG-ENER new METIS energy system model and collaborates on multiple international energy-climate networks including the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC) and JPI-Climate. He has been an invited government panellist and adviser on energy security and energy poverty strategies for the most recent Irish Energy White Paper. He contributed to the technical modelling for the Irish Low Carbon road map during his PhD. James has also published as part of Insight-E, an Academic-Industry think-tank advising the European Commission on energy security.