Dr. James Glynn is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, focused on energy systems modelling. He has over 15 years of experience within energy systems analysis and energy technology research, development and deployment, collaborating with governments, technologists and energy analysts in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Glynn’s research interests focus on developing and applying integrated energy systems models and their interactions with the climate, economy, and society to find resilient pathways to future sustainable development goals. He is an expert developer and user of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programmes’ (IEA-ETSAP) TIMES source code, developing global and national energy systems models. These model applications have provided insights into Irish, European and International energy policy in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders.
He actively contributes to the global ETSAP-TIAM developer’s group exploring novel developments in TIMES energy systems modelling. His recent code improvements contributions include porting TIMES into Linux for high-performance computing, modelling climate interactions within the energy system, developing methods for modelling uncertainty using monte-carlo analysis, and hybrid methods for linking energy systems models with macroeconomic models to understand the impacts to the economy from the energy transition.
Dr. Glynn holds two masters degrees and a PhD in areas related to energy systems analysis across engineering, science, and economics. He has affiliations to the MaREI Center in University College Cork, Imperial College London, and is an executive committee member of the IEA-ETSAP. He is an EU-commission invited expert in TIMES energy systems modelling and a reviewer of the EU Commission's DG-ENER new energy systems model METIS. He has served on the advisory board for multiple national and European research projects, such as the German DLR BEAM-ME project on high-performance optimisation algorithms. He collaborates on numerous international energy-climate networks, including the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC) and JPI-Climate. 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.
His recent publications include the impact of future climate on the 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 development of the first zero-carbon energy system pathways for Ireland consistent with the Paris Agreement.