Chiara Candelise




  • PhD in Energy Economics, Imperial College London, UK
  • MSc in Economics, University College London, UK
  • B.A. in Economics, Bocconi University, Italy


Current activities

  • Research Fellow, OEET (Osservatorio Economie Emergenti Torino), Collegio Carlo Alberto and Turin University
  • Research Fellow, GREEN, Bocconi University
  • Research Fellow, Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology, Imperial College London

Past activities

  • Marie Curie Research Fellow, Bocconi University 
  • Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh 
  • Member of British Embassy Renewable Energy Mission to Israel
  • ESRC-SSRC Visiting Fellowship, at Energy Planning Engineering department (PPE) at Alberto Luiz de Coimbra Graduate School and Research in Engineering (COPPE), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ); and LABSOLAR, Solar Research Laboratory, and LabEEE, Laboratorio de Eficiencia Energetica em Edificacoes, both at University of Santa Caterina (UFSC), Florianopolis. Brazil

    Economist, Defra (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs), London, UK

  • Consultant, Erculea Resine S.p.a., Italy
  • Economist, Caboto Holding SIM, Asset management firm, Research Department, Milan, Italy
  • Intern, UNDP (United Nationl Development Program), Karakol, Kyrghystan

 Research interests

  • Energy economics and policy
  • Techno-economic analysis of energy technologies
  • Distributed generation and grid integration
  • Energy access and rural electrification
  • Sustainable energy system transitions
  • Community energy and crowdfunding



Journal papers:

  • Wierling, A., Schwanitz, V.J., Zeiß, J.P., Bout, C., Candelise, C., Gilcrease, W., Sterling Gregg, J. (2018) “Statistical Evidence on the Role of Energy Cooperatives for the Energy Transition in European Countries” Sustainability, 10(9), 3339
  • Candelise C., Westacott P., 2017, "Can integration of PV within UK electricity network be improved? A GIS based assessment of storage", ENERGY POLICY, Vol: 109, Pages: 694-703, ISSN: 0301-4215 
  • Sandwell P., Chan NLA., Foster S., Nagpal D., Emmott CJM., Candelise C., Buckle SJ., Ekins-Daukes N., Gambhir A., Nelson J., 2016, “Off-grid solar photovoltaic systems for rural electrification and emissions mitigation in India", Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 156, Pages 147-156
  • Westacott P., Candelise C., 2016, “Assessing the impacts of photovoltaic penetration across an entire low-voltage distribution network containing 1.5 million customers”, IET Renewable Power Generation, Vol:10, Issue 4, April, p. 460 – 466, DOI:  10.1049/iet-rpg.2015.0535
  • Westacott P., Candelise C., 2016, "A Novel Geographical Information Systems Framework to Characterize Photovoltaic Deployment in the UK: Initial Evidence", Energies , 9(1), 26, doi:10.3390/en9010026
  • Rowley P., Leicester P., Palmer D., Westacott P., Candelise C., Betts T., Gottschalg R., 2015, "Multi-domain analysis of photovoltaic impacts via integrated spatial and probabilistic modelling", IET Renewable Power Generation, Vol:9, Issue 5, June, p. 424 – 431, DOI: 10.1049/iet-rpg.2014.0374
  • Hoggett R., Bolton R., Candelise C., Kern F., Mitchell C., 2014, "Supply chains and energy security in a low carbon transition", Applied Energy, Vol:123, ISSN:0306-2619, Pages:292-295
  • Pantaleo A., Candelise C., Shah N., Bauen A., 2014, “Esco business models for biomass heating and chp: profitability of Esco operations in Italy and key factors assessment”, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol:30, ISSN:1364-0321, Pages:237-253
  • Candelise C., Winskel M., Gross R., 2013, “The dynamics of solar PV costs and prices as a challenge for technology forecasting”, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol:26, ISSN:1364-0321, Pages:96-107
  • Marigo N., Candelise C., 2013, “What is behind the recent dramatic reductions in photovoltaic prices? The role of China”, Economia e Politica Industriale - Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, Vol:40 (3), Pages:5-41
  • Houari Y., Speirs J., Candelise C., Gross R., 2013, “A system dynamics model of tellurium availability for CdTe PV”, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
  • Winskel M., Markusson N., Jeffrey H., Candelise C., Dutton J., Howarth P., Jablonski S., Kalyvas C., Ward D., 2013, “Learning pathways for energy supply technologies: Bridging between innovation studies and learning rates”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol:81, ISSN:0040-1625, Pages:96-114
  • Candelise C., Winskel M., Gross R., 2012, “Implications for CdTe and CIGS technologies production costs of indium and tellurium scarcity”, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, Vol:20, Pages 816–831.
  • Candelise C., Speirs J., Gross R., December 2011, “Materials availability for thin film (TF) PV technologies development: a real concern?”, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review Journal. Vol:15, Issue 9, Pages 4972–4981
  • Candelise C., Gross R., Leach M., 2010, “Conditions for photovoltaics deployment in the UK: the role of policy and technical developments”, Journal of Power and Energy, Vol:224, Number 2, Pages 153-166


Book Chapters:

  • Candelise C., 2016, “The application of crowdfunding to the energy sector”, in W. Vassallo (ed) Crowdfunding for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Publisher: Business Science Reference, 266-287, ISBN: 9781522505686
  • Candelise C., 2015, “Solar Energy, an untapped potential”  in P. Ekins, M. Bradshaw, J. Watson (eds), Global Energy: issues, potentials and policy implications, Oxford University Press
  • Irvine S., Candelise C., 2014, “Introduction and Techno-economic background”, in S. Irvine (ed), Materials Challenges: Inorganic Photovoltaic Solar Energy, Royal Society of Chemistry, London, Pages 1-26 (http://www.rsc.org/shop/books/2014/9781849731874.asp)



  • Candelise C. “Crowdfunding as a novel financial tool for district heating projects”, report committed by Euro Heat and Power Association as part of EU H2020 project TEMPO (Temperature  Optimisation  for Low  Temperature District Heating across Europe). December 2018
  • Candelise C., Ruggieri G., 2017, "Community energy in Italy: heterogeneous institutional characteristics and citizens engagement", Publisher: IEFE Working Paper N.93
  • Candelise C., "Crowdfunding in the energy sector: a smart financing and empowering tool for citizens and communities?", 9th International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings and Smart Communities (IEECB&SC’16), Frankfurt, 16th-18th March 2016
  • Candelise C., August 2015, "Crowdfunding and the energy sector", CEDRO Exchange report, Issue 18
  • Speirs J., Gross R., Contestabile M., Candelise C., Gross B., September 2014, “Materials availability for low-carbon technologies: an assessment of evidence”, report by UKERC Technology and Policy Assessment function, UKERC/RR/TPA/2014/001 (http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/publications/materials-availability-for-low-carbon-technologies.html)
  • Candelise C., Black M., Gross R., March 2013, “Study into the Socio-economic Effects of National Grid Major Infrastructure Projects – Literature Review”. Report commissioned by National Grid.
  • Gross R., Stern J., Charles C., Nicholls J., Candelise C., Heptonstall P., Greenacre P., October 2012, “On picking winners: the need for targeted support for renewable energy”, ICEPT Working Paper, Imperial College London
  • Jones F., Candelise C., Gross R., December 2011, “ICEPT submission to the DECC Consultation over revision of the Feed in Tariff for small scale Photovoltaics”
  • Gross R., Candelise C., November 2011, “ICEPT response to Joint Environmental Audit Committee and Energy and Climate Change Committee Call for Evidence on PV Feed-in Tariff”
  • Speirs J., Gross R., Candelise C., Gross B., April 2011, “Materials Availability: Potential constraints to the future low-carbon economy”, UKERC Working Paper
  • Candelise C., 2009, “Solar PV” in “Accelerated Development of Low Carbon Energy Supply Technologies”, ed. by Winskel M., Markusson N., Jeffrey H., UKERC 2050 Project Report



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