Dr Phil Wu (吴越), BSc, MSc, PhD is a researcher in Sustainable Energy within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.Originally from a material science background, Phil obtained MSc in Sustainable Energy Technologies from the University of Southampton in 2011. His research project in energy storage for solar photovoltaic systems has contributed to the collaboration between the university and local industry, and demonstrated the feasibility of using a new type of batteries for storing electricity from solar systems. He was awarded PhD in Low Carbon City Assessment from the same department in 2016. His PhD research has contributed to a number of research programmes including the Liveable Cities project and the research outcomes are used by UK cities such as Southampton City Council.
MSc project: Testing a new type of battery (LiFePO4) for the use in solar PV systems
MSc project: Testing a new type of battery (LiFePO4) for the use in solar PV systems
Phil is currently continuing his post-doctoral research in the Liveable Cities project, which is a 5-year research programme jointly supported by 4 UK leading universities – Universities of Southampton, Birmingham, UCL, and Lancaster. His research topic is to investigate the possibility and impacts of reducing carbon dioxide emissions within a city. His research outcomes have been presented to Southampton City Council, influencing the policy making process of the city. Some of his findings have been published on online-based GIS (geographic information systems) portals, providing access for the general public to understand the energy saving potential of their homes.

Dr Phil Y Wu


Research Interests

  • City analysis aiming at emission reduction and wellbeing improvement
  • Solar energy assessment
  • Sustainability of cities

Research Projects

(Liveable Cities) Transforming the Engineering of Cities to Deliver Societal and Planetary Wellbeing
(UK – China Low Carbon City) City-wide analysis to propel cities towards resource efficiency and better wellbeing

Research Outcomes




Promoting low carbon behaviours through personalised information? Long-term evaluation of a carbon calculator interview, Energy Policy, 2018 Download PDF
Sick and stuck at home – how poor health increases electricity consumption and reduces opportunities for environmentally-friendly travel in the United Kingdom, Energy Research & Social Science, 2018 Download PDF
Carbon emissions reductions in cities through large scale PV deployment, International Conference on Renewable Energy, 2018
City-scale building height determination using LiDAR, Environment & Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 2018 Download PDF
City-wide building energy efficiency assessment using EPC data, Future Cities & Environment, 2017 Download PDF
Assessment of large scale photovoltaic power generation from carport canopies, Energies, 2017 Download PDF
Little Book of Energy and the city, 2017 Download PDF
Little Book of Rezoning, 2017 Download PDF
Dataset of the livability performance of the city of Birmingham, UK, as measured by its citizen wellbeing, resource security, resource efficiency and carbon emissions, Data in Brief, 2017 PDF
How sharing can contribute to more sustainable cities, Sustainability, 2017 PDF


Office: 7/5013, University of Southampton
Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 3940
Email: Phil.Wu@soton.ac.uk