Dr Chunping Xie PhD

Dr Chunping Xie

School of Chemical Engineering
Energy Storage Integration Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Chunping Xie is an Energy Storage Integration Research Fellow in the Energy Systems and Policy Analysis Group, Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES). Her current research focuses on developing techno-economic models for analysing the value of energy storage, taking into consideration both technological factors (features of the storage technologies) and economic factors (electricity market, ancillary markets etc.), which provides a feasibility analysis for the application of energy storage.

She was also involved in developing the University of Birmingham campus energy model, which intends to examine the integration of energy storage technologies into the campus energy system and to analyse saving mechanisms for behind-the-meter energy storage. Besides reducing the electricity bill of the University of Birmingham’s main campus, another objective of this research is to reduce the University’s carbon emissions.

Chunping has experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and is fluent in programming techniques, which allows her to develop techno-economic models to assess the value of specific energy storage technologies in energy systems.


  • PhD in Energy Economics, Xiamen University, 2015
  • MSc in Energy Economics, Xiamen University, 2011
  • BA in Economics, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 2009


Chunping Xie obtained her PhD in energy economics in 2015 from Xianmen University, China. During that time, her publications included papers on analysing energy consumption, energy efficiency, energy substitution and CO2 emissions in China’s transport industry based on economic modelling.

In 2015, Chunping received a KAS (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung) fellowship at King’s College London, and spent time in her post studying the global natural gas markets, with a particular interest on the future of Russian gas and its geopolitical and geo-economic impacts on the European Union and China.

Chunping joined the University of Birmingham in January 2017, where she focuses on economic feasibility analyses of energy storage systems. Her current research is to assess the economic feasibility of investing in the building of a Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) plant in the UK, and to identify the optimal size for each component and the optimal operational strategy assuming the LAES plant can assess revenue through arbitrage and providing a Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) service to the national grid.

With a doctorate in energy economics, her research interest lies especially in analysing energy issues through economic modelling. She have received high-level training in quantitative analysis through 10 years of education in economics, and have been engaged in the energy-related research ever since 2009. She has experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and is fluent in programming techniques and various research software (such as MATLAB, Eviews, SPSS, STATA).


Research interests

  • Energy Storage;
  • Arbitrage;
  • Ancillary markets;
  • Techno-economic modelling

Current projects

  • Multi-scale ANalysis for Facilities for Energy STorage (Manifest Project)
  • Living green on campus-we care about energy (UoB Alumni Impact Fund Project)


  • Xie, C., Hong, Y., Ding, Y., Li, Y., Radcliffe, J., 2018. An economic feasibility assessment of decoupled energy storage in the UK: With liquid air energy storage as a case study. Applied Energy 225, 244-257.
  • Wang, X., Wen, X., Xie, C., 2018. An evaluation of technical progress and energy rebound effects in China's iron & steel industry. Energy Policy 123, 259-265.
  • Xie, C., Bai, M., Wang, X., 2018. Accessing provincial energy efficiencies in China’s transport sector. Energy Policy 123, 525-532.
  • Du, K., Lin, B., Xie, C., 2017. Exploring Change in China’s Carbon Intensity: A Decomposition Approach. Sustainability-Basel 9, 296.
  • Du, K., Xie, C., Ouyang, X., 2017. A comparison of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission trends among provinces in China. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 73, 19-25.
  • Xie, C., Du, K., Zhao, Y., Brandon, N.P., 2016. Possibilities of coal–gas substitution in East Asia: A comparison among China, Japan and South Korea. Natural Gas Industry B 3, 387-397.
  • Xie, C., Hawkes, A.D., 2015. Estimation of inter-fuel substitution possibilities in China's transport industry using ridge regression. Energy 88, 260-267.
  • Lin, B., Xie, C., 2014. Energy substitution effect on transport industry of China-based on trans-log production function. Energy 67, 213-222.
  • Lin, B., Xie, C., 2014. Reduction potential of CO2 emissions in China׳ s transport industry. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 33, 689-700.
  • Lin, B., Xie, C., 2013. Estimation on oil demand and oil saving potential of China's road transport sector. Energy Policy 61, 472-482.