Dynamic Energy System Architecting

For the UK to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve clean growth ambitions, the transformation of the energy system needs to consider the integration the physical, digital and market systems.

Energy Systems Catapult has developed a capability called Dynamic Energy System Architecting, creating a method for government, regulators, academics and industry to co-develop a future energy system in a way that the physical, informational, operational and economic components of a system are organised and integrated.

The Challenge and Opportunity

Transforming the UK energy system to be clean, secure and affordable requires integrating and optimising solutions and innovations from a range of previously separate systems including power, heat, transport, and communications.

This future energy system must ensure the physical, informational, operational and economic components of a system are organised and integrated.

To effectively integrate systems, solutions must be considered from all relevant aspects – technology, people, policies, regulation, business models, market mechanisms and much more. Comparing a range of concepts and innovations to find the appropriate balance between opportunity and risk, considering the views of all relevant parties, and managing the inevitable conflict between them.

Our Capability

Dynamic Energy System Architecting (DESA) is a method of engaging with multiple stakeholders to:

  • Design the structure and interoperability requirements,
  • Describing the different elements with internal and external relationships, and
  • Defining the rules governing a future energy system that brings together physical energy systems, market systems, information technology systems, services, and people into a coherent whole.

There is recognition from Government and the commercial sector that there is value in a Whole Systems approach to decarbonising the energy system.

DESA facilitates the creation of an energy systems architecture by reaching compromises between the individual requirements of stakeholders to meet the overall objectives of the whole system. This starts with high-level conceptual goals and adds detail incrementally to create an energy system design. It allows us to manage different stakeholder perspectives and to understand the implications of different design choices within an integrated, inter-operable energy system.

Dynamic Energy System Simulation then allows us to explore the emergent behaviour of the system. Using of the EnergyPath® Operations (EPO) simulation asset to assess system design choices and technologies, business models and Information and Communications Technology solutions. Providing simulated future system architectures – in operational time-frames and from local to national level.

Our Approach

As an expert, independent, technology-agnostic organisation, Energy Systems Catapult is uniquely placed to help define options for a future energy system that integrates the disparate physical, digital and market systems, against the background of rapid technological and societal change.

Through a structured approach to managing risk, lowering costs and accelerating implementation, we have developed a range of capabilities and assets, expertise, tools, and methods that support the full lifespan of an integrated system solution.