Dynamic Energy System Simulation

Introduction

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 is working with government, regulators, academics and industry using Dynamic Energy System Simulation capabilities to analyse the behaviour of future energy system options through simulation. This enables dynamic assessments to be carried out on system design choices and technologies, business models and information technology solutions, enabling design changes to be made quicker and cheaper than through real-world trials.

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 Asset

Dynamic Energy System Simulation (DESS) analyses the behaviour of possible future energy system designs or architectures. It utilises a first-of-a-kind simulation tool developed by Energy Systems Catapult called EnergyPath® Operations (EPO).

DESS takes outputs from the Dynamic Energy System Architecting process and enables:

  • Dynamic (i.e. changing with time) assessment of future system design choices and technologies, business models and information technology solutions,
  • Modelling of physical interactions, business transactions and information flows between different multiple-actors and physical assets to give a Whole Systems perspective,
  • The ability to look at individual transactions in operational timescales – i.e. time granularity of seconds or minutes rather than years,
  • Stakeholders to make changes to their designs cheaper and quicker than they could through discovering issues in real-world trials.

DESS is particularly helpful for determining the performance of predicted future worlds (e.g. where issues only occur after a certain market penetration – such as with Electric Vehicles). DESS can simulate well before the real-world provides an environment to test.

Dynamic Energy System Architecting is 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.

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.