Energy System Integration Guides

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 applies the principles of systems engineering to help develop Energy System Integration Guides for a range of stakeholders to help them integrate new products and services to open markets, focus investments, create jobs and deliver export opportunities.

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 across the physical, digital and market systems.

To effectively integrate systems, solutions must be considered from all relevant aspects – technology, people, policies, regulation, business models, market mechanisms and much more. It is also important to compare 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

Energy Systems Catapult is developing a cohesive set of integration guides that have significant potential to help a range of stakeholders open new markets, focus investment costs and future-proof innovations for the UK energy system.

The Energy System Integration Guides (ESIG) asset is working to support innovators, SMEs, site owners, innovation portfolio owners, system owners, and demonstration portfolio owners. ESIG aims to provides early identification of collaboration needs, avoiding the trap where £M are spent, and years wasted, “developing the wrong thing”.

Our Approach

The ESIG team is developing guides that will provide early identification of integration issues that need to be addressed if innovations are going to be brought to market in an effective way. The outcomes may determine that the system must change to take advantage of the innovation, the innovation must change to be acceptable by the system, or both must change.

ESIG are aiming to help stakeholders by:

  • Identifying valuable information about integration risks that need to be addressed;
  • Guiding assessments of an innovations effect on the system, the effect of the system on the innovation, and to identify changes that must be made to deliver a successful solution.
  • Working with any complex socio-technical system at any level of decomposition e.g. system of systems, system, element or component.