INCOSE UK Energy Systems Interest Group launches

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Catapult employees attended the official launch of the INCOSE UK Energy Systems Interest Group in London last week as the group convened for the first time.

INCOSE, the International Council on Systems Engineering, is a not-for-profit membership organisation founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realisation of successful systems.

The Energy Systems interest group has been set up by INCOSE UK in response to a call led by the Energy Systems Catapult’s Systems Integration team.

As a result of our activities, around 50 people from a variety of organisations have expressed interest in participation in the group, while 19 attended the launch meeting, which took place at the Institute of Directors (IoD) headquarters on Tuesday and opened with a keynote from our Director of Innovation, Eric Brown.

ESC’s Michael Gainford has been elected as Chair of the group and Professor Jianzhong Wu of Cardiff University is elected as Co-chair. Tony Byrne of MMI Engineering is elected as Secretary. The group will meet three times a year at different locations around the country.

The objectives of the group are to:

  • Discover the exemplars of systems engineering / systems thinking in the UK energy systems sector;
  • Promote opportunities for sharing this best practice within the energy sector;
  • Find opportunities for bringing best practice from other sectors into the UK energy systems space.

Michael Gainford, Chair of the INCOSE UK Interest Group for Energy Systems, said:

“Our ability to employ a systems engineering approach to a given project is, without doubt, directly linked to overall project performance, particularly in more complex settings such as the energy systems space.

“There are many experts in the energy domain and indeed in systems engineering, but the fundamental purpose of this new interest group is to provide an opportunity for the two to come together to greater promote whole systems thinking in the energy sector. This is key if we are to unlock the significant benefits of a decarbonised energy system across the UK, and beyond.”

To find out more, or to join the group, please contact Michael Gainford