Considering eight aspects of systems integration to identify risks, the readiness of solutions and your team’s ability to deliver
Think like a systems engineer to accelerate Net Zero innovation
To achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050, the transformation of the energy system needs to consider whole energy system and the integration previously separate systems.
Both the physical parts of the energy system electricity, gas, heat and transport, as well as digital, market and policy systems.
Energy Systems Catapult has developed a framework called “Aspects of Integration” to encourage systems thinking with innovators and to open up some of the benefits that systems engineering can offer.
We looked across many different industries, including defence and aerospace, to bring together a framework to support the energy sector when it comes to identifying risks around system integration.
There are eight different aspects we believe are key when thinking how an innovative solution can fit into the existing and evolving energy system and its environment.
The 8 Aspects of Integration
Availability and readiness of any new or existing technology required for the solution, and its manufacture, installation and commissioning.
Operation, Support and Maintenance of the solution. Disposal and Decommissioning or Withdrawal from service at the end of the planned lifetime. Reliability and Quality (continuous improvement) during the planned lifetime.
Consumer and cultural impact and readiness. Integration of human factors for operation and support of the solution. Training Needs. Job creation. Actors include people, companies, government and communities.
Availability, accessibility and security of any new or existing information required for the solution, and its management and operation.
Availability and readiness of any new or existing infrastructure required for operation or support of the solution.
Ability of the solution to work in harmony with current or planned parts of the WES and interrelated (sibling) solutions at the ‘system of systems’ level to meet local and national level objectives.
End to end order, manufacturing & logistics process in place. Price & profit sustainability. Resilient to market fluctuations (exchange rates, competitor offerings).
Compliance with existing or planned policy, legislation and regulation. Need for any new or changed policy, legislation and regulation.
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