ESIPP characterises and designs the system interface of potential elements (individual device or subsystem) of the future energy system. It also develops the tools and methods to analyse the operation of these elements within future integrated energy systems i.e. energy systems integration (ESI). ESI is the process of coordinating the operation and planning of energy systems across multiple pathways and geographical scales in order to deliver reliable, cost effective energy services with less impact on the environment. This enables us to develop a roadmap of the future integrated energy systems. Each energy system will approach ESI from a different starting point (e.g. an urban area in the developed world compared to a rural area in the developing world). ESI analysis and development of the system coordination requires a proper understanding of the different actors, their motivations, incentives and the information they have access to.

The research programme is broken down into three research strands comprised of 16 different work packages. For more information on each of the individual work packages please follow the links below.

Modelling and Data Strand

This strand will contribute to the understanding of the interactions of different energy systems including, electric power and distributed energy resources, water and gas systems; communication and control infrastructure of end use instances; as well as weather systems.

MD1: Structural and Dynamic Modelling: Analyse and enhance the resilience and flexibility of combined energy networks
MD2: Distributed Energy Resources
MD3: Weather as an Energy Systems Driver
MD4: Supervisory and Control Infrastructures
MD5: Uncertainty, Variability and ESI Impacts on Power System Flexibility

End Use Integration Strand

The End Use Integration strand will facilitate the transition to more sustainable energy and water systems, by developing nationally and internationally relevant approaches to the related problems of managing increased network volatility with decarbonised energy production and reduction of latent demand for energy and water.

EUI1: Proxy Metering of Energy Vectors in Industrial Manufacturing Sites
EUI2: Commercial/Institutional Buildings – Optimisation of Gas & Electricity Systems
EUI3: Application of self-learning techniques for energy systems integration in future residential heating systems
EUI4: Energy Systems Integration in Large-scale Wastewater Treatment
EUI5: Water/Energy Nexus - Impacts and Modelling
EUI6: Sustainable Data Centre Thermal Management
EUI7: Diversification of Gas End Use and Supply

Markets and Strategic Planning Strand

The strand objective, in that broad context, is to develop a more consistent and complete evidence base for integrated energy systems and markets at the micro- and macro-economic levels, whilst building research capacity to enable much improved strategic planning in the sector into the future.

MSP1: Integrated, Electricity, Gas and Water Modelling
MSP2: Risks and Finance in Integrated Energy Markets
MSP3: Consumer Behaviour in an Integrated Energy System
MSP4: Climate-Energy Systems Interactions