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.
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.
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.