Energy Systems Interest Group

INTRODUCTION

The UK Energy System faces some particular challenges as we embrace decarbonisation and seek to integrate a stream of innovations into effective solutions for the future.

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

DRIVERS – THE FOUR Ds

  • Decentralisation
  • Decarbonisation
  • Democratisation
  • Digitalisation

CHALLENGES

  • Change is coming from multiple directions
  • It is transformational, not incremental in nature
  • It is characterised by unprecedented complexity and uncertainty
  • It is unfolding at increasing pace
  • We are dealing with a complex socio-technical system of systems that involves products, processes, services, people, culture, regulation, reward systems, information systems, and more

OBJECTIVES

  • Discover where there are examplars of applying systems engineering / systems thinking best practice in the UK energy systems sector;
  • Discover where there are gaps in awareness or application of the same;
  • Promote opportunities for sharing best practice within the sector;
  • Promote opportunities for bringing best practice from other sectors into the UK energy systems sector and vice versa;
  • Liaise with the INCOSE Central “Power & Energy Systems Working Group”

ACTIVITIES

We expect to meet as a whole group three times per year at different venues around the UK. Throughout the year, we will progress through an agreed hit-list of activities and organise a range of supporting events as required. As and when a need for a particular work product is identified, we may spin off a dedicated Working Group to develop it.