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Reference Number EP/S031898/1
Title Energy Revolution Research Consortium - Plus - EnergyREV - Next Wave of Local Energy Systems in a Whole Systems Context
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy Models) 25%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 100%
Principal Investigator Dr S McArthur
No email address given
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of Strathclyde
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2019
End Date 31 March 2023
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £935,829
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Prospering from the Energy Revolution
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr S McArthur , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Dr J Wu , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr C Wilson , Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (0.001%)
Professor T Green , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor N (Neil ) Strachan , UCL Energy Institute, University College London (0.001%)
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Abstract A key potential pillar of the energy revolution - and one of the most uncertain in its technological configuration, economic impact, societal trade-offs and regulatory control - is the growth of local energy systems (LES) based on new business models, new relationships between consumers and their energy supply and greater integration across heat, gas, electricity and transport infrastructures. A LES is locality where energy resources (such as solar thermal or photovoltaic panels, combined heat and power plant, energy storage) are managed to provide a high proportion of the needs of local users across heating/cooling, vehicle charging and electrical power. It is envisaged that demand for energy can also be managed to some extent to ease the burden of balancing supply and demand but that energy flows to/from a national system are required at times.The UK government's Industrial Strategy focus on Prospering from the Energy Revolution, and the resultant ERRC EnergyRev Core consortium is designed to understand and ensure maximum benefits from the opportunism of LES.* The successful scale-up of LES rests upon anticipating and resolving a multi-criteria set of tensions in a whole systems context:* The scale-up of LES depends on infrastructures, generation plant, capital flows or environmental impacts that are external to the spatial boundaries of the LES* The scale-up of LES results in key vulnerabilities at peak times, at geographical bottlenecks or on the capabilities of market actors* The scale-up of LES is path dependent with near-term decisions having a structural impact on long-term energy system configurations* The scale-up of LES exhibits emergent properties from societal uptake and unintended consequences in a systems context, acknowledging the multiple influences on end-users and their decisionsThis ERRC Plus project is targeted at understanding and quantifying these systems impacts - spatially, temporally and across agents - of widespread LES scale-up and evolution of successful new energy demonstrators and business models. In this way it builds out the whole energy systems depth of the ERRC Energy Rev Core consortium.The long-term evolution of energy systems is set by the actions of many parties under the influence of local and national government policies, support mechanisms and the energy market as a whole. The extent to which this evolving energy system meets the needs of the nation for secure, affordable and sustainable energy is crucial but challenging to foresee. This project aims to evaluate how the system might evolve for the particular case of promotion of LES.Our vision is to create a set of interacting models of the economy, energy technologies and human behaviour and interlink them. The four university research groups who come together in this project have UK leading modelling teams in interdisciplinary whole systems analysis. The project will leverage the evaluation of demonstrator projects undertaken in the Core section ofthe EnergyRev consortium, and by the broader evaluation of industrial strategy, health benefits and community cohesion of LES. Its focus will then be on investments and innovation in key technologies, the interactions and pressures placed on national gas, electricity and transport infrastructures, representing and exploring how people adopt new technologies (such as home automation apps or electric vehicles), and required institutional and regulatory change to understand how - under widespread growth of smart LES - the energy system as a whole will function.We will then create detailed and specific evidence that policy makers in local and national governments and decision makers in energy companies can use to plot a course to exploit the opportunities of the LES energy revolution. This includes state-of-the-art open access models, high profile workshops, targeted policy briefs and bi-directional online engagement routes.

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