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Prof Karen Turner
ETP Theme Champion for Energy Policy, People, & Society

Dr Kirsten Jenkins
ETP Deputy Theme Champion for Energy Policy, People, & Society

Natasha Madeira
ETP Energy Systems Business Development Manager


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Energy Systems - Business Development Manager

Natasha Madeira, Energy Systems Business Development Manager

She is not new to ETP - her previous role was as the International Collaboration Manager for the European North Sea Energy Alliance (ENSEA) collaborative initiative. That role supported the development of European networks and projects relating to Energy Systems Integration (ESI) with the aim of increasing the proportion of renewable and low carbon energy sources in the energy system.

Natasha worked as a Business Development Executive for Heriot-Watt University’s School of the Built Environment, prior to joining ETP. Before that, Natasha spent 9 years working as an environmental professional in a Scottish Environmental Consultancy in areas covering Environmental Policy, Sustainable Construction and Engineering, Waste Reduction, Water and Resource Management, Biodiversity and Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Since April 2019 Natasha has a shared role with Energy Systems Catapult.

Energy, Policy, People, and Society

As we transition towards a lower carbon society with an increased proportion of renewables in the energy mix, ETP universities are working with policy-makers and industry, right across the energy sector, to support the development of Smart Energy Systems and increase Energy Systems Integration (ESI).

Energy Expertise in Energy, Policy, People and Society

Whole Energy Systems

The new ETP Energy, People and Society Theme considers the whole energy system and the full energy mix comprising:

  • All energy sources – renewables, fossil and nuclear
  • All energy pathways – electrical, fuel and thermal
  • All geographic scales – from single buildings, to communities, to entire regions

Energy Systems Integration (ESI)

The Energy, People and Society Theme seeks to support activities which optimise the efficiency of energy systems and increase Energy Systems Integration;

  • Across multiple pathways
  • Within and between systems
  • Across geographic scales

Figure: Definition of Energy Systems Integration
Source: US National Renewable Energy Laboratory Report ‘Energy Systems Integration: A convergence of ideas’ (NREL July, 2012)

ETP Academic Expertise in Energy, Policy, People and Society

This theme will complement, and draw upon, the expertise from the other 10 ETP Energy Themes. Areas of ETP academic expertise relevant to more sustainable and better integrated energy systems include:

  • Smart and hybrid energy systems and networks
  • Computational design, modelling tools, simulation and analytics
    o     for e.g. resource efficiency, energy performance of buildings and whole energy systems,  
           economics and socio-political factors, digital connectivity                                                 
    o       to improve e.g. robustness of inputs, scenario design, model calibration, soft-linking models
  • Energy efficiency/ building energy management
  • Energy Demand-Side Response (DSR) / Demand-Side Management (DSM)/
  • Energy supply management / distributed generation
  • Energy Storage Systems (ESS) / Hybrid Energy Storage Systems (HESS)

Increasingly, energy systems require to be linked with other systems to function effectively, thus expertise may also be drawn from a broad range of academic areas, including; ICT, finance, market economics, transport, policy, sociology and ergonomics.

Towards Optimisation of Energy Systems

By supporting and informing efforts to develop a better integrated and distributed energy system, ETP universities can facilitate incorporation of increased renewable and low carbon energy sources. Alongside increased integration, improved operational efficiency in energy systems could enable us to:

  • make them smart(er) and cleaner
  • use whole-systems modelling techniques to support and inform decision-making
  • reduce losses (e.g. through transmission, conversion and heat)
  • increase and enhance energy supply in terms of sustainability, security, quantity, quality, reliability, flexibility and diversity of supply
  • increase utilisation and flexibility of assets
  • increase consumer engagement, empowerment, satisfaction, and efficiency in energy use and management
  • increase interoperability of systems
  • streamline processes for data availability, integrity, processing, storage and retrieval

Opportunities for Technological Innovation

There are many drivers and barriers for ESI which can present both challenges and opportunities for technological innovation, such as; market incentives, government policy, and industrial infrastructure. Diverse and inter-related factors are also governing the pace of change, including: economic; environmental, socio-political; security; technological advances; behavioural; cultural; and data management capabilities. As a result, taking a holistic approach to technological innovation is key to support ESI.