Chair: Prof. Joe Clarke, University of Strathclyde
Industry Representative: Alan Mortimer, Sgurr Energy
Public Sector Representative: Seonaid Vass, Scottish Enterprise
Energy Systems Session Synopsis
The draft Scottish Energy Strategy proposes “a whole-system view of energy policy” and encourages an integrated approach “in recognition of the interactions and effects that the elements of the energy system have on each other”. This 75 minute session focused on the challenges and opportunities which might need to be addressed to support the transition towards increased energy systems integration.
The session adhered to a two-part format. In Part 1, sectoral perspectives on Energy Systems research and challenges, in light of the draft Scottish Energy Strategy, were presented by three invited speakers: Seonaid Vass (Scottish Enterprise), Alan Mortimer (Wood Group Clean Energy) and Joe Clarke (University of Strathclyde). In Part 2, these speakers were joined by Anna Kynaston (Scottish Government) and Paul Mitchell (ETP Directorate) and a discussion initiated addressing opportunities and mechanisms to enable a whole-system approach to future energy systems integration.
The brief event gave rise to some key messages that may be summarised as follows.
• There is potential to capitalise on existing assets and capabilities, e.g.:
− training and demonstration facilities (PNDC, National HVDC Centre, EMEC);
− the Offshore Renewables and Energy Systems Catapults;
− innovation support (Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, Local Energy Challenge Fund, Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Interface, ETP);
− an extensive clean energy oriented company base; and
− the widely available HEI research expertise.
• There is a need to maintain progress at the strategic level while developing new local energy system solutions, e.g.:
− deploying the most cost-effective technology available, e.g. large-scale wind turbines;
− resolving grid integration challenges through active network management and distributed intelligence;
− electricity/ heat network support from distributed energy storage;
− building/ industry control systems for dynamic energy demand management and demand/ supply matching;
− electrification of heat and transport;
− cost-effective production of hydrogen; and
− incorporation of carbon capture and utilisation into future energy systems at all scales.
• Non-technical innovations will be required, e.g.:
− new business and investment models;
− sectoral integration (heat, water, transport, built environment etc.);
− balancing national and international perspectives;
− consumer engagement/ behavioural change through digital connectivity;
− providing modelling tools for hybrid energy systems options appraisal;
− robust policy formulation through multi-organisation scenario agreement for whole system modelling;
− investment in the skills base (adaptation of UG, PG and CPD courses);
− intelligent systems monitoring and active management at the urban scale; and
− scaling up of supply-chains and technologies.
• There is an expanding role for the HEI sector, e.g.:
– review of technologies and future development scenarios;
– review of policy case studies globally to identify the appropriate approaches for Scotland;
– routine testing and trialling of proposed products and services;
– ensuring technological compatibility, reliability, security and operational flexibility;
– development of procedures and assessment criteria for the cost and performance appraisal of proposals.