Energy Systems Integration – a global innovation challenge

Our energy system is very complex. It includes not only renewable, nuclear, and fossil energy sources but also electrical, thermal, and fuel energy pathways that convert, store and deliver energy services at different physical scales. It also includes the aspects of energy consumption and use.

The Integration of various energy sources and vectors in the energy system is a practical challenge with important contributions to security of supply. This opportunity has been also highlighted and became one of priorities of the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap.

Energy systems integration (ESI) enables the effective analysis, design, and control of the interactions and interdependencies among the pathways and across the physical scales of the energy system taking into account technical, economic, regulatory, and social dimensions. By focusing on the optimisation of energy systems across multiple pathways and scales, we can better understand and make use of potential benefits that increase security of supply, reliability and performance, reduce cost, and minimize environmental impacts.

The objective of the workshop is to highlight the complementarity of this research area compared with smart grids and storage. Links with open calls under Horizon 2020 (LCE 21) may also be explored. Furthermore, it aims at exploring the added value of the cooperation with international partners.

25/06/2014
From 16:45 to 18:30
Brussels, Belgium
Charlemagne, Jenkins
Conference
European Commission/DG RTD

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