Wednesday 13 May 2020

How can a flexible energy system help deliver net zero?

How can a flexible energy system help deliver net zero?

How can a flexible energy system help deliver net zero?

Carbon Trust and Imperial College are leading a new cross-sector consortium project to find the answer to this question - they plan to conduct in-depth analysis based on modelling, research and stakeholder interviews to investigate how different sources of flexibility across the heat, transport and power sectors can accelerate decarbonisation and reduce overall system costs.

This work will also explore the business models required to deliver an integrated flexible system, with findings expected to be published in early 2021.

Consortium members include Bryt Energy, EDF Energy, the Greater London Authority, the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers, SBM Offshore, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, SP Energy Networks, Statera Energy, UK Power Networks, and Western Power Distribution.

Andrew Lever, Director at the Carbon Trust, said: “Significant action and investment are required to transition our energy system to help achieve net zero emissions for the UK economy by 2050. As the focus moves towards the decarbonisation of heat and transport sectors, it is essential that new sources of flexibility are explored to ensure the shift to net zero is achieved at lowest cost.

“This update to our previous work aims to create a robust evidence base that energy system stakeholders and policymakers can use to plan and invest confidently and efficiently. We are delighted that it is being supported by such a large number of organisations across the energy sector and beyond.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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