National Centre for Energy Systems Integration

Abram - DUR

Professor Abram

Department of Anthropology, Durham University

Project Title

Control Rooms of the Future: Coordinating Supply and Demand in Integrated Energy Systems

Principle Investigator:

Professor Abram        Durham University

Project Team:

Dr Silvast                  Durham University

Project Partners:

Northern Gas Networks
Northern Powergrid

Project Summary

Current systems for balancing energy supply and demand facing challenges from technological and system changes, including automation, smart grids, system integration, distributed power etc. This project investigates the resultant challenges for control-room integration in a changing institutional and operational context. These include the need to balance supply and demand across different energy vectors, workplace challenges for control room operators who are used to working only with one system, and broader institutional questions of responsibility, accountability, and governance that currently follow sector-specific logics and priorities.

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