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Energy System Design

Energy System Design

An integrated approach to creating sustainable new energy systems.

To design sustainable energy technology that meets the needs of its users, you need to look at the bigger picture. At the Centre for Energy, we take a holistic approach to creating energy systems that drive real improvements for society.

The issue

Modern energy systems are made up of a variety of different components which vary in scale, from the atomic level right through to nuclear reactors, and across many vectors, from chemical to electrical.

Too often, these components are designed without thorough knowledge of the wider energy systems they need to integrate with, or proper understanding of the associated technical thresholds. In most cases, the way in which they are designed also lacks insight with regards to value streams and the markets the end products will be created for.

What results is an energy system that simply doesn’t work as effectively as it should.

Our approach to energy system design

To assess the performance of an energy system effectively, it needs to be considered as a complete system, rather than looking at individual components. In particular, it’s important to look at the interaction between components, as this can provide insights that would be impossible to obtain if components were studied individually.

At the Centre for Energy, we adopt a radically different, integrated design approach in order to achieve breakthroughs in performance and improve cost efficiency. This involves a multidisciplinary and truly collaborative way of working with organisations, with a systems-based approach to design, from inception to production and validation. Every component is designed with consideration given to how it will work alongside the other components, and to its intended use in the wider energy system.

Through this approach, we aim to create new energy systems that can provide cleaner, more sustainable energy that benefits society.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to know more about our work designing new energy systems, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss this further.