Systems Integration of Energy Supply and Demand

The RCUK Energy Programme is bringing together engineers and physical scientists from across the energy sector to tackle the research challenges involved in integrating the energy supply, storage, transmission and demand sectors.

The UK is legally committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by at least 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. The energy consumption scenarios produced by DECC for the Low Carbon Transition plan show that a reduction in energy consumption of 26-43% will be required to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon emissions. The UK's energy systems, as a whole, have a large part to play in addressing this reduction.

A scoping workshop was held on 22 May 2015, which concentrated on the integration technologies and approaches required from supply to demand side management to achieve sustainable and efficient energy systems (see Figure 1 below). The role and integration of electricity, gas and heat transmission networks were also considered.

Figure 1: Workshop scope, including electric systems and domestic heating

The outputs from this workshop were fed directly into this call and form the challenges listed in the remit section.

A two stage process will be used to inform the funding decisions. This call seeks outline proposals, which must be received by 16:00 on 24 September 2015. (Please note that this call will not be open in Je-S until Tuesday 01 September 2015). The outline proposals will be assessed at an expert panel to be held in early October 2015. Those judged to have the best potential for success will be invited to submit full proposals.

Up to £5 million is available for this call with EPSRC looking to fund a research centre. The successful proposal must clearly identify how the research will complement and add to existing RCUK Energy Programme investments, in particular the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). Applicants are strongly encouraged to open a dialog with existing RCUK Energy Programme investments before submitting an application.