The Integrated Development of Low-Carbon Energy Systems (IDLES) is a multi-disciplinary programme of analytical work that spans critical areas of whole energy system analysis to support strategic planning.
The project aims to tackle the issue of the evidence that is used by governments and businesses to formulate their strategies around the long-term evolution of energy systems.
Currently optimisation models for the increasingly complex interactions between electricity, gas, heat and transport systems do not exist. There is therefore a need for detailed analysis and modelling to provide the evidence and guidance need.
Energy futures Lab is planning to address these shortcomings by developing an analysis tool that can:
- Indicate optimal forms of future energy systems;
- Provide policy advice on how the development of the energy system should progress;
- Give insights into the use of the technologies that will support its operation.
IDLES will tackle six key challenges:
- High temporal and spatial resolution for multi-carrier and cross-sectorial energy system modelling;
- Characterisation of new technologies for whole-system modelling;
- Data-driven modelling and decentralised control;
- Resilience and risk management of smart whole-energy systems;
- Incremental versus strategic development of future energy systems;
- Market design: alignment of investors’, customers’ and society objectives.
They are supported by a consortium of world leading experts across several departments at Imperial College London:
- Dr Marko Aunedi, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Dr Seth Flaxman, Department of Mathematics
- Professor Richard Green, Imperial College Business School
- Dr Robert Gross, Centre for Environmental Policy
- Dr Adam Hawkes, Sustainable Gas Institute
- Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise)
- Professor Christos Markides, Department of Chemical Engineering
- Dr Mirabelle Muuls, Imperial College Business School
- Dr Antonio Pantaleo, Department of Chemical Engineering
- Professor John Polak, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Dr Aruna Sivakumar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Dr Iain Staffell, Centre for Environmental Policy
- Professor Wolfram Wiesemann, Imperial College Business School
- Dr Billy Wu, Dyson School of Design Engineering
The programme is being supported by a range industrial partners in all related sectors to ensure that the industrial needs are embedded in the research programme.
- National Grid
- Cisco Systems
- Energy Enterprise and Education Limited
- Greater London Authority
- Informed Actions
- National Centre for Energy Systems Integration
- Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corp
- Upside energy