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An interdisciplinary research perspective on the future of multi-vector energy networks

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Phil Taylor, Dr Matthew Deakin, Professor Sara Walker



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© 2021 Elsevier Ltd. Understanding the future of multi-vector energy networks in the context of the transition to net zero and the energy trilemma (energy security, environmental impact and social cost) requires novel interdisciplinary approaches. A variety of challenges regarding systems, plant, physical infrastructure, sources and nature of uncertainties, technological in general and more specifically Information and Communication Technologies requirements, cyber security, big data analytics, innovative business models and markets, policy and societal changes, are critically important to ensure enhanced flexibility and higher resilience, as well as reduced costs of an integrated energy system. Integration of individual energy networks into multi-vector entities opens a number of opportunities, but also presents a number of challenges requiring interdisciplinary perspectives and solutions. Considering drivers like societal evolution, climate change and technology advances, this paper describes the most important aspects which have to be taken into account when designing, planning and operating future multi-vector energy networks. For this purpose, the issues addressing future architecture, infrastructure, interdependencies and interactions of energy network infrastructures are elaborated through a novel interdisciplinary perspective. Aspects related to optimal operation of multi-vector energy networks, implementation of novel technologies, jointly with new concepts and algorithms, are extensively discussed. The role of policy, markets and regulation in facilitating multi-vector energy networks is also reported. Last but not least, the aspects of risks and uncertainties, relevant for secure and optimal operation of future multi-vector energy networks are discussed.

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Author(s): Taylor PC, Abeysekera M, Bian Y, Cetenovic D, Deakin M, Ehsan A, Levi V, Li F, Oduro R, Preece R, Taylor PG, Terzija V, Walker SL, Wu J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems

Year: 2022

Volume: 135

Print publication date: 01/02/2022

Online publication date: 20/08/2021

Acceptance date: 05/08/2021

Date deposited: 19/10/2021

ISSN (print): 0142-0615

ISSN (electronic): 1879-3517

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.ijepes.2021.107492


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