Energy Systems Catapult: Future Power System Architecture Project

EIC’s Partners the Energy Systems Catapult and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have unveiled the findings of the Future Power System Architecture (FPSA).

The electricity system is undergoing a period of transformative change. Consumers no longer want it only for switching the lights on and powering household devices, they now increasingly use it for things like heat and powering vehicles. Combined with the prospect of smart cities and community energy schemes, the future of our electricity system looks very different to the present.

The Future Power System Architecture (FPSA) project was commissioned by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and delivered through a collaboration between the Energy Systems Catapult and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Its purpose to assist ministers, officials and industry professionals to anticipate the developments outlined above and assess their impact.

Anything other than taking a proactive approach to these changes could lead to an expensive and inadequate future power system, affecting all aspects of society and industry.

The project report made six key recommendations, highlighting a need to:

  • Align power system architecture developments with major government policy commitments;
  • Create an implementation framework for delivery of 35 new functions identified for the power system;
  • Deepen and extend the functional analysis through further elaboration and refinement of functional requirements;
  • Develop a transition pathway to ensure market mechanisms are maximised and government intervention minimised;
  • Extend the evaluation and identification of R&D and innovation requirements and;
  • Maintain the momentum developed in the FPSA project by formalising and supporting cross-industry and inter-agency working.

The next phase of the project is currently being developed. For more information on the project visit https://es.catapult.org.uk/what-we-do/fpsa/.