We work with clients across the energy sector to create and improve energy networks across the power, transport and heat nexus.
Joined-up thinking for all types of energy
As the dividing lines between energy generators, distributors, suppliers and consumers blur, energy networks are becoming increasingly complex. The energy vectors to join supply to demand provide the critical connectivity to enable the smart energy solutions. Our work embraces electrical transmission and distribution, off-grid and microgrid systems, heat networks, gas networks (including natural gas, hydrogen and carbon dioxide) and the data networks that communicate and extract information and intelligence. We have unique understanding of these in the context of integration with urban infrastructure and the future of cities and bring together knowledge of regulatory frameworks, procurement optimisation and technical expertise to achieve solutions for our clients.
We are major partners to the global C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. We are advising on the performance and stability of the European transmission network as the proportion of renewables grows, and have also conducted major studies for Ausgrid on Australia’s eastern power network.
Integrating energy solutions
To be resilient and sustainable, modern energy networks need to be two-way, incorporating distributed as well as centralised energy generation. At Kai Tak in Hong Kong and M’sheireb in Doha, we’ve worked with our clients to develop create efficient district cooling networks for major urban regeneration developments. We’re working with National Grid on electrical interconnectors between UK and mainland Europe to increase network security, cut greenhouse gas emissions through improved cross-border capacity and increase market competition to reduce prices.
By combining our experience in multiple energy sources, different types of networks, tariff structures and emerging market mechanisms we can help you find the most appropriate solution. We provide planning, consenting and environmental expertise to help resolve some of the biggest risks for linear infrastructure such as power transmission and piped gas networks.
This integrated thinking is particularly important for microgrids. Incorporating generation, storage and demand, microgrids are a microcosm of the larger energy network. Working with the UK’s Department for International Development and the EBRD we’re exploring how developing countries can use microgrids to leapfrog, rather than replicate, those energy networks common in developed countries.
We have programme-managed delivery of a new multi-purpose pipeline in South Africa and also National Grid’s London Power Tunnels project.
Looking to the future
UK homes typically have a 3:2:1 ratio for heat:transport:power so it seems unlikely for all of the energy for their heating, cooking and car to come from the electricity network rather than from more clever use of the existing gas network with its advantage of in-built storage. Hydrogen offers one carbon free option and LNG is a lower carbon form of energy. We’ve previously looked at transitional energy and the challenges clients are facing.
Our broader energy market offering
We support clients by bringing specific and cross-sector experience to challenging projects in energy, covering power, heat and transport. Whatever your needs in the complex energy market we are able to bring solutions through our service offerings.
Clients want to take control of their energy consumption through solutions such as microgrids and smart grids. We provide specialist mechanical, electrical, process knowledge and project management skills to integrated these energy systems into a project. We work with clients to provide up-front design scoping and integration, independent owner’s engineer, plus packaging and delivery management.
We provide skills and experience to assist clients with all stages of renewable projects including solar, onshore and offshore wind, marine, biofuels, hydro and geothermal energy. We can support projects from conception and business case through to technical viability and consultancy, to full engineering and asset life extension.
Arup’s in-house energy advisory experts work with clients on feasibility studies, techno-economic modelling and viability assessments to develop business cases, plus guidance through project scoping, procurement, managing stakeholders and commissioning.
We provide clients with high-quality, cost-effective and sustainable solutions from projects initial feasibility through to successful commercial operation. Our multidisciplinary service focuses on energy sector companies engaged in upstream activities from exploration to transmission and distribution.