A socio-technical perspective to flexible design of energy infrastructure systems

Yeshambel Melese, Rob Stikkelman, Paulien Herder

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Abstract

Systems engineering is the dominant approach for designing flexibility in infrastructure systems. However, the approach merely focuses on physical elements of the system as 'objects of design', whereas hardly any attention is given to the institutional structures (e.g. contracts) required to realize the system. In this paper, the conceptual gaps of systems engineering approach when it comes to infrastructure systems design is discussed. As a way to address these conceptual gaps a theoretical framework that integrates the technical/engineering perspective and the actor/institutional perspective is proposed. The framework promotes design procedures for integrating flexibility, not only in the technical elements of the system but also in the institutional structures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages4669-4674
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509018970
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2016 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 9 Oct 201612 Oct 2016

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2016
CountryHungary
CityBudapest
Period9/10/1612/10/16

Keywords

  • Engineering systems
  • Flexibility
  • Infrastructure systems
  • Systems engineering

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