Complex Systems Engineering: Designing in sociotechnical systems for the energy transition

J.A. Moncada Escudero, G.D.C. Nava Guerrero, Esther Park Lee, O. Okur, S. T. Chakraborty, Z. Lukszo

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The EU has set ambitious targets for an energy transition. While research often focuses on technology, institutions or actors, a transition requires complex coordination and comprehensive analysis and design. We propose a framework accounting for technology, institutions and actors' perspective to design in socio-technical systems. We present its application, firstly, to biodiesel production in Germany; secondly, to vehicle-to-grid contracts in a Car as a Power Plant microgrid. We show how using the framework as the core in modelling can contribute to the performance improvement of these systems. Future work will elaborate on the next generation of thermal energy systems, coordination control of microgrids and implementing flexibility through demand response aggregation. Overall, designing solutions to the problems described calls for comprehensive engineers who look beyond the technical design and deal with multi actor socio-political processes including institutional consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1
JournalEAI Endorsed Transactions on Energy Web
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Complex-adaptive systems
  • Design
  • Energy transition
  • Framework
  • Operation
  • Performance
  • Socio-technical systems


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