Power Systems Engineer

Energy Systems Catapult

  • Full Time

To apply for this job please visit es.catapult.org.uk.

Salary: Up to 45k + Benefits

Status: Permanent /Full-time strongly preferable (however can potentially be flexible)

About us

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.

During lockdown, we have been working remotely and as we begin to focus more on the future, we intend to embrace a new refreshing way to utilise our office in Birmingham City Centre . As a consequence we are developing a flexible approach to the workplace , which ensures we keep some of the benefits of home working whilst enabling the Catapult to operate efficiently, this hybrid way of working may result in the majority of us working from home for a good chunk of the time, merging the best bits of both office and home working.

The Opportunity 

We are currently looking for a power systems engineer to join our Power Systems Practice team to provide expertise to the work of ESC on both the role played by power systems today and how this will need to change in the future at network and behind the meter levels, to manage the need for more electricity generation, transmission and distribution capacity. This will be based on our current thinking built on the Future Power System Architecture (FPSA) project.

Your focus area’s will include, but not limited to, the role of electricity networks in the journey towards Net Zero, the future role of flexibility on both the supply and demand side, renewable energy sources integration challenges (such as offshore wind) and also the system implications of deploying electric vehicles/heat pumps. You will be actively involved in creating innovation proposals for different funding opportunities including Network Innovation Competitions (NIC) and Network Innovation Allowance (NIA). The post-holder will support the work of other ESC’s programmes and platforms, where the power systems is relevant.

In addition to your day to day activities, you will have the opportunity to work on asset development activities to enhance ESC’s power systems simulation capabilities including operability challenges and techno economic and cost benefit assessments. The role will require you to be involved in preparing responses to consultations, briefing for senior staff and representing the ESC to external stakeholders as required.

In the longer term, it is anticipated that ESC staff will need to develop multi-vector skills to be able to comment on, for example, how the electricity and gas systems will interact in the future. Your technical knowledge and forward-looking thinking around Net Zero will be essential in order to deliver results and insights for different stakeholders, including central government, incumbent organisations in the energy sector, and innovators, both in the UK and internationally.

The role reports to the Practice Manager – Power Systems within the Systems Integration Team.

Responsibilities 

Supporting the Practice Manager – Power Systems in different projects and activities.

Contributing subject matter expertise to projects and/or leading work packages as required, working with multi-disciplinary teams in ESC and/or external partners.

Developing ESC’s view on a range of issues associated with planning and operation of power systems including:

  • Renewable energy integration challenges in the UK and international markets including system operational issues such as frequency, reserve and inertia
  • Applying power systems economics logic and cost benefit analysis to analyse the role of flexibility including storage, hydrogen and demand side-flexibility in network investment deferral and operational planning
  • Active management of the distribution networks
  • Investigating the role of AI and digitalisation in power sector
  • The desirable makeup of the national plant portfolio and the mechanisms to support its realisation
  • Managing the interface with connected systems such as gas networks or neighbouring electricity networks
  • Forming a “best view” of the future state of the system to use as a basis for analysis
  • Using smart grid to maximise the utilisation of network assets and facilitate the deployment of low carbon technologies such as demand side flexibility, battery storage, electric vehicles and heat pumps
  • Ensuring that emergency procedures are developed appropriately as the system develops
  • Monitoring the trends/emerging risks on the power systems
  • Identifying the future role of power systems in the Net Zero journey both at transmission and distribution levels
  • Support thought leadership pieces around the electricity market and the network charges developments needed to support the effective operation of the power systems
  • Pro-active involvement in creating innovation proposal for different funding opportunities including NIC/NIA
  • Involvement in asset development activities
  • Preparing briefing material, consultation responses, material for other projects as required
  • Broadening personal skill set to support the ESC in handling cross vector issues and enhancing business models for emerging technologies

What credentials are we ideally looking for? 

Proven experience of planning/studying/operating power systems on an electricity transmission or distribution network. Deep technical understanding of network charges would be advantageous.

Degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant engineering discipline (Electrical Engineering, Power Systems). Research experience (PhD, Post-Doctoral or equivalent) would be advantageous.

Experience of performing analysis/research using power systems tools (e.g. IPSA, DIgSILENT PowerFactory or similar).

Familiar with power systems economics and performing analysis/research using techno-economic tools (e.g. Plexos, or similar) would be advantageous.

Experience with supporting or leading development of innovative proposals for submissions to external organisations, and delivering projects to external customers, e.g. NIA and NIC projects.

Very strong ability to gather evidence, conceptualise new ideas, think differently, perform analysis, and think “outside the box” with desire to challenge the status quo when considering issues with the power systems, leading to clear and meaningful insights and recommendations.

Excellent technical communication, both written and verbal and the ability to translate complexity into a digestible form for non-experts.

Experience of programming or developing scripts to automate data processing and analysis. Familiarity with Python, VBA, MATLAB/Simulink, and in general the role of AI in power systems would be advantageous but not essential.

Ability to take ownership of work whilst collaborating with colleagues in a matrix structure or with people from outside of the ESC.

Willingness to grow knowledge into related vectors such as natural gas or hydrogen and emerging technologies such as storage, digital technologies, and electric vehicles.

Ability to work with abstract requirements and develop them to actionable plans.

Supportive, positive and constructive attitude to interactions with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders.

Focused and able to deliver against tight deadlines.

Would you like to Apply?

The closing date for applications is Thursday 5th August 2021

Please note that at this time we are unable to provide UK visa sponsorship.

Energy Systems Catapult undertakes innovative and exciting work that will help shape the future of energy, with this in mind we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible, as we do reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

(Strictly No Agencies).

“We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.”

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