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Energy networks

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.

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Global contact

  • Alan Thomson
  • Global Energy Networks Leader

Explore our work

Limeburner Lane susbstation modernisation. Image credit MAKE Architecture.

Project: Limeburner Lane substation modernisation

Architecture and engineering for redesign of a gas insulated switchgear substation.

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Offshore power generation due diligence.

Project: Offshore power transmission due diligence (OFTO)

Assessment of tenders for UK offshore renewable energy transmission licences.

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Heart of Doha substation

Project: Heart of Doha substation

Qatar's first fully-underground substation.

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Campaign: Lower-carbon energy: the future is now

Transitioning to lower-carbon energy sources is underway

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