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Energy systems

Energy generation, transmission and demand brings benefits such as greater efficiency, sustainability and affordability.

We bring integrated thinking to energy systems

We are involved from conception of a project working on design scoping and integration through to the role of independent owner’s engineer. Our technical consultants also advise on packaging, project management, delivery and operational management. We work across the core energy market with clients looking to invest in power generation, renewable power, energy from waste, electricity transmission and distribution, gas networks and energy storage solutions.

We have specialists with expertise in the various system technologies who are close to the emerging trends allowing us to understand how these are assembled and integrated into projects and energy systems.

The right solutions

Energy generation is now moving closer to the end user with corporate organisations such as technology firms now becoming their own supplier. This coupled with a network that can respond quickly to changes in demand or supply improves efficiency and resilience resulting in distributed energy systems gaining popularity globally. We work with clients combining our expertise in digital technology to overcome future system challenges associated with the energy vectors of power, heat and transport to develop bespoke innovative solutions.

Microgrids are revolutionising energy systems for major users and for those in remote locations. Incorporating energy storage now allows organisations to make the most of renewable energy sources although there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The combination of appropriate energy infrastructure solutions with these latest systems is the future for the rapidly developing energy market.

Global experience

Our energy system experts support critical projects around the world, we are well positioned to work with a range of clients including energy operators and utility providers, large corporations, new technology, industry bodies and research funds. This is one of the most exciting areas to be in as the market dynamics continue to change and evolve.

In the UK we have worked closely with National Grid to provide project management and specialist technical services for the London Power Tunnels project, their largest-ever programme of works involving replacing the high-voltage transmission network to future-proof London and permit more renewables into the capital’s energy mix.

Energy systems as part of a broader market offering

Our Energy systems offering fits with two other services lines – Energy advisory and Energy structures – forming our business activities in the Energy market. We are active across the core energy markets.

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Global contact

  • Alan Thomson
  • Global Energy Systems Leader
  • Doug Nordham

    Brian Raine

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    Americas Region Board Member, Houston Group Leader

    Your best solution to date?

    Energía Costa Azul LNG Receival Terminal, Baja California, Mexico.

    Why is it significant?

    An efficient marine terminal solution allowing LNG carrier access to an exposed coastal environment.

    Your particular skill?

    Bringing together a range of engineering solutions for complex energy projects.


    Innovative solutions with a focus on constructability.

    Why Arup?

    Freedom of thought and collaboration with bright driven people.

    Anything else?

    Fascinated with the emerging energy supply challenges and opportunities for engineers and society generally.

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Explore our work

An image showing how microgrids will be designed and placed in new towns.

Project: Balancing urban microgrids in future planned communities

Working together with University of Greenwich on innovative microgrid research.

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PeakSmart system architecture. Credit Arup.

Project: Tallahassee Automated Demand Response Program

One of the most comprehensive energy-saving city government programmes in the US.

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Aerial view of the LACCD project site

Project: LACCD battery storage

Assessing energy storage technologies for the Los Angeles Community College District

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