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Interoperability is the ability of a product or system to cooperate with other products or systems to share resources. Interoperability can be achieved through standards, conventions, voluntary agreements and/or agreed conventions. It is not necessarily about defining technical specifications and mandating specific protocols, etc.

In Energy Systems, the drive towards interoperability is to ensure that technology, businesses and services are compatible with one another; such that, where feasible and appropriate, any consumer can use any of their appliances, with any service provider or retailer to access any service.

An Introduction to Interoperability in the Energy Sector.pdf  (661.68 kB)

Interoperability is seen by many in the energy sector as key to unlocking flexibility services. However, the word interoperability is often used narrowly to describe the compatibility between interfacing pieces of technology. For example, when asking, “Is my smart device compatible with my smart-home controller?” we think about whether the device and controller are interoperable.


Energy Systems Catapult has produced this paper that argues interoperability should be considered more broadly. Understanding its wider implications will be essential if the energy system and consumers of energy are to benefit from the potential of digitisation.


Interoperability is the ability of a product or system to cooperate with other products or systems to share resources. The term is suitable for a wide range of uses and this paper explores 19 different types of interoperability within energy sectors.


This report provides clarity on the different uses of the term interoperability, discusses the types of interoperability which must be considered to deliver demand-side flexibility and provides case studies which illustrate the practical need to consider the different elements in context with each other. Furthermore, evidence for taking a systematic approach for products and services is provided, which highlights the need to think about multiple forms of interoperability simultaneously.


The 19 types of interoperability have been grouped into six areas to simplify the debate, however the full descriptions are included in the report since the challenges with each type will need to be considered carefully and may require different approaches to solve.

Enabling Domestic Interoperability.pdf  (3.25 MB)

Decarbonising heat is the biggest challenge the UK faces in terms of transforming the energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions.


Energy Systems Catapult is delivering the UK’s largest smart, consumer-focused project aimed at overcoming the barriers to the decarbonisation of residential heat – the Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) programme.


Interoperability is the ability of a product or system to cooperate with other products or systems to share resources. Interoperability can be achieved through standards, conventions, voluntary agreements and/or agreed conventions. It is not necessarily about defining technical specifications and mandating specific protocols, etc.


In Energy Systems, the drive towards interoperability is to ensure that technology, businesses and services are compatible with one another; such that, where feasible and appropriate, any consumer can use any of their appliances, with any service provider or retailer to access any service.​

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