Design optimisation of hybrid renewable energy systems

Impact: Economic Impacts, Other Impacts

Description of impact

A novel design tool developed at the University of Aberdeen has been used around the world to enable optimal, user-centred design of hybrid renewable energy installations that meet local needs. The tool uses ‘multi-objective optimisation’ to allow both system developers and customers to contribute to solutions for renewable energy systems (comprising two or more energy sources) at the design stage. The design tool improves performance prediction by providing increased transparency, leading to increased end-user confidence. The work has led to improved, user-centred designs supporting customers in the UK and Jordan, addressed the needs of disadvantaged, off-grid communities in both Turkey and Malaysia, and enabled the development and production of mobile, affordable water makers in sub-Saharan Africa and India.


One of the key issues facing the renewables market, specifically design and installation of HRES has been the lack of consideration around end-user design and ultimately user requirements. Since 2016, Maheri has focussed on developing a user-centric design, which caters to the end user needs and takes into account the user’s financial constraints. MOHRES, developed at the University of Aberdeen has underpinned the development of made-to-measure energy systems that are designed with direct input from the end user, ensuring that the resultant HRES can feasibly meet the demands and mitigate the cost for the customer.
Impact statusImpact Completed (Open)
Impact date20152020
Category of impactEconomic Impacts, Other Impacts


  • Renewable Energy
  • Engineering
  • Technological