Pilot On Paper: Energy Innovation Simulation

TechFlow’s leading-edge simulation approach develops resilient, efficient and cost-effective energy projects

Pilot On Paper: Energy Innovation Simulation –


  • TechFlow is the only government contractor that uses Pilot on Paper as a core component of energy systems design.
  • Though it is difficult to quantify the potential savings from avoiding the selection and implementation of a less than optimal design, TechFlow has demonstrated that our Pilot on Paper system saves time and money by developing a properly sized and functioning energy project.
  • Modeling and Simulation has been proven to be safer and cheaper than the real world, allows for testing before building, finds unanticipated weaknesses before implementation, and is designed to explore “what if” questions more effectively.


Pilot On Paper: Energy Innovation Simulation


As the U.S. Government and the Department of Defense (DoD) continue to modernize systems and practices, energy has proven to be an essential element of continued innovation – but it comes at a high cost with substantial risk. Many facilities are looking to implement renewable energy sources to increase resiliency onsite. For example, one DoD facility was looking to build an energy storage system to accommodate load shifting – an expensive, but important, undertaking.

So how do you develop a fool-proof energy storage system that is sure to be effective, right-sized and resilient? How do you manage or even eliminate performance risk well before a procurement decision is made? The challenge with complex energy projects is that they require a significant investment of both time and money, and in the end, the result just may not perform as hoped. When all is said and done, you can never be completely sure that a design or system is the right one until it’s been built. Enter: the TechFlow Pilot on Paper initiative.


Energy projects are typically handled as a simple procurement activity. TechFlow challenged that assumption and has developed a new, innovative approach to ensure simple means “it works”.  Instead of force-fitting a procured project onto an existing energy ecosystem, TechFlow has successfully shown that a project can be better defined and designed through modeling and simulation as a core part of the planning process. TechFlow’s solution transforms business as usual to ensure military bases can stay Always Ahead and develop solutions designed with minimal performance risk and future-forward assurance.

Most procurements try to predict which energy system design is best suited for a facility based on a set of ever-shifting requirements – hoping it’s cost-effective, efficient and designed for years to come. TechFlow instead chose to combine its strengths in energy engineering, project implementation, and modeling and simulation to develop and implement an approach that digitizes the environment and builds an energy system virtually. Ultimately, the virtual system serves as a risk mitigation measure that can save customers time and money by uncovering the “unknown” before purchasing a new untested option.

By using modeling and simulation to validate one or many approaches, and the integration of new technologies with existing systems, TechFlow is able to optimize the future physical application of technology before procurement. This avoids expensive and time consuming on the fly design changes often associated with new real-life requirements during typical implementation. With the modeling and simulated system in hand, TechFlow is able to stress test systems virtually to ensure they are able to perform as intended and generate results as forecasted – even under duress. Flexing the model under a variety of scenarios allows TechFlow to pinpoint exactly where a system will perform well, in addition to clearly highlighting where it will need to be further optimized. Financial and physical outcomes of the models encourage a right-size and right-fit solution optimized before installation.

Pilot on Paper’s targeted and efficient management of risk associated with complex energy projects is another example of how TechFlow challenges the routine to design for the future.