Helping clean companies thrive by helping them tackle the hardest challenges on the way to Net Zero

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth.

The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.

Our Mission

To unleash innovation and open new markets to capture the clean growth opportunity.

Strategic Objectives

  1. That it becomes easy and desirable for people to decarbonise their homes
  2. Dozens of local areas have developed robust plans to get to Net Zero (and funding is in place to support the implementation of the plans)
  3. New markets have been introduced to unlock the potential of new technologies in local areas, and decarbonising complex sites has become easy
  4. Digital technology is being integrated into the energy system so it benefits consumers, reduces system costs and facilitates the transition to Net Zero 
  5. Companies and Government adopt a whole system approach to Net Zero, with ESC as a key partner in helping UK businesses grow in the UK and internationally
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The Challenge

The UK has ambitious targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050.

Achieving those targets while improving consumer experiences, will require a significant increase in the amount of innovation in the energy sector. Yet many businesses struggle to test and commercialise new innovations under current market conditions; policymakers face a challenge to understand the risks and opportunities in designing new market arrangements; investors grapple with evaluating returns on assets and innovation, without knowing how future markets will operate; while regulators may struggle to design rules to protect consumers if they don’t know which solutions are viable and will get traction.

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The Opportunity

The Government’s Clean Growth and Industrial Strategies set out the importance of clean growth to the future economic success of the UK.

The transformation of the global energy system over the coming decades is expected to create whole new industries, with the Paris Climate Agreement estimated to require USD$13.5 trillion of investment between 2015 and 2030. Reflecting this opportunity, the UK’s low carbon economy is expected to grow four times faster than the rest of the economy. The energy digitalisation sector alone will be worth £45 billion by 2025 and over £20 billion will need to be invested in electricity networks over the 15 years to upgrade infrastructure to meet the changing energy system.

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What we do

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth.

We have more than 200 staff based in Birmingham and Derby with a variety of technical, commercial and policy backgrounds. We work with innovators from companies of all sizes to develop, test and scale their ideas. We also collaborate with industry, academia and Government to overcome the systemic barriers of the current energy market to help unleash the potential of new products, services and value chains required to achieve the UK’s clean growth ambitions.

Board and Senior Leadership Team

Energy Systems Catapult's board and senior leadership team brings together a wealth of experience from a whole energy system perspective, with commercial, technical and policy expertise from across industry, academia and government.

Nick Winser CBE, FREng

Chairman

Laura Sandys CBE

Non-Executive Director

Philip New

CEO

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Careers

Help us to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth.

Transitioning to a low-carbon energy system to meet the 2050 Net Zero target is one of the most exciting and complex challenges we have ever faced.

Join us to:

  • help solve the most complex problems on the way to Net Zero
  • make an impact on evolving energy sector
  • receive proactive engagement in your personal and professional growth
  • work in a great office space designed to spur creativity

The Catapult team is diverse, friendly and super passionate about making a real impact. If you would like an exciting, rewarding and stimulating career, take a look at our current job opportunities.

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FAQs

What is a Catapult?

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Catapult centres were established and overseen by Innovate UK as a new addition to its range of programmes to stimulate innovation. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

For more information, please visit the Catapult website.

How are Catapults funded?

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In addition to funding received from Innovate UK, direct contracts with UK business form a significant part of the overall funding for the Catapults. The Catapults are also well positioned to secure funding from competitive Collaborative Research and Development (CR&D) grants, including EU funding.

The aim is that, once established, the Catapults will generate their funding broadly equally from three sources:

  1. Business-funded R&D contracts (i.e. contract research) won competitively
  2. Collaboratively applied R&D projects funded jointly by the public and private sector, again won competitively
  3. Core public funding for investment in the capabilities; know how, expertise and skills and long term capital assets of the centre.

Why was Energy Systems Catapult set up?

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Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.

What will Energy Systems Catapult deliver?

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Energy Systems Catapult’s mission is to unleash innovation and open new markets to capture the clean growth opportunity.

Strategic Objectives

  1. Creating demand pull for energy systems innovation by working to remove existing barriers and open new markets for the sector;
  2. Supporting UK innovators to test and commercialise new processes, products, services and business models for the sector;
  3. Connecting UK innovators to international expertise and markets to accelerate routes to export;
  4. Providing greater understanding of the risks and opportunities associated with transitioning to a low carbon energy system.

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