Bioenergy

Introduction

Transforming the UK energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions, requires informed choices relating to technology development and deployment, investment decision-making, and market and policy development.

Energy Systems Catapult offers technical expertise and insights on Bioenergy from a Whole System perspective to build an evidence base to assess the sustainability of land use change for biomass production in the UK.

The Challenge and Opportunity

Transforming the UK energy system to be clean, secure and affordable, requires innovation across the Whole System from generation, transmission and distribution, to supply and consumption.

The challenge is understanding how technology, market and policy solutions might contribute to the delivery of a clean, secure and affordable energy system, and what actions need to be taken to drive new innovations through to commercial reality.

The recently updated Clockwork and Patchwork future scenarios work, offered two plausible pathways for the UK to meet its 2050 climate targets cost-effectively. It identified bioenergy as economically important to a low carbon transition. This transition can happen without large scale bioenergy but it will be more expensive (potentially up to £200bn).

This report, written by the Energy Systems Catapult on behalf of the ETI,  illustrates the value of bioenergy when combined with carbon capture and storage to deliver negative emissions (the net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere) alongside the production of power or hydrogen.

Our Asset

The Infrastructure and Engineering team offers technical expertise and insights on Bioenergy from a Whole Systems perspective:

  • Bioenergy – our in-house capability is building an evidence base to assess the sustainability of land use change to biomass production in the UK, including modelling tools to identify optimal bioenergy value chains, low carbon energy technologies that deliver carbon savings, and maximising the combination with Carbon Capture and Storage.

Our Approach

Our Infrastructure and Engineering team offers deep specialist knowledge and practical experience in technology development and deployment that considers the technological, engineering, economic, regulatory and policy implications for innovations and investment decisions. This is supported by a range of analytical capability, bespoke tools, technical insights and energy system data that can inform choices relating to technology development and deployment, investment decision-making, and market and policy development.

Our credibility comes from our independence, the quality of our work, and the reputation we have built over the last ten years within the Catapult and formerly at the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

We provide evidence-based guidance to the UK innovation community to help maximise the value of:

  • Innovation assessments for new technologies such as performance and cost characteristics;
  • Technical due-diligence;
  • Innovation management capability to support the progression of technologies towards commercialisation;
  • Providing advice on market positioning;
  • Partnering options.