Local Energy System Modelling

To transform the UK energy system to meet Net Zero carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions, it is crucial to understand the costs and benefits of different technologies, system designs and decarbonisation pathways.

Energy Systems Catapult offers expertise in local energy system modelling and analysis local, which takes a whole system perspective, considering the complex interactions of power, gas, heat, and transport and the different ways in which our energy might be supplied, managed and consumed in the future.

The Challenge and Opportunity

Transforming the UK energy system to be clean, secure and affordable, requires an in-depth understanding of the costs and benefits of different options and choices from a whole system perspective, to aid policy and investment decisions.

Whole systems modelling and analysis is used to understand how the entire UK energy system, and the constituent parts within it, might interact and collectively contribute to delivering lowest-cost overall energy system transitions. By looking at the whole system, a collaborative environment can be encouraged where innovations progress more quickly from prototype to marketplace, which itself promotes economic benefits.

Our Modelling Assets

Energy Systems Catapult has pioneered the development of Local Area Energy Planning to help inform and support local authorities, distribution network operators, business and communities to plan for a cost-effective low carbon transition.

  • EnergyPath® Networks (EPN) – tool takes a whole systems approach to understand the unique characteristics of the local area including the type of building stock, heating technologies, existing energy networks, electrification of cars, as well as local spatial constraints and opportunities.
  • Local Energy Asset Representation (LEAR) – tool provides a visual representation of local energy assets, using modelling, data analysis and aspects of machine learning. LEAR pulls together information on energy generation, storage and distribution assets, social factors like fuel poverty and characteristics like building types and local geography. It enables planners and innovators to strategically decide how they might deploy and grow low carbon businesses.

Our Approach

The Modelling team can offer:

  • Whole System Modelling and Analysis – providing an understanding of energy systems from a national and regional level, to reveal the most cost-effective transition pathway to a smarter, lower carbon, decentralised and flexible energy system. We collaborate with academic and industry partners, to gain access to a range of software-based energy system planning and modelling tools.
  • Project development and delivery – using whole system modelling and analysis outputs to help decision-makers put strategies and action plans together for different transition pathways available, including economic benefits and the latest innovations.
  • Expert advice and collaboration – to promote greater cohesion across the sector, by actively encouraging businesses, policymakers, regulators and investors to take a whole system perspective.