The Catapult aims to help the creation of a clean, intelligent energy system for the UK and has been set up in response to growing awareness of the need to take a whole systems approach to the challenge of transforming the UK’s energy sector, affordably and securely. A successful transformation of the UK energy system will demand technology innovation and will create commercial opportunities. The Catapult will support UK business in capturing these opportunities.
The delivery plan looks at the key drivers of radical change in the energy industry – including the challenges of decarbonisation, an ageing infrastructure, an emergence of new technologies, security of supply and shifts in societal expectations, all of which force a rethink in how energy is supplied, managed and consumed.
The plan goes on to detail, and make the case for, the need to take a whole energy system approach to deliver an energy transformation in the UK, which the Catapult is aiming to shape through three core activities:
- Whole system analysis: The Catapult will build a deep knowledge of the energy system to help decision-making and convene consensus on the direction of travel for the energy sector as well as innovation priorities.
- Accelerating commercialisation: The Catapult will understand the help innovators need to be able to successfully take their innovation to market, such as: consumer insights, alternative business models, collaboration and knowledge exchange, how to connect with the system and interventions to overcome commercial barriers. It will also encourage new entrants and SMEs.
- Testing and demonstration: The Catapult will build capability to allow technical and commercial innovations to be tested, from virtual simulation through to large-scale multi-vector real world demonstration environments for new technologies, products and services.
Philip New, the Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult said:
“The unveiling of our delivery plan is a key milestone in the development of the Catapult. Taking a whole systems approach is necessary if the substantial benefits of transforming the UK energy system and the many opportunities for UK businesses are to be captured. But we are under no illusions – to deliver our plan successfully we will need to collaborate across the sector with Government, industry, academia and consumers, and help a stronger sense of consensus on the priorities for energy emerge. I’m pleased to say we have started doing that, and I look forward to the Catapult continuing to work with all our stakeholders in the coming weeks, months and years.”
Nick Winser CBE, the Chairman of the Energy Systems Catapult also commented:
“We have come a long way in our first 12 months and I am really pleased to be unveiling the five-year delivery plan at our official launch. The plan sets out where we need to be and how we aim to get there in partnership with the energy industry.
“We have some excellent speakers lined up for our launch who will provide a mix of comments, viewpoints and insights to an audience of 300 or so delegates from across the industry. It will be a fantastic event.”
The details of the delivery plan will be unveiled at the launch of the Catapult on Monday 9th May. Key speakers at the event include Nick Winser CBE, Chairman of the Energy Systems Catapult; Philip New, Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult; Sir David King, Special Representative for Climate Change and; Matthew Bell, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change.