EPSRC and the Catapult jointly invest in research to enable the future energy transition

Published: 21 April 2017

The Energy Systems Catapult, in collaboration with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has awarded funding to thirteen universities to undertake scoping studies to enable the future energy transition in the UK.

The successful higher education institutions will work on seven projects under the main project area of “Co-dependencies, interdependencies and interoperability of the future energy system”.

The seven projects will investigate a range of challenges that may affect a successful energy transition in the future, including how energy can be transacted differently; big data; use of Whole Energy System Analysis in decision-making across scales; city-scale approaches and; whole systems modelling.

On announcing the successful universities to deliver the project, Nick Smailes, Director of External Relations at the Energy Systems Catapult, said:

“We see working collaboratively with the EPSRC and academia as key in supporting our aims and ongoing programmes. By funding these scoping studies jointly with EPSRC we are looking to build on the excellent body of existing academic research and help develop new knowledge to fill in existing gaps and enable the long-term energy transition.”

Kathryn Magnay, Head of Energy at EPSRC said:

“We are very pleased to be working with the Energy Systems Catapult to commission these exciting scoping studies. The Catapult has a key role to play in the transformation of the UK energy system and, through this collaboration, the Catapult can draw upon research that challenges existing thinking and investigates new options for the UK energy system.”

The thirteen successful universities are: University of Birmingham; University of Strathclyde; University of Edinburgh; Loughborough University; University College London; Cranfield University; Heriot-Watt University; Cardiff University; Imperial College London; Policy Studies Institute; University of Leeds; University of Cambridge and; London Business School. Mr Smailes added:

“We went through a competitive process but I am pleased to say that we will be working with a fantastic group of academic institutions who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the project.”

The scoping studies will report their findings from January 2018 onwards.