Success leads to Phase Two of the Smart Systems and Heat programme for the Catapult

Published: 20 June 2017

Energy Systems Catapult has been awarded a £9.8m grant from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to deliver Phase Two of the Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) project.

The Catapult has been successfully delivering Phase One of the programme as a supplier to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) since Autumn 2015. The ETI originated programme, which was launched in 2012, aims to create decarbonised future-proof and economic local heating solutions for the UK by connecting together the understanding of consumer needs and behaviour with the development and integration of technologies and new business models to implement future changes in heat provision in the UK.

The aim of Phase Two of the programme is to inform effective pathways to the decarbonisation of heat provision in UK domestic dwellings by developing and piloting a range of tools in real homes and towns across the UK. Phase Two will demonstrate how widespread market deployment of low-carbon heating technologies could be achieved and will provide a “proof of concept”, which demonstrates how tools and approaches developed in Phase 1 can be rolled out to consumers.

Philip New, Chief Executive of the Catapult commented:

“This is very welcome. It is a reflection of Energy Systems Catapult’s growing track record in delivering challenging and innovative programmes that have impact on some of the most intractable questions in the transformation of the energy system. Phase Two will see our team working with others, building the foundations for innovative energy service business models, encouraging a new generation of energy service providers and testing new offers for British households.”

Announcing the Grant Award at the Rushlight Summer Showcase in London today (June 20th, 2017), Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Claire Perry said:

“The UK Government is committed to leading the world in delivering clean energy technology and today’s investment shows that we are prepared to support innovation in this critical area.

“Our aim is for the UK to be a global leader in innovation, science and research and our Industrial Strategy will help us to deliver our ambitious CO2 reduction targets while creating jobs and opportunities for people across the country.”

For SSH2, the Catapult will receive a grant from BEIS and will also provide some core funding to support the programme.

Phase Two will see the Catapult working with Distribution Network Operators and Gas Distribution Operators, as well as working more closely with local authorities. During this phase of the programme, the Catapult will also be open to working closely with new Energy Service Providers (ESPs) and Device Providers

Denis Richard, Head of Programme Delivery at the Catapult commented:

“The team has been working closely with the ETI over the last 18 months to ensure the programme delivers against Phase One outputs. As part of Phase Two, we really want to support the development of new energy service offerings, through collaboration and testing across the industry. The programme will provide the foundation for testing, at scale, the industry’s new business models.”

The Catapult is aiming to report its findings from SSH2 in the winter of 2018.