Energy Revolution Integration Service

Developing smart and integrated energy systems is crucial to transforming the UK energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions.

The UK Government is investing in research and industry to develop future smart energy systems through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER). This challenge will help businesses to expand local energy approaches and by the early 2020s, aims to prove that smarter local energy systems can deliver cleaner and cheaper energy services.

Energy Systems Catapult is playing a central role within PFER through the Energy Revolution Integration Service (ERIS), providing expert guidance and support to selected projects, as well as collaborative opportunities for shared learning. The ERIS vision is:

“to harness the PFER programme to enhance the business case for smart local energy systems as a pathway to decarbonisation through helping key stakeholders overcome barriers.”

ERIS was created as part of PFER to:

  • Help prevent design and demonstration projects falling into the “valley of death” typically experienced by technology demonstration programmes that address technological integration challenges
  • Identify and help PFER Projects resolve wider system issues such as consumer engagement, policy and regulatory alignment, data and communications interoperability, etc.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing with the PFER participants and the wider system stakeholders generate evidence-based insight reports to inform decision makers
  • Provide whole system integration services to the PFER design and demonstration projects

Read about the Catapult’s role in prospering from the energy revolution and our hopes for the programme in this Innovate UK blog.

The Challenge

PFER will bring together businesses who, working with local stakeholders and the best research and expertise, will develop and demonstrate new approaches to provide cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy to consumers. These solutions will link low-carbon power, heating and transport systems with clean energy storage and advanced IT to create intelligent, local energy generation systems and services.

The government is investing up to £102.5 million in industry and researchers to develop smart systems that can support the global move to renewable energy. These include projects that deliver concept and detailed designs or practical demonstrations of new business models that intelligently link supply, storage and demand in heating, power and transport.

  1. Smart local energy systems: demonstrators
  2. Smart local energy systems: concepts and designs
  3. Smart local energy systems: detailed designs

The Solution

In collaboration with our stakeholders, the Catapult is developing tools and methodologies that can help projects move closer to real-world implementation of concepts and demonstrators.

ERIS is drawing on the Catapult’s strong portfolio of Capabilities, Assets and highly skilled people to fulfil its vision and help drive the PFER programme and projects forward.

We are providing a consistent and coherent analysis of the maturity, risks and benefits of the smart local energy systems and as the programme progresses, we are also capturing lessons and insights from the programme, making these accessible to those who can influence change. Our main activities include:

  • Providing PFER projects with tools and approaches to help de-risk their projects, including ways to assess a project’s readiness to integrate with the energy system, and support to design, test and demonstrate ideas and solutions
  • Providing a common language and framework for system thinking in an energy context, to support communication across the PFER programme, provide a coherent approach to exploring common barriers to innovation and to embed whole system awareness
  • Developing tools and approaches to provide assurance that projects can meet PFER energy-related objectives, to evaluate the Smart Local Energy Systems in relation to each other and the whole energy system; and to provide an early assessment of supply chains
  • Supporting access to common datasets and services, help projects audit and improve the quality of data for use in whole system models, and support secure data sharing within the programme
  • Communicating learning from the programme to key stakeholders by delivering independent, objective insight reports on key themes from the PFER programme

As a separate and additional offering, we are also offering sub-contract services to bidders; these may be built into projects as requested.

News and Comment


More than 75% of local authorities in the UK have declared a climate emergency, with most targeting Net Zero before 2050. allows local people to vote for their zero carbon preferences – such as heating and transport – developed with support from the Prospering from the Energy Revolution project in Greater Manchester.

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Ditch sporadic funding and unleash financial muscle for local energy transition

New report calls for local decarbonisation strategies to be made a statutory obligation and net zero powers devolved to local authorities to meet the world’s most ambitious climate change target.

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Scaling up investment in Smart Local Energy Systems

One of the key global investment trends identified in a recent publication by BloombergNEF has been the record growth of sustainable finance. Covid-19 has influenced this market as there is a clear drive to build back greener and fairer to support economic recovery.  

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Lack of data access and skills will impact local authorities’ response to climate emergency

Working with local authorities to develop Smart Local Energy Systems, the ERIS team has identified the need to improve data access, availability and the skills needed to process data to inform investment and planning decisions.

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Reports and Insights

Energy Revolution Integration Service is delivering a range out outputs to enhance the business case for smart local energy systems.


Place-based Innovation: How can Smart Local Energy Projects and Innovative Planning Support Net Zero?

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User Acceptance of Smart Local Energy Systems: Key insights on public opinion

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Benchmarking User Experience: In Innovative Energy Products and Services

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Enabling Smart Local Energy Systems: Finance and Investment

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Energy White Paper: What it means for Smart Local Energy Systems

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Enabling Smart Local Energy Systems: Social housing opportunities

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