Innovation is crucial to transforming the UK energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions.
Energy Systems Catapult has created a Major Programmes team to work with industry, academia, and national and local government, to deliver complex innovation programmes and projects focused on the transformation of the energy system.
The Challenge and Opportunity
For the UK to deliver Net Zero emission targets while achieving our clean growth ambitions, it is crucial that the UK energy sector overcomes systemic barriers and open new markets to deliver the innovative products, services and value chains required.
The Major Programmes team is working collaboratively across the sector with industry, academia and public sector partners to scope, develop, identify funding and deliver innovation projects and programmes with a focus on:
- Decarbonisation of domestic and non-domestic buildings
- Development of Energy as a Service applications
- Delivery of targeted retrofit measures for low carbon heating
- Decarbonising new build homes
- Energy systems integration (connected homes, heat and EV)
- Application of aggregation, digitalisation as an enabler for flexibility exploitation.
The Major Programmes team acts as a centre of excellence for the delivery of large, complex, innovative, multi-capability decarbonisation programmes and projects on time and on budget.
We take a creative approach to overcoming barriers to innovation; acting where existing markets are not achieving decarbonisation goals and focus on solutions that can be scaled up to have a national impact.
We have a proven track record of leading complex consortia, using an agile approach to manage the uncertainty related to innovation, while calling upon the specialist, expert capabilities of the wider Energy Systems Catapult to support innovation across the energy system.
Since 2015, Energy Systems Catapult has been responsible for the delivery of the national Smart Systems and Heat programme. We have built a deep understanding of consumer needs and how to harness low carbon solutions to decarbonise heat. The programme led to the development of tools and capabilities to help industry, local authorities and policymakers.
Through our collaborations with industry and government partners, we have shown how our programme and project management expertise can help to deliver real impacts.
Other examples include district heat, demand-side response and fuel poverty projects co-funded by ERDF, Innovate UK and the Welsh Government, ranging from £20k to multi-million-pound programmes.