Independent and technology-agnostic, whole systems approach to accelerating clean innovations to market and tackling the hardest challenges on the way to Net Zero

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Engineering an end to emissions

Energy Systems Catapult offer world class systems engineering, working with government, regulators, industry, academia and innovators to overcome barriers and navigate the transition to Net Zero.

We take a whole systems approach, considering the complex interactions of electricity, gas, heat, hydrogen, bioenergy and liquid fuels and the different ways in which our energy might be produced, stored, distributed and consumed for buildings, transport, industry and other uses in the future at the national, regional, local and individual level.

Our Infrastructure and Engineering team offering specialist knowledge and practical experience in technology development and deployment, considering the technological, engineering, economic, regulatory and policy implications for innovations and investment decisions.

What we offer

Technology development and deployment

We provide evidence-based guidance to the UK innovation community to help maximise the value of:

  • Innovation assessments for new technologies, such as performance and cost characteristics
  • Technical due-diligence
  • Innovation management capability to support the progression of technologies towards commercialisation
  • Market positioning and partnering options to accelerate innovations towards commercialisation
  • Techno-economic analysis to assess the competitiveness of technologies and associated innovations in decarbonised future energy systems.

Supporting market and policy development

Our independent, whole systems approach can help develop market and policy frameworks that support new technologies deployed to optimise integration, deliver new services and value streams using multiple energy-vectors (electricity, heat, gas, hydrogen, etc).

Our areas of expertise

Energy Systems Catapult offers engineering expertise, technical insights and practical experience, supported by unique tools and data.

Bioenergy

Building evidence and insight from a whole system perspective to assess the sustainability of land use change for biomass production in the UK

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Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage

Building evidence and insight of the infrastructure requirements and opportunities available for CCUS application in the UK.

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Energy Storage

Assessing the impact of new technologies, developing and adapting infrastructure strategies and examining interactions between energy storage and other flexibility.

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Hydrogen

Building evidence for decision-making on infrastructure needs for hydrogen and carbon capture, including innovation assessments, industrial deployment and storage risks.

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Networks

Assessing networks and energy storage within the context of whole energy systems, including new technologies, energy storage and system flexibility, and adapting infrastructure strategies.

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Nuclear

Assessing nuclear potential of contemporary designs and new technologies including risk and cost reduction. Coupled with unique modelling on infrastructure costs, integration with district heating or hydrogen, and flexible power generation.

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Renewables

Offering expertise in solar, wind and marine generation, including: technology, systems and infrastructure. Informing decision making on investment to accelerate technology adoption.

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Transport

Offering modelling, analysis and insight into the role of transport in future energy networks, optimising vehicle propulsion systems, consumer insight, market and policy frameworks, value chains, and new generation technologies.

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Case Studies

Modelling for Road Freight

UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) commissioned Energy Systems Catapult and the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK to explore different pathways for reducing freight emissions from Heavy Goods Vehicles.

With little industry momentum and a severe lack of workable low emission prototype vehicles, the challenge was to develop an accurate and usable modelling tool to provide evidence that encouraged the UK transport sector to embrace cleaner alternatives.

Rather than focus on vehicle weights (like most existing models), we focused on the specific use cases (e.g. long-haul vs. local depot deliveries) to identify the technical specifications needed to achieve zero emissions and the infrastructure that will need to be in place to support the vehicle uptake.

The tool was used to engage the Department for Transport on:

  • Including operators’ decision parameters and behaviours into modelling to better inform policy interventions and align operators’ choices with the required deployment of technologies and infrastructure.
  • Assessing how policy decisions can support freight operators and  infrastructure roll-out to facilitate carbon-free powertrains.

This project catalysed the need for development of a whole systems model for road freight, from which the ESME Freight model emerged.

How to work with us

We are not-for-profit, independent and technology-agnostic – building a trusted track record of delivering thought leadership, collaborative R&D and commercial commissions – so are uniquely placed to take on the challenges that others cannot tackle.

Collaborate with us: We work with partners from the public and private sectors to secure funding and collectively deliver the innovation projects and thought leadership that tackle the hardest challenges in the way to Net Zero.

Commission us: We offer independent support, evidence and insights – with technical, commercial and policy expertise – to identify and deliver Net Zero innovation priorities. Then actively support clients to develop actionable plans for implementation.

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