Independent and technology-agnostic, whole systems approach to accelerating innovation in energy storage

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Accelerating innovation in energy storage to help energy system flexibility

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.

The Clean Tech 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.

We have technical experts offering insights on Networks from a whole systems perspective:

  • Energy Storage – assessing energy storage within the context of whole energy systems, including: the impact of new technologies, developing and adapting infrastructure network strategies to enable cost effective energy delivery and examining the detailed interactions between energy storage and other means of providing energy system flexibility.

Including access to our pioneering Storage and Flexibility Model that can assess the value of specific storage technologies, and identify the system service requirements of future energy systems for long term strategic and short term operational uncertainties.

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).

Case studies

Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration

Long-duration battery storage could reduce the curtailment of wind power by up to 65%, helping Britain maximise its renewable energy potential.

Working with Cumulus Energy Storage and the University of Southampton, Energy Systems Catapult is aiming to demonstrate a Renewable Copper storage technology at an operational wind farm.

Funded through the Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration competition, part of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, the project aims to develop a rechargeable Copper/Zinc (CuZn) battery technology to provide long duration (4-12 hour) electricity storage with lower carbon emissions and lower costs compared to other storage systems.

CuZn battery storage could save 60 tonnes CO2eq/MWh/year compared with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) technologies, and could reduce by 27-65% the need for the grid operator to pay wind farms – at a cost to consumers – to curtail their output. The project aims to boost the CuZn battery’s technology readiness level and assess routes-to-market to identify business and revenue models to support the technology.

A later phase of the project will aim to demonstrate the technology at a UK wind farm to assess its impact on curtailment reduction, revenue streams and battery performance – all of which will provide insight to BEIS and Ofgem to inform future policy and projects.

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