Independent and technology-agnostic, whole systems approach to accelerating innovation and flexibility across network infrastructure


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Accelerating innovation to create smart, flexible energy networks

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 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.

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

  • Networks – assessing 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.

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

Future Energy Grid Wales

Network investment is key to Wales’s decarbonisation and economic ambitions – and ensuring the investment is coherent, efficient, and timely – requires understanding the range of Net Zero pathways available to Wales’s 2050 energy system.

The Welsh Government appointed Energy Systems Catapult, as an independent and trusted body, to develop scenarios of the various paths Wales could take to decarbonise the energy system, drawing on the perspectives of a wide range of people across Wales.

The Future Energy Grid Wales project will inform Future Wales: the National Plan 2040′, and provide robust evidence to enable network operators to plan and build the networks we will need for Net Zero and the interim 2030 targets.

Wales aims to be the first country in the UK to have a joint approach to developing gas and electricity networks. All the energy network operators in Wales, and the regulator Ofgem, have agreed to work with the Welsh Government to develop a long-term plan for energy networks.

  • The Welsh Government will take the strategic lead on the project, ensuring its thinking fits with  policies and priorities.
  • The network owners will provide resource to the process and use its outputs to inform their network plans.
  • Ofgem will provide independent and impartial advice to support the development of options.
  • Energy Systems Catapult will develop the whole system Net Zero scenarios, drawing on their extensive modelling expertise and their independence to facilitate the work. This will make sure that the interests of Wales, and not those of any one organisation, are at the heart of this work.

The work will be carried out alongside the programme of detailed Local Area Energy Planning work across Wales, and the two projects will use the same evidence and assumptions.

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