Independent and technology-agnostic, whole systems approach to accelerating low carbon energy to market

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Accelerating clean technologies to market

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 Nuclear Energy from a whole systems perspective:

  • Nuclear – expertise in assessing the potential of nuclear, contemporary designs and new technologies. Coupled with unique modelling on infrastructure costs, the interaction of nuclear with heat needs and flexible power generation to complement intermittent renewables. Identification of schedule and risk containment strategies to deliver cost reduction and financeable projects.

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

Nuclear Deployment scenarios to support assessment of future fuel cycles

The National Nuclear Laboratory commissioned Energy Systems Catapult and LucidCatalyst to carry out extensive UK Energy system modelling to deliver a crucial assessment of the potential role of nuclear in delivering Net Zero.

The modelling fills a gap in publicly available data as part of the Advanced Fuel Cycle Programme (AFCP), with the Catapult produced four nuclear deployment scenarios in a 2050 Net Zero UK energy mix using the whole energy system model known as the Energy System Modelling Environment (ESME).

The work considered the role of conventional large reactors, Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Modular Reactors (AMRs) working alongside other low carbon energy technologies.

It considered the role of nuclear providing not only electricity but also heat and hydrogen, giving a range of nuclear deployment scenarios from 14 GWe to over 60 GWe in 2050. The range of nuclear technologies and scope of potential deployment requires assessment of a range of fuel and fuel cycle options.

This energy system modelling and the associated nuclear deployment scenarios will support R&D technology roadmaps for advanced fuel and fuel cycles being planned by NNL, for example, uranium ore requirements, spent fuel volumes and storage requirements, and fabrication requirements for the scenarios.

It is hoped that this work will provide underpinning evidence for decision makers to inform future UK energy strategy and policy.

Find out more: Nuclear Deployment scenarios to support assessment of future fuel cycles.

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