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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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How to work with us

Energy Systems Catapult offers technical, commercial and policy expertise to drive Net Zero innovation across the whole energy system.

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.

We use our grant-funding to develop capabilities, tools and labs – from world-class Net Zero modelling and cutting-edge systems engineering, through to digital and data science and real-world innovation trials that drive start-ups to success.

Supporting, convening and advising government, academia, industry, local/regional authorities, investors and SMEs to create new markets that unleash innovation and define the pathway to Net Zero.

Collaborate with us

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

Commission us

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

Case Studies

Commission us

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.

The Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid (ITEG) project aims to generate clean, predictable energy supply from renewable sources in areas with weak electricity networks  

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Supporting businesses to develop, deploy and grow markets for innovative clean technologies and services that accelerate the UK to Net Zero.

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Collaborate with us

Working in consortiums with industry, utilities, local authorities and/or, local enterprise partnerships to support decarbonisation on industrial sites and clusters.

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