Independent and technology-agnostic, whole systems approach to delivering evidence and insight about the role of bioenergy in achieving Net Zero


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Growing evidence to understand the role of bioenergy in achieving Net Zero

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:

  • Bioenergy – building evidence and insight from a whole system perspective to assess the sustainability of land use change for biomass production in the UK, including modelling tools to identify optimal bioenergy value chains, low carbon energy technologies that deliver carbon savings, and maximising the combination with Carbon Capture and Storage.

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

Collaborate with us

The Energy Technologies Institute commissioned Energy Systems Catapult to review and update the role of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) in the UK achieving Net Zero carbon emission targets by 2050.

The review confirmed that a transition to Net Zero can happen without large scale bioenergy but it will be much more expensive (potentially up to £200bn).

‘The role for bioenergy in decarbonising the UK energy system’ report found:

  • BECCS delivers negative emissions by using biomass to generate energy, capturing the CO2 emissions from combustion and permanently holding them in geological storage.
  • Producing electricity or hydrogen using BECCS technologies can maximise the potential percentage of CO2 that could be captured.
  • BECCS becomes increasingly important to achieve Net Zero carbon emission targets. Without negative emissions, achieving a target will require the prohibition of certain industrial activities and lifestyle choices or the reliance on imported carbon credits from other countries.
  • Potential for up to 1.4 Mha of second-generation crops to be planted without detriment to current levels of food production.
  • Constraining biomass resource availability, will increase the total cost of decarbonisation in the UK, requiring more expensive measures to be taken in other parts of the energy system.
  • Currently, the Contracts for Difference scheme is the only policy support mechanism for new biomass to power technologies. It has so far only been awarded to 1,671 MW of biomass and waste technologies, with the next auction expected to take place in May 2019.

Collaborate with us

Working with government and industry to build 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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