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 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 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 Cost Drivers project

Energy Systems Catapult in partnership with the Energy Technologies Institute published the Nuclear Cost Drivers (ETI NCD) report in 2020, which demonstrates a credible path for nuclear energy to become a competitive Net Zero solution alongside renewables.

The study provides evidence that an intentional and determined commitment to proven best practices around design standardisation combined with timely and effective programmatic sequencing – including building multiple units on a single site – can deliver highly cost-competitive nuclear new build.

Global experience shows how commitment to a standardised nuclear program can sustain the learning curve and trigger a virtuous circle of economic performance as supply chain capabilities are developed, and perceived technological, project delivery, and financial risks fall.

In addition, these technical and organisational improvements could accelerate the cost-effective deployment of more advanced nuclear technologies, such as small modular reactors.

The ETI NCD summary report, published in April 2018, was cited as the basis for achievable cost reduction in the UK Nuclear Sector Deal.

The findings also informed the MIT Future of Nuclear Study (2018); the OECD-NEA’s Unlocking Reductions in the Construction Costs of Nuclear: A Practical Guide for Stakeholders (2020), and Energy System Catapult’s Nuclear for Net Zero (2020).

Collaborate with us

Working with government and industry to support innovation and acceleration of low carbon energy to market.

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