Managing collaborative, complex innovation trials that tackle the hardest challenges on the way to Net Zero

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Scaling innovation to accelerate Net Zero

Energy Systems Catapult works with industry, academia, and national and local governments to deliver complex energy innovation programmes and projects focused on the clean energy transition.

Taking creative approach to overcoming barriers to innovation; acting where existing markets are not achieving decarbonisation goals and focus on solutions that can be scaled up to have a national impact.

We work collaboratively across the sector partners to scope, develop, identify funding and deliver innovation projects and programmes with a focus on:

  • Decarbonisation of domestic and non-domestic buildings
  • Development of Energy as a Service applications
  • Delivery of targeted retrofit measures for energy efficient, low carbon heating
  • Decarbonising new build homes
  • Energy systems integration (connected homes, heat and EV)
  • Application of aggregation and digitalisation as an enabler for flexibility.

Centre of Excellence

Our Major Programmes team delivers large, complex, innovative, multi-capability decarbonisation projects on time and on budget.

Complex collaborations

A proven track record of leading complex consortia, using an agile approach to manage the uncertainty related to innovation, while calling upon the specialist, expert capabilities of the wider Energy Systems Catapult.

What we offer

Energy Systems Catapult draws trusted experience and a range of expertise, models, tools and labs to deliver large scale innovation trials.

Living Lab

Quick, safe and affordable. Rapidly design, market-test and launch innovative energy products, services and business models with real people in over 500 connected homes.

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Consumer Insight & Proposition Design

Energy market research, user experience (UX) and service design, and consumer trials. Helping innovators see beyond what people say to understand what they do.

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Business Model Innovation

Well-designed business models help companies to de-risk new innovations, streamline operations and maximise the value they create for customers.

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Harnessing Digital and Data

Utilise a range of services, tools and expertise, such as data science, algorithms and artificial intelligence or access existing consumer and technical data.

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Whole Systems Modelling

Modelling the complex interactions between the physical, digital and market systems, across power, gas, heat, and transport, from generation to consumers and at the level of home, locally and nationally.

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Markets, Policy and Regulation

Independent thought leadership combining expertise in clean tech, economics and energy policy design, informed by cutting-edge modelling and evidence-based analysis.

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Dynamic Energy System Simulation

Utilising our groundbreaking EnergyPath® Operations simulation tool to assess system design choices, business models and digital solutions for future system architectures.

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Skills and Training for Net Zero Homes

Accelerating the market for zero carbon skills and training to drive an unparalleled upgrading of UK housing stock and heating systems.

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Our Major Programmes

Energy Systems Catapult delivers multi-year, multi-million pound programmes to help decarbonise local places and complex sites.

Project

Energy Revolution Integration Service

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Project

Modern Energy Partners

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How to work with us

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

Our independent and technology-agnostic approach, has built a trusted track record in delivering thought leadership, collaborative R&D and commercial commissioning.

Providing a range of 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.

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Supporting energy companies and networks, industrial sites and commercial businesses to navigate to Net Zero.

Collaborate with us

Supporting government, local authorities and innovators to create the new policies, markets, business models and technologies we need to deliver Net Zero.

Case Studies

Modern Energy Partners

Modern Energy Partners (MEP) was a two-year, £20million innovation pilot exploring how to decarbonise the public sector estate to help the UK Government meet commitments on Net Zero.

From April 2019 to March 2021, the MEP developed a systematic, repeatable and scalable method of enabling large campus-style sites to create quality and value for money approaches to cutting carbon emissions.

The project was a collaborative cross-departmental programme, coordinated and delivered by Energy Systems Catapult and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Cabinet Office, with additional match funding from pathfinder sites. Delivery contractors included Aecom, Atkins, Buro Happold, Ricardo and Stantec.

MEP utilised a test bed of 42 sites responsible for over 294,000 tCO2e carbon emissions – equating to 8% of Ministry of Defence (MOD), 17% of Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and 6% of NHS sites.

Firstly, rapid data gathering technologies and techniques were deployed to appraise the Net Zero potential of sites – including installing telemetry across 26 sites.

Secondly, a range of tools and templates were developed that allowed 24 sites to create decarbonisation plans that will reduce emissions, on average, by 70% by 2032.

Thirdly, initial carbon reduction works delivered at four pathfinder sites:

        • Sheppey Prison Cluster
        • HMS Collingwood
        • NHS Goole and District Hospital
        • Catterick Garrison

Across the four sites 21,515 LEDs light bulbs were installed, building fabric improvements (e.g. loft and cavity wall insulation) were made and smart Building Management Systems now control 176,990 m2. Together these deliver 9,158,986 kWh, 2,444 tCO2e and £977k saving annually.

Collaborate with us

Working with national and local governments, industry, academia, and innovators to deliver complex energy innovation programmes focused on the clean energy transition.

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Our Major Programmes team acts as a centre of excellence for the delivery of large, complex, innovative, multi-capability decarbonisation programmes and projects on time and on budget.

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