Whole systems approach to helping the transport and energy sectors integrate their physical, market, digital, and policy systems
Accelerating the integration of transport and energy
Integrating the transport and energy systems requires collaboration across government, regulation, industry, academia and innovation to achieve Net Zero at least cost.
in future energy networks, optimising vehicle propulsion systems, consumer perspectives, market and policy frameworks, the physical value chains required to deliver the energy, and the role of new generation technologies in transport decarbonisation.
Backed by world leading whole systems modelling and systems engineering, Energy Systems Catapult helps innovators large and small navigate the transition to Net Zero.
We offer 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
Taking a whole systems approach to helping integrate the transport and energy sectors. with support from Energy Systems Catapult capabilities, tools and labs.
Clean Tech Engineering
Technology development and deployment, considering the technological, engineering, economic, regulatory and policy implications for innovations and investment decisions.
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.
Applying world-leading systems thinking remove barriers to the physical, digital and market integration of zero carbon innovations across the whole energy system.
Consumers, Vehicles & Energy Integration
CVEI models the uptake of cars and vans, transport infrastructure needs, plus insight on consumers, batteries, charging and policy including taxation.
Road Freight Model
Assesses low carbon road freight options with detailed and wide-ranging powertrain data and operating profiles (e.g. long-haul vs. local) to assess fleet implications & infrastructure requirements.
Turning clean energy innovators into entrepreneurs. Propelling SMEs step-by-step through technical validation towards commercial vindication.
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.
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.
Manchester-based Evergreen Smart Power are an innovative Virtual Power Plant business, aggregating and controlling domestic energy loads resulting from the decarbonisation of transport and heating to suit specific customer, market, generation and grid conditions.
Evergreen’s solution for electric vehicles (EVs) can respond to grid conditions, to spread charging over off-peak hours, reducing the 7kW load of chargers that would otherwise put strain on the network at peak times, while ensuring that EVs are sufficiently charged when needed. The solution also optimises other loads, such as heat pumps and electric heaters.
The Energy Launchpad focused on helping Evergreen develop their future roadmap through competitive landscaping, consumer insights/trial and detailed business model analysis.
Exploring Evergreen’s Value Proposition with our Business Model Innovation team to help Evergreen develop their business model using insights from Competitive Landscaping work. This examined alternative target markets and revenue streams. Outputs were developed to be used for pitches to future investors.
Following incubation support from Energy Launchpad, Energy Systems Catapult helped Evergreen develop and deliver a follow-on project called Flexibly-Responsive Energy Delivery with 250 consumers.
Road Freight Model
UK Energy Research Centre 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.
Following project completion, we’ve used the tool to engage with the UK Department of Transport and wider industry to explore how they could benefit from enhanced freight modelling to inform policy making.
Supporting businesses to develop, deploy and grow markets for innovations that accelerate the UK transport sector to Net Zero.Contact us
Collaborate with us
Energy Launchpad works with transport innovators, propelling them step-by-step through technical validation towards commercial vindication.Contact us