Applying world-class systems thinking to the hardest Net Zero challenges across Government, industry and communities

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Systematically engineering an end to emissions across the whole system

Energy Systems Catapult applies the principles of systems engineering to help define and deliver the future energy system alongside government, regulators, academia and industry.

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary, whole life-cycle approach that helps to cope with complex problems by challenging assumptions; managing real world issues; to produce the most efficient, economic and robust solutions to the needs being addressed.

By using Systems Engineering, project costs and timescales are managed more effectively by having greater control and awareness of the project requirements, interfaces, and the consequences of changes.

As an expert, independent, technology-agnostic organisation, we work to integrate the disparate physical, digital and market systems, against the background of rapid technological and societal change.

Through a structured approach to managing risk, lowering costs and accelerating implementation, we have developed a range of capabilities and tools that support the full lifespan of an integrated system solution.

This allows us to help businesses integrate new products and services to open markets, focus investments, create jobs and deliver export opportunities.

What we offer

Energy Systems Catapult uses systems engineering to capture opportunities and remove barriers to the physical, digital and market integration of zero carbon innovations across the whole energy system.

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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

Energy Systems Catapult collaborated with UK Power Networks (UKPN) under Network Innovation Allowance funding to investigate the behaviour of domestic electricity consumers and the distribution network supplying them under a Cold Start scenario in 2030.

With electrification of heating and transport expected to be at far higher level in the next decade, an extended power outage under severe weather conditions would lead to a sudden demand surge to levels far higher than normal peak levels as electrical devices are reactivated.

Using an innovative Dynamic Energy Systems Simulation tool, our Systems Engineering team created dynamic models using a portion of real electricity network to understand the physical impacts of fault conditions on energy assets and appliances within the network under different outage scenarios. A range of metrics were produced, including power flows, voltages, loading and balancing.

The results will allow UKPN to identify:

  • Network areas with high risk of adverse effects from power restoration after Cold Start.
  • Mitigation measures such as operational policies, network controls, demand-side flexibility and conventional reinforcement.
  • Explore novel mitigation methods based on in-home appliance flexibility.

Commission us

Helping businesses take a systematic approach to managing risk, lowering costs and accelerating the integration of Net Zero innovations.

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Collaborate with us

Providing expert, independent and technology-agnostic systems engineering to help define options for a future energy system.

Contact us