Independent and technology-agnostic whole systems modelling to help design the future energy system to unlock innovation

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Navigating to Net Zero with world class whole systems modelling and engineering

To transform the UK energy system to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050, it is crucial to understand the costs and benefits of different technologies, system designs and decarbonisation pathways.

Whole system modelling considers the complex interactions of power, gas, heat, and transport and the different ways in which our energy might be supplied, managed and consumed in the future at a national, regional, local and individual building level.

By looking at the whole system, a collaborative environment of policy, regulation and investment can be encouraged where innovations progress more quickly from prototype to marketplace, creating low carbon economic growth.

Government & Local Authorities

Offering whole system modelling and analysis to support policy-making by government and investment decision making by local authorities.

Utilities & Energy Sector

Modelling the physical, digital and market systems to support the energy sector in targeting effective innovation investment


SMEs & Innovators

Modelling the current and future energy system to identify barriers and opportunities for new products, services and business models.

What we offer

Energy Systems Catapult offers expertise in whole system modelling and analysis, from national to regional, local and building level.

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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

National Energy System Modelling

Good Energy commissioned Energy Systems Catapult to carry out whole system scenario modelling – with the specific constraints of allowing no nuclear power or fossil fuel energy supply – to determine if Net Zero by 2050 was still possible.

We utilised our Energy System Modelling Environment – which is a peer reviewed, least cost optimisation model. Plus our new Storage and Flexibility Model (SFM) – which provides a greater level of detail into how the energy system might function under Good Energy’s chosen scenarios.

The SFM platform produces highly granular dispatch information and explores the different roles and responsibilities of energy technologies and services in 2050, on an hour-by-hour basis.

Good Energy used the modelling results to compile a report supporting their efforts to increase renewable energy generation and storage in the coming decades.

Commission us

Offering independent whole energy system modelling and analysis to support industry in targeting effective innovation investment.

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