We equip energy leaders with the evidence, insights and innovations needed to deliver the future Net Zero energy system
Accelerating the energy system to Net Zero
Our Whole Systems & Networks platform helps you make the energy transition happen. We work with energy generators and retailers, network operators, original equipment manufacturers, investors, regulators and government to deliver our future Net Zero energy system.
Navigate systems complexity
We empower the UK’s strategic decision makers to identify and seize key Net Zero challenges and opportunities.
Applying our unique whole systems approach and subject matter expertise – we will help you identify the best course of action – across innovation, investment, policy and regulation in key technologies and sectors.
Drive the digital transformation
We help you drive the digital transformation required to deliver Net Zero. After leading the “game-changing” Digital & Data Energy Taskforces that are steering Government and Ofgem strategy, we are helping top industry stakeholders to embed Taskforce recommendations and deliver corporate digitalisation plans that unlock innovation.
Invest in networks with confidence
We support networks to make investment decisions using whole systems analysis to understand future energy system challenges. Working with Government, Ofgem and the energy sector to develop the regulatory system of the future to enable coherent network operation and investment.
Whole systems scenario modelling
Our world class Energy Systems Modelling Environment equips the UK energy sector with the evidence and insights needed to support a collaborative environment of policy, regulation and investment. Our annual whole systems modelling scenarios and analysis will help key energy sector decision-makers to deliver our future Net Zero energy system.
Products and Services
The UK's leading authority on whole systems analysis and insights of the energy system
Whole Systems Modelling
We deliver trusted whole systems insights to help you future-proof assets, develop new business models and maintain operability right to the edge of your network and to consumers beyond.
Test the value of home innovations for networks
Understand the value and risk of emerging Net Zero innovations across a range of system and market scenarios, with our world-first Whole Energy Systems Accelerator.
Systems Engineering for system challenges
We offer you a structured approach to managing risk, lowering costs and accelerating innovations, with capabilities and tools that support the full lifespan of an integrated system solution.
Clean Tech Engineering
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.
Harnessing Digital & Data
Wherever you work in the energy sector - government, regulation, industry or innovation - we are leading the way in helping shape digital and data policy, regulations, business strategy and best practice.
Business Model Innovation
We can help you design business models that de-risk new innovations, streamline operations and maximise the value they create for customers.
Markets, Policy & Regulation
Our energy policy, regulatory, and market design expertise that combines deep understanding of technology, economics, and policy, informed by cutting-edge modelling and evidence-based analysis.
Ensure Net Zero works for vulnerable people
We can help you deliver a just energy transition by championing and trialling approaches that support low income and vulnerable consumers.
The Role of Energy Retailers in the Net Zero Transition
Clean Energy Retail – The Role of Clean Energy Retailers in the Net Zero Transition was a report by Energy Systems Catapult commissioned by OVO Energy exploring both the expanded role that retailers needed to play in the Net Zero transition and the policy & regulatory reforms required to incentivise low carbon choices and new innovations.
Policy reforms included:
- Incentivising Low Carbon – enabling energy retailers to develop offers which incentivise people to make low carbon choices and become more flexible. Faster rollout of smart meters will be crucial but wider reform is also needed to sharpen wholesale price signals market-wide with half-hourly settlements and to strengthen green tariff frameworks.
- Improving Customer Experience and Competition Metrics – making it simpler to choose low carbon offerings and easier to port that offer when switching supplier, whilst maintaining trust. This means simplifying the customer experience and improving data access.
- Innovation, Vulnerable Households and a Just Transition – ensuring the transition to clean energy is accessible for all. Consumer protection measures must be updated and move with the times to continue to look after consumer interests. We also need smarter approaches to addressing fuel poverty, making use of data to identify those at risk and partnerships to help determine interventions.
This will require energy retailers to build trust and strengthen relationships with customers, and develop innovative propositions, that focus on:
- Consumer outcomes – focusing on delivering the outcomes that reflect consumer preferences, house type, level of EV charge, desire for ‘green’ electricity etc, as opposed to simply billing for gas or electricity.
- Low carbon products and services – developing personalised, “modular” and adaptable propositions – including bundling a range net zero products and services (e.g. heat pumps, EV chargers, solar, battery storage, etc..).
- Vulnerable households – support for vulnerable households should be designed to also drive low carbon objectives that improve future resilience and drive energy efficiency.
- Financing – facilitating long term financing for customers, managing the complexity of installing energy efficiency and low carbon technologies with SME partners.
- Innovative tariffs – mainstreaming innovative tariff offerings, such as “time of use”, “type of use” and green tariffs to improve the customer experience and make the best use of new energy assets.
Open Data driving Innovation
Energy Systems Catapult led both the Energy Data Taskforce (EDTF) and subsequent Energy Digitalisation Taskforce (EDiT), both commissioned by the UK Government, Ofgem and Innovate UK to develop an integrated data and digital strategy to helps unlock the opportunities of a modern, decarbonised and decentralised energy system for the benefit of consumers.
Described as “game-changing” by the ENA, the taskforces engage with hundreds of organisations and kick-started over 50 digital and data projects within two years of beginning.
This included Energy Systems Catapult working with National Grid (formerly WPD) to help the network operator to improve internal data processes and release more data – resulting in the launch of their Connected Data Portal which now hosts almost 100 open datasets about National Grid’s network infrastructure and operations, including a number of live data sources.
To increase engagement with the newly published data, the Catapult helped to identify some key challenges that could be solved with data and engaged the innovator community through data challenge competitions.
Outcomes of the Presumed Open Data challenge included:
- 365 Registrations for the kick-off event with individuals come from 72 different organisations/institutions, 15 different countries and 30 universities
- 55 teams – a total of 142 individuals – participated in a least one round
- By the 5th round of tasks, 37 teams survived and and of those 65% outscored the benchmark with the Top 5 teams participating in a special “Value in Energy Data” seminar
- A number participants publishing their work in peer reviewed academic journals and highlighting our data challenge approach as a useful way to link academic talent with industry need.
Watch the Value in Energy Data – Presumed Open Data seminar:
Network Cold Start
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 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.
Whole system scenario 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.
How to work with us
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.
Collaborate with us: We work with partners from the public and private sectors to secure funding and collectively deliver the innovation projects and thought leadership that tackle the hardest challenges in the way to Net Zero.
Commission us: We offer independent support, evidence and insights – with technical, commercial and policy expertise – to identify and deliver Net Zero innovation priorities. Then actively support clients to develop actionable plans for implementation.
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