Helping innovators to design new business models using a unique mix of energy, engineering and commercial expertise

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Business model innovation, as vital to Net Zero as technological innovation

To achieve to Net Zero carbon emissions, business model innovation is just as important as technological innovation.

Energy Systems Catapult is driving innovation in business modelling to unlock value and support credible, investable routes to market for zero carbon companies.

Well-designed business models help companies to de-risk new innovations, streamline operations and maximise the value they create for customers. At Energy Systems Catapult we take a whole systems approach to business models design, working with people throughout the sector to better understand the needs and challenges they face.

We support zero carbon companies to unlock value and find credible, investable routes to market. This is brought together by our unique mix of energy, engineering and commercial experts who can help identify, design, and validate new business models.

We work with a range of organisations

Start-ups and scale-ups

Innovators with disruptive new ideas wanting to ground them in viable business models, looking to grow their position, seek investment or refine their approach.

Product and service companies in the energy sector

Looking to understand the future risks and opportunities of existing business models, or design, test and launch new innovations to the market.

 

Local authorities, community groups and local partnerships

Organisations looking at new approaches that will help local areas transition to Net Zero

The Business Model Innovation team use a range of methods, tools and experts, including:

What we offer

Designing, testing and evaluating innovative Business Models with support from Energy Systems Catapult capabilities.

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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

Business Model Innovation for Start-ups

Scottish proptech firm arbnco developed the Digital Energy Efficiency Platform (DEEP) under Government funded “Boosting Access for SMEs to Energy Efficiency” innovation programme.

DEEP aims to eliminate the common barriers SMEs face in tackling energy efficiency, such as high upfront and transactional costs, economies of scale and difficulties accessing finance.

Energy Systems Catapult provided arbnco with Business Model Innovation support to find or develop a sustainable model that facilitates investment in energy efficiency retrofit/refurbishment projects by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – which account for 99% of all businesses in the UK and are responsible for over 50% of energy use.

DEEP centralises building data sets and delivers bespoke retrofit strategies tailored to each individual building, including costs and finance options, and a business case for implementing energy efficiency.

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Energy Launchpad case study: Ventive Home retrofit-in-a-box

Collaborate with us

Helping SMEs identify, design, test, refine and validate innovative Business Models to unlock value and support credible, investable routes to market for zero carbon innovations.

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Helping established energy companies understand the future risks and opportunities of existing business models, or design, test and launch new innovative business models to the market.

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