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.

Case Studies

Electricity Networks Commissioner

Energy Systems Catapult chair, Nick Winser, was appointed as Electricity Networks Commissioner in July 2022 by Rt Hon Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and tasked with providing advice to Government on how to reduce the time it takes to deliver transmission infrastructure in Britain.

The challenge was that the electricity transmission network requires upgrading and expanding to connect renewable generation and support decarbonisation. It currently takes up to 14 years to build new transmission infrastructure. The objective was to identify and recommend areas where the end-to-end delivery process could be shortened by 3 years, and ideally by half.

The Commissioner was supported by a detailed companion report by Energy Systems, including:

  • Mapping the end-to-end process using a System Engineering approach.
  • Identifying 8 key challenge themes where time could potentially be saved.
  • Engaging with over 200 stakeholders from 15 organisations, including Governments, Transmission Owners and Ofgem to identify and refine options for process change.

The Commissioner final report with 18 recommendations, supported by the Catapult companion report, found:

  • Current timescales of 12-14 years for building new electricity transmission lines can be reduced to seven years to help deliver energy security and Net Zero.
  • It was vital that clean, secure, affordable electricity from 50GW of new wind and 24GW of new nuclear must reach homes and businesses.
  • “Open, transparent and efficient” engagement with communities and people about impact of new transmission infrastructure is key.

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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