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

Network Operators & Energy Retailers

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


Start-up & Scale-up 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

Case studies

Net Zero 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 ESME FLEX – 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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