Networks and Energy Storage


Transforming the UK energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions, requires informed choices relating to technology development and deployment, investment decision-making, and market and policy development.

Energy Systems Catapult offers technical expertise and insights on Networks and Energy Storage from Whole System perspective. Our Infrastructure and Engineering team has deep specialist knowledge and practical experience in technology development and deployment that considers the technological, engineering, economic, regulatory and policy implications for innovations and investment decisions.

The Challenge and Opportunity

Transforming the UK energy system to be clean, secure and affordable, requires optimising solutions and innovations from a range of previously separate systems including power, heat, transport; across the physical, digital and market systems; and from generation, transmission and distribution, to storage, supply and consumption.

The challenge is understanding how technology, market and policy solutions might contribute to the delivery of a clean, secure and affordable energy system, and what actions need to be taken to drive new innovations through to commercial reality.

Whole System transformation will require:

  • A detailed understanding of the constituent parts of the energy system and the new technologies that can be deployed;
  • Increased interaction and integration between the different constituent parts of the system;
  • New services and value streams using multiple energy-vectors (electricity, gas, hydrogen, etc);
  • The market and policy frameworks to enable the low carbon transition.

Our Capability

The Infrastructure and Engineering team offers technical expertise and insights Networks and Energy Storage from a whole systems perspective:

  • Networks and Energy Storage – assessing networks and energy storage within the context of whole energy systems, including: assessing the impact of new technologies, developing and adapting infrastructure network strategies to enable cost effective energy delivery and examining the detailed interactions between energy storage and other means of providing energy system flexibility.
  • Storage and Flexibility Modelling and Analysis – complementary to our internationally peer-reviewed Energy System Modelling Environment (ESME), our new Storage and Flexibility Model (SFM) is an asset that can assess the value of specific storage technologies, and identify the system service requirements of future energy systems for long term strategic and short term operational uncertainties.

Our Approach

Energy Systems Catapult offers a broad mix of specialist knowledge, supported by a range of analytical capability, bespoke tools, technical insights and energy system data that can inform choices relating to technology development and deployment, investment decision-making, and market and policy development.

Our credibility comes from our independence, the quality of our work, and the reputation we have built over the last ten years within the Catapult and formerly at the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

We provide evidence-based guidance to the UK innovation community to help maximise the value of:

  • Innovation assessments for new technologies such as performance and cost characteristics;
  • Technical due-diligence;
  • Innovation management capability to support the progression of technologies towards commercialisation;
  • Providing advice on market positioning;
  • Partnering options.