Major Programmes: Clean Energy Innovation


Innovation is crucial to transforming the UK energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions.

Energy Systems Catapult has created a Major Programmes team to work with industry, academia, and national and local government, to deliver complex energy innovation programmes and projects focused on the sustainable energy transition.

Energy Programmes: The Challenge and Opportunity

For the UK to deliver Net Zero emission targets while achieving our clean growth ambitions, it is crucial that the UK energy sector overcomes systemic barriers and open new markets to deliver the innovative products, services and value chains required.

The Major Programmes team is working collaboratively across the sector with industry, academia and public sector partners to scope, develop, identify funding and deliver innovation projects and programmes with a focus on:

  • Decarbonisation of domestic and non-domestic buildings
  • Development of Energy as a Service applications
  • Delivery of targeted retrofit measures for energy efficient, low carbon heating
  • Decarbonising new build homes
  • Energy systems integration (connected homes, heat and EV)
  • Application of aggregation, digitalisation as an enabler for flexibility exploitation.

Our Approach to Clean Energy Innovation Programmes

The Major Programmes team acts as a centre of excellence for the delivery of large, complex, innovative, multi-capability decarbonisation programmes and projects on time and on budget.

We take a creative approach to overcoming barriers to innovation; acting where existing markets are not achieving decarbonisation goals and focus on solutions that can be scaled up to have a national impact.

We have a proven track record of leading complex consortia, using an agile approach to manage the uncertainty related to innovation, while calling upon the specialist, expert capabilities of the wider Energy Systems Catapult to support innovation across the energy system.

Between 2015 and 2019, Energy Systems Catapult delivered the UK’s largest smart, consumer-focused project aimed at overcoming the barriers to the decarbonisation of residential heat – the  Smart Systems and Heat programme. We have built a deep understanding of consumer needs and how to harness low carbon solutions to decarbonise heat. The SSH programme led to the development of tools and capabilities to help industry, local authorities and policymakers.

Through our collaborations with industry and government partners, we have shown how our programme and project management expertise can help to deliver real impacts.

Other examples include district heat, demand-side response and fuel poverty projects co-funded by ERDF, Innovate UK and the Welsh Government, ranging from £20k to multi-million-pound programmes.

Energy Innovation Support

We have been involved in several major projects focused on energy research and innovation as well as developing smart energy technologies. Helping innovators and policy makers alike with sustainable development and growth.

Discover more of our current energy projects and impacts.