Energy Systems Catapult Launch, FPSA update and IET Collaboration Agreement Signing

Nearly 300 guests joined us on 9th May 2016 for a packed agenda of talks, presentations and discussion at IET, Savoy Place, London. Connections were made, relationships forged and ideas shared.

  Energy Systems Catapult and IET Collaboration

The afternoon began with the Chief Executive of the IET, Nigel Fine and Catapult Chief Executive, Philip New signing an agreement to work more closely together in the future, following on from the success of our joint work on the Future

 Power Systems Architecture project, on behalf of DECC

Nick Smailes, Head of Business Development at the Catapult, then led a panel debate focusing on Whole Energy System Thinking. The panellists all argued for different needs related to a whole energy system. With almost a third of the votes, Prof Janette Webb’s argument on ‘the need for further whole system research and modelling in heat’ won the approval of the delegates. There were multiple suggestions for other topics, research questions and areas that we should consider including, financial / investment models, ensuring customer / consumer engagement, using demonstrators to de-risk investment and ensuring that future systems are capable of adaption / evolution – all of which will be part of our thinking going forward.

The Catapult’s 5-Year Delivery Plan

The next session, delivered by Paul Jordan, Head of Strategy Development and Business Planning at the Catapult, focused on the five-year delivery plan, of which a summary report can be downloaded here. Then Eric Brown (Interim Head of Strategy and Innovation) and Dr Simon Harrison, Chair of the FPSA Project Delivery Board and IET Energy Policy Panel Chair gave an update on the conclusions of the Future Power Systems Architecture project. Grant Bourhill (Director, Smart Systems and Heat) wrapped up the afternoon with a short presentation on the Smart Systems and Heat programme that the Catapult are delivering on behalf of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

All presentation slides are now available to view online:

Keynote Speeches

After a short break, Energy Systems Catapult Chairman Nick Winser gave a brief welcome to the keynote speakers. The first speaker was Professor Sir David King, Special Representative for Climate Change. Sir David spoke of how energy transformation is the biggest opportunity since the industrial revolution. Matthew Bell, the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change then followed, setting out a number of issues that needed addressing, such as ‘how do we reduce the cost of carbon capture?’, ‘how and where are we going to use hydrogen?’ and ‘what’s going to happen on the demand side?’.

Catapult CEO Philip New then closed out the evening by looking back on a thought-provoking day. He underlined that although the challenge ahead may be considerable, with the energy and commitment he has seen, it is one that is entirely possible.