The Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) has taken on an 18-strong team from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) as it winds down ahead of closure in 2019.
The strategy analysis function team includes experts in engineering, economics and energy policy.
Within the ESC, it will work with government, industry and academia on energy systems modelling, analysis and design.
ESC chief executive Philip New said: “The ETI has spent 10 years building a market-leading capability in whole energy system modelling and analysis that can operate at international, national and local levels.
“With innovation being so critical if the UK is going to meet its ambition to effectively decarbonise by 2050, and provide clean, affordable, secure energy – whole systems analysis is vitally important to helping innovators identify and unleash opportunities.
“So, we are thrilled to have the SAF team bolster the Catapult’s capability in providing market-leading modelling and analysis of the whole energy system.”
As part of the transfer agreement, the team will provide consultancy services as a project partner to the ETI as it completes its portfolio of energy innovation projects and analysis. The ETI was established in 2007 and will run until the end of 2019.
ETI chief executive Jonathan Wills said: “With the support of our government and industry members over the last 10 years, we have built a leading capability in whole energy system modelling and strategic analysis which is currently used across academia, government and industry.
“As we look ahead to the end of our partnership operation in 2019 there are a number of actions we are implementing to help ensure the ETI’s legacy continues to support the transition of the UK energy system. The retention of the team, the knowledge generated and their capability is one of those key actions. Well informed whole energy system analysis is essential to support the transition to a secure, affordable low carbon future. The ESC is an exciting long-term home for this capability to develop further.”
This agreement builds on the transfer of the ETI’s Smart Systems and Heat programme into the ESC in 2015.