Initiative aims to transform Scotland’s energy system

The Energy Systems Catapult has been appointed to lead an initiative aiming to bring together manufacturers, project developers, technology companies and investors to develop a low carbon ecosystem in Scotland.

The £334,000, three-year Local Energy Systems Scottish Industry Network (LESSIN) was unveiled late last year, with the Catapult teaming up with the Energy Technology Partnership, supported by the Scottish government, Scottish Enterprise, and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The holistic local energy system approach will integrate electricity, heat and transport systems, often with a digital solution around the management of elements such as demand, supply, energy storage or conversion.

LESSIN will develop local energy activity and aim to create opportunities for businesses in the supply chain to connect with one another, as well as with stakeholders, to build the Scottish low carbon economy. The overriding objective is to build a platform for a series of schemes that support Scotland’s company base in the emerging sector, while also contributing to net zero targets.

Catapult Chief Executive, Philip New, said: “Local energy systems have the potential to transform our journey to net zero, particularly within industrial clusters that can utilise the power of proximity to deliver sustainable economic and societal benefits.”