Clean Energy

The challenge is to meet Net Zero carbon emissions using National Grid Future Energy Scenarios 2019, the road to zero strategy and diverse renewables with different entry points and power conversions.

Underpinning Technologies

Compound semiconductors are currently being deployed across a rapidly growing number of applications, especially in the area of clean energy, because Wide Band Gap technology can reduce energy conversion losses by up to 90%. CSA Catapult is at the forefront of these developments. Compound semiconductors are fundamental in the generation of renewable energy and with high efficiency will significantly reduce the loss of energy in the process.

  • Wide Band Gap technology can reduce energy conversion losses by up to 90%
  • Solar power system inverters and micro-inverters
  • Inverters in wind turbines
  • High-efficiency power distribution
  • Power conversion and distribution in emerging renewable generation technologies
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Industry is currently working towards the following 2050 targets:

  • Net Zero target – approx. 52GW solar and 86GW wind in high renewable scenarios
  • 13-28GW storage. A notable share of this will require power electronic devices
  • More interconnection between GB and Europe, approx. 11-20GW
  • Marine generation expected to reach to 13GW by 2050 in high renewable scenarios
  • Over 35m electric vehicles
  • 59,000-320,000 units of micro CHPs
  • Over 7 million hybrid heat pumps and over 10 million electric heat pump installation.

What we offer:

CSA Catapult has expertise in supporting the energy industry, developing novel power electronics and photonics devices to develop a cleaner energy grid. We work with network operators to introduce power electronics technologies that advance the UK energy grid towards a net-zero future. We work with chip level companies and end users to bring supply chains together for the energy industry.

We offer complete integrated solutions to advance renewable energy, network grid technologies, and meet the growing demands for sustainable energy solutions. If you would like to find out more about how help you, please contact Alastair McGibbon.


These goals can only be met with cross-catapult and industry collaboration leveraging the advantages of compound semiconductors as they will drive the following fundamental criteria:

  • Higher efficiency
  • Better dispatchability
  • Less footprint
  • Land availability requirements

This is illustrated below:

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