Over the last few months, carbonTRACK in conjunction with Wales and West Utilities have had the privilege to work on developing Net-Zero Pathfinder, a model which is soon to be used by local authorities and businesses to guide them through their decarbonisation strategy; for example, the West Midlands Combined Authority as part of their Net Zero 2041 pledge. The model is being beta tested with organisations such as Swansea University, in collaboration with SPECIFC and their Active buildings project.
What is Pathfinder?
Net-Zero Pathfinder is a model which creates a ‘whole systems approach’ to energy supply vs demand. The idea is that it will provide an informative and educated view of our transition to a net zero future, accelerating a clear path forward. Pathfinder helps us understand what generation and storage assets are required, when to deploy them and how they will impact the wider energy network.
As we know, the cost and practicality of decarbonising and electrification can be challenging. Organisations, as well as the wider UK energy networks, need to look at all options of how to cost effectively achieve a low carbon future.
The Net-Zero Pathfinder enables solutions to be tested for feasibility at desktop level, before they are deployed into the real world.
As a result of the successful project delivery to beta stage, the consortium has taken the regional Pathfinder model to a more granular level. This means we can analyse organisations current supply Vs demand and grid requirements and correctly forecast what type of generation, storage and smart flexible energy systems would be appropriate for a true net zero or low carbon future.
To demonstrate the success of this project, we are extending the offer to work with 5 organisations in the West Midlands in partnership with SWM, to beta test the Pathfinder model. Please contact us at the details below to register interest for being included as one of the 5 beta users.