The aims of this competition are to:
- Decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks and benefit the consumer
- Deliver the next generation of user driven digital products, services and processes spanning transmission and distribution plus Government, generators, suppliers, local authorities, and other organisations
- Deliver the enabling digital technologies required to accelerate progress in other challenge areas
- Improve data monitoring, availability, quality, collection, interoperability, access, and insights to third parties in order to increase consumer choices and improve the efficiency, security and resilience of networks
Your project must address the overarching requirements of the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), as stipulated in the SIF Governance Document.
Over the three phases, applicants must demonstrate that projects deliver a net benefit to network consumers through:
- Energy bill cost reductions
- Carbon emission reduction
- Access to revenues for users of energy network services; or introducing products, process and services that are new to the UK energy market
Your proposal must:
- Focus on network innovation that can be deployed or applied to benefit GB energy networks’ infrastructure, network consumers, operation, and utilisation
Your project must address:
- Users and their context
- Constraints affecting the problem or wider context
- Opportunities for improvement
- Environmental impacts
You should consider all the points listed here, but as a minimum you must directly address at least one as the primary focus of the proposed project:
- More transparent and effective pricing and allocation of reinforcement costs in relation to new connections
- How you will work in the open and utilise open-source approaches wherever appropriate
- Publication of searchable metadata of datasets produced through the project
- Enterprise and business processes to facilitate the flow of data within and between organisations
- Enabling consumers to use their data to engage in energy system innovation whilst maintaining privacy and security
- How interconnected assets can help network customers and consumers to interact with and support the energy networks
- How to improve the visibility of infrastructure and assets, for instance new digital infrastructure or novel uses of sensor and communications technologies
- The interoperability of software platforms and data with other infrastructure sectors
- How novel uses of data and digital platforms can significantly improve network planning, modelling, and forecasting capabilities
At this stage, a project direction will be issued for the Discovery phase only. You must define your goals and outline your plan for the Alpha phase. Only successful applicants from Discovery phase will be invited to apply for Alpha phase.
The Alpha phase of a project will focus on preparing and testing the different solutions to the problem identified during the Discovery phase ahead of any future large-scale demonstration of the project. It will also include testing of the riskiest assumptions.
Your project must:
- Start by 1 March 2022
- End by 30 April 2022
- Last two months
To lead a project, you must:
- Be a licensed: gas distribution network, transmission network operator, or electricity system operator
- Partner with at least one other energy network licensee holding a different category of network licence, for example a gas transporter, electricity system operator, electricity transmission, electricity distribution or other energy network licensed company
- Work with researchers or private sector or organisations with technical capabilities in data and digital technologies
- Work with relevant data owners and processors
- Work with at least one other organisation as your subcontractor
Subcontractors can include a variety of third-party innovators such as:
- Independent researchers
- Other energy network companies
This list is not intended to be exhaustive.
For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance.
Project direction will be awarded to a single legal entity only.
This work will still be the responsibility of the lead applicant.
Innovate UK are looking for proposals that involve all the necessary stakeholders relevant to the proposed innovation, from a data and digitalisation perspective.
Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.
Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.
We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.