The aims of this competition are to:
- Decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks and benefit the consumer
- Develop innovative products, processes and services for the planning, operation and delivery of energy networks that support low carbon heating solutions
- Produce insights and findings to support decision making for low carbon heating by energy networks, industry, and government
- Demonstrate how low carbon heating can be intelligently managed during operation to improve efficiency and reduce overall energy system costs
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:
- Using smart approaches to manage large-scale electrified heat deployment in a local area, reducing the need for network reinforcement
- Using smart meters with heat pumps to optimise usage and energy system flexibility
- The commercial and investment case for financing heating technologies alongside energy network innovation
- Working with partners on how deployment of low carbon heating solutions can be better coordinated to minimise gas and electricity network constraints at lowest economic cost
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
- Work with a heat technology or infrastructure provider such as: heat network providers, heat pump manufacturers or waste to energy site developers as your subcontractors
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 heat 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.