The aims of this competition are to:
- Decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks and benefit the consumer
- Improve coordination between networks and other system participants
- Reduce duplication and excessive variation of products, processes, or services
- Reduce complexity, bureaucracy, and barriers to entry
- Improve coordination of emerging innovations across networks, generators, market participants, investors, local & national policy makers, consumers, and other key stakeholders
- Understand consumers’ preferences to inform future market designs which will help to optimise across networks and infrastructures
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 two as the primary focus of the proposed project:
- Current and future needs for energy provision for heat, power, and transport
- Coordinating energy transmission, distribution and system operation across gas and electricity
- Complementary and competing priorities between local, national, and international energy systems
- Evaluating the costs and opportunities of repurposing or decommissioning existing infrastructure or assets
- Assessment of the costs of potential energy demand reduction activities against alternative interventions
- Utilisation of data and development of new approaches which harness greater value from data across organisations
- Future policy and regulatory conditions as well as market designs, which support whole systems approaches for example integrated network planning and whole system operation
Your project should also consider as a primary focus, novel approaches to infrastructure investment, such as:
- Maximising efficiency in large scale network and system investments by taking systems view across generation and demand side changes linked to decarbonisation
- Coordinating approaches to siting assets to deliver more efficient capital investment on the system
- Determining the economic investment required for network resilience and reliability through and beyond the transition
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 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 at least one generator, energy supplier, or consumer group
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 whole system integration 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.