Key features: Investment of up to £11m in a programme of collaborative research and development to stimulate innovation in localised energy systems.
Programme: Collaborative research and development
Award: Up to £11m
Opens: 20 Jan 2014, 00:00
Registration closes: 12 Mar 2014, 12:00
Closes: 19 Mar 2014, 12:00
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Localised energy systems - a cross-sector approach
- energy – integration of renewable energy supplies in places of high demand to reduce the need to reinforce the grid; balancing supply and demand; developing a resilient energy system that is affordable, low carbon and secure; active control and communications systems
- built environment – integrating DC systems and electric vehicle or easy charging systems into buildings; opportunities for delivering packages of infrastructure improvements to improve affordable, adaptable and flexible systems to support growth and reduce capital and revenue costs
- transport – removing the barriers to energy supply for electric vehicle charging at local, regional, and national scale; leveraging the benefits of electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle charging, such as load-levelling; use or deployment of smart-metering; battery reuse (or other energy storage media) to supply periodic localised high-power demands
- digital – a drive for increased engagement in generating, using, and trading energy locally; enhanced data management and security.
systems solutions that balance supply and demand and enable economically viable energy eco systems, including:
- design and modelling
- combination/aggregation of individual technologies
- active management, control and monitoring of energy systems and networks
- customer engagement tools
developing new services for local energy systems, including:
- low carbon vehicle charging/ refuelling (inclusive of hydrogen, methane and other alternative fuels)
- resilient systems services
- demand-side management
- commercial models and trading protocols that enable technologies and systems to be used effectively
- new ways of using/deploying smart metering
integration of individual technologies, including innovative combinations of:
- distributed generation, energy harvesting, storage, heating and cooling and power technologies
- smarter charging/refuelling, and innovative energy storage facilities, for use with electric and alternatively- fuelled vehicles
- DC power systems to supply consumer electronics from DC sources, for example, photovoltaics, fuel cells and batteries, without the need for conversion to AC
preparing for the digital energy era where appliances can intelligently communicate with supply networks to automatically manage energy demand including:
- ICT enabling systems
- tools for managing data, security and use
- communication, sensors.
- projects that focus on individual technology development alone, for example generation technologies, storage media, new battery development, development of smart-meters
- projects that focus on energy efficiency measures for buildings or individual building management systems technologies, as this is covered through our low impact buildings programme.
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Funding allocation and project details
- Competition opens: 20 January 2014
- Competition briefing: 30 January 2014
- Registration deadline: 12 March 2014 noon
- Expressions of interest (EOI) deadline: 19 March 2014 noon
- Stage 2 opens for invited applicants: 7 April 2014
Deadline for invited applications: 22 May 2014