Smart energy innovators wanted for India and Thailand

Published: 5 November 2020

Energy Systems Catapult has created the Energy Launchpad International – with the export of smart energy innovations to India and Thailand being the first mission to take-off.

The Energy Launchpad International will select up to 8 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for each country to receive acceleration support in preparation for a virtual mission to India and Thailand.

This Innovator Challenge – Smart Energy Innovations for International Markets – is supported by the Prosperity Fund at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and in partnership with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for International Trade (DIT).

With SME exports falling from over 50% of the UK total in 2008 to less than one-third (32%) a decade later, an investigation by Catapult researchers has found the biggest obstacles to export are “planning and identifying opportunities” and “a lack of support in handling the risks that come with targeting new markets.”

Comprising a dedicated team within the Catapult, the new Energy Launchpad International, drawing on technical energy system expertise, access to incubation and acceleration support, and international experience, to provide deep market insights and ‘end-to-end’ export support to SMEs through targeted activities and in-country networks.

Smart energy innovations to export to India or Thailand could include:

  • Innovative low carbon building retrofit solutions for generation and local and/or community energy storage
  • Interoperable digital platforms or control systems for power (DC or AC), heat and cooling, and transport to provide flexible operation of the whole energy system and/or support the adoption of smart local energy systems
  • Microgrid solutions
  • EV charging products and solutions
  • Data Services that improve forecasting, balancing and investment decisions
  • Solar generation and battery storage solutions
  • Smart network management and control systems, including smart metering applications, voltage optimisation, frequency optimisation and flexibility
  • Trading platforms, including Peer-to-Peer trading solutions, blockchain and/or billing systems

Energy Launchpad International, Paul Jordan, said: “SME exports have declined as a share of UK exports over the past decade.

“This suggests that UK innovators are lacking the support they need to realise their export potential and generate the economic and employment benefits the UK should expect.

“Yet UK innovators have the potential to be global market leaders in areas such as smart energy systems, but they need end-to-end help to accelerate the capture of those export opportunities.

“We are thrilled to have BEIS, FCDO and DIT support to pilot the Energy Launchpad International.

“Our first international innovator challenge will build on existing UK Prosperity Fund investment to demonstrate how delivering assistance across the full export roadmap for countries like India and Thailand, in partnership with the UK overseas support network, will have major impact and secure long-term benefits for the UK supply chain.”

How to apply

Closing date for applications is noon on Monday the 30th of November 2020.

For more information and the application for this Innovator Challenge call HERE.