Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) is playing a central coordinating role in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Prospering from the Energy Revolution.
Launched by UK Research and Innovation, ESC will deliver project integration, innovation services and technical expertise through the ‘‘Energy Revolution Integration Service’, ensuring the projects are coherent with the whole energy system and add up to more than the sum of their parts.
What is the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Prospering from the Energy Revolution?
UK Government is investing in research and industry to develop future smart energy systems and prove their use at scale. ISCF – Prospering from the Energy Revolution will bring together businesses working with the best research and expertise to develop and demonstrate new approaches to provide cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy. This includes providing energy in ways that consumers want by linking low-carbon power, heating and transport systems with energy storage and advanced IT to create intelligent, local energy systems and services – with the aim of increasing efficiency, cutting bills and carbon, and creating more high value jobs.
UK organisations/consortia can apply to Innovate UK for a share of up to £41.5 million to organise world-leading practical demonstrations of smart energy systems or to design new concepts. The fund is split into two parts:
Up to £40 million available for three smart local energy systems: demonstrators that intelligently link supply, storage and demand patterns across power, heating and transport. The result will be a dynamic energy system that can:
- dramatically reduce whole system energy costs and emissions
- transform services to users
- improve efficiency, productivity and resilience
- reduce environmental impacts.
While up to £1.5 million is available for studies into smart local energy systems: concepts and designs that combine new and existing energy technologies with:
- smart systems
- new market and regulatory solutions, such as for energy trading
- consumer engagement.
Find out more and how to apply here: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Prospering from the Energy Revolution.
What is the Energy Revolution Integration Service?
Through the Energy Revolution Integration Service, ESC will play a coordinating role by providing successful bids with project integration guidance, innovation services and technical expertise.
As an independent, technology-agnostic organisation, we are uniquely placed to utilise our strong portfolio of capabilities, assets and highly skilled people to help government, academics and business to drive the PFER programme forward.
In collaboration with our stakeholders we will develop tools, methodologies and capabilities that can drive forward real-world implementation of concepts and demonstrators. We will provide a consistent and coherent analysis of the maturity, risks and benefits of the smart local energy systems, deliver guidance to projects, and gather insights from across the programme, making these accessible to people who can make change happen.
Through ERIS we are providing the following offerings:
- Programme coordination
- Project guidance
- Benefits analysis
- Data management
- Learning and dissemination
- Evaluation assistance
Separately, we are also offering additional sub-contracting services to bidders; these may be built into projects in coordination with ESC (where appropriate) and include:
- Whole systems perspective
- Regulatory and policy guidance
- Consumer insight
- Data science services
- Local Area Energy Planning (EnergyPath™ Networks and IE Heat)
- National transition modelling
- Business models
- Advice on test and demonstration
- IoT platforms
For more information and to make an enquiry, please use our dedicated email address: info_ISCF_PER@es.catapult.org.uk