Developing smart and integrated energy systems is crucial to transforming the UK energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions.
UK Government is investing in research and industry to develop future smart energy systems through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER). This challenge will help businesses to expand local energy approaches and by the early 2020s, aims to prove that smarter local energy systems can deliver cleaner and cheaper energy services.
Energy Systems Catapult is playing a central role within PFER through the Energy Revolution Integration Service (ERIS), providing expert guidance and support to selected projects, as well as collaborative opportunities for shared learning. The ERIS vision is:
“to harness the PFER programme to enhance the business case for smart local energy systems as a pathway to decarbonisation through helping key stakeholders overcome barriers.”
ERIS was created as part of PFER to:
- help prevent design and demonstration projects falling in to the “valley of death” typically experienced by technology demonstration programmes that address technological integration challenges
- identify and help PFER Projects resolve wider system issues such as consumer engagement, policy and regulatory alignment, data and communications interoperability, etc.
- facilitate knowledge sharing with the PFER participants and the wider system stakeholders generate evidence-based insight reports to inform decision makers
- provide whole system integration services to the PFER design and demonstration projects
Read about the Catapult’s role in PFER and our hopes for the programme in this Innovate UK blog, with ERIS Director, Eva Gromadzki.
The Challenge and Opportunity
PFER will bring together businesses who, working with local stakeholders and the best research and expertise, will develop and demonstrate new approaches to provide cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy to consumers. These solutions will link low-carbon power, heating and transport systems with energy storage and advanced IT to create intelligent, local energy systems and services.
The government is investing up to £102.5 million in industry and researchers to develop smart systems that can support the global move to renewable energy. These include projects that deliver concept and detailed designs or practical demonstrations of new business models that intelligently link supply, storage and demand in heating, power and transport.
- Smart local energy systems: demonstrators
- Smart local energy systems: concepts and designs
- Smart local energy systems: detailed designs
In collaboration with our stakeholders, the Catapult is developing tools and methodologies that can help projects move closer to real-world implementation of concepts and demonstrators.
ERIS is drawing on the Catapult’s strong portfolio of Capabilities, Assets and highly skilled people to fulfil its vision and help drive the PFER programme and projects forward.
We are providing a consistent and coherent analysis of the maturity, risks and benefits of the smart local energy systems and as the programme progresses, we are also capturing lessons and insights from the programme, making these accessible to those who can influence change. Our main activities include:
- Providing PFER projects with tools and approaches to help de-risk their projects, including ways to assess a project’s readiness to integrate with the energy system, and support to design, test and demonstrate ideas and solutions
- Providing a common language and framework for system thinking in an energy context, to support communication across the PFER programme, provide a coherent approach to exploring common barriers to innovation and to embed whole system awareness
- Developing tools and approaches to provide assurance that projects can meet PFER energy-related objectives, to evaluate the Smart Local Energy Systems in relation to each other and the whole energy system; and to provide an early assessment of supply chains
- Supporting access to common datasets and services, help projects audit and improve the quality of data for use in whole system models, and support secure data sharing within the programme
- Communicating learning from the programme to key stakeholders by delivering independent, objective insight reports on key themes from the PFER programme
As a separate and additional offering, we are also offering sub-contract services to bidders; these may be built into projects as requested.
What others say about ERIS
“The Catapult is playing a central role through the Prospering from the Energy Revolution programme, [helping] deliver demonstrators and a dozen local system concepts designed to show how [smart local energy] systems might work.” – Claire Perry, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy