Developing smart energy systems driven by new technologies is crucial to transforming the UK energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions.
However, innovators working to deliver disruptive energy system changes that would maximise the benefits to society face multiple barriers. Investable, scalable and replicable solutions are essential to pave the way for £billions in private finance, which will ensure wider societal, environmental and economic benefits for everyone.
UK Government is investing in research and industry to develop future smart energy systems by launching its 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 coordinating role through the ‘Energy Revolution Integration Service’ (ERIS), within PFER, ensuring that projects receive consistent expert advice and guidance, taking into account impacts on the wider energy system. Our role will facilitate interaction between industry, academia and government, enabling the programme to add up to more than the sum of its parts.
The Challenge and Opportunity
Transforming the UK energy system to be clean, secure and affordable will create huge global markets for expertise in integrated energy efficiency solution. The Clean Growth Challenge is one of the Industrial Strategy’s Grand challenges. The PFER programme’s long-term aims are to increase efficiency, cut bills and carbon, and create more high value jobs in the UK.
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.
Selected UK consortia share of up to £41.5 million from Innovate UK to organise world-leading practical demonstrations of smart energy systems or design new concepts. The fund is split into two parts:
- 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.
- 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 here: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Prospering from the Energy Revolution
Energy Systems Catapult is providing successful project consortia – businesses, local stakeholders, academia and others – with project integration guidance, innovation services and technical expertise through ERIS.
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 are developing tools, methodologies and capabilities that can drive forward real-world implementation of concepts and demonstrators. We are providing a consistent and coherent analysis of the maturity, risks and benefits of the smart local energy systems, and are working with projects providing guidance and advice. We will also gather and share insights across the programme, making these accessible to those who can make change happen.
Separately, we are also offering additional sub-contract services to bidders; these may be built into projects in coordination with the Catapult.
Please get in touch if you wish to discuss any of these opportunities with us.