Are you bidding into the current Innovate UK Smart Grants?

To help innovators bidding into Smart Grants, we’ve packaged three of our most popular Living Lab test and demo trials to provide access to real domestic homes to test energy product or service. Our Living Lab is the ideal solution for energy providers, device manufacturers and technology companies to trial a range of products, services, business models and market arrangements in our government-backed 200-home test bed.

With new digital integration platform developed by SysMech, the Living Lab ensures interoperability and enables you to:

  • install energy products and smart devices quickly and easily into real homes
  • trial propositions with mainstream smart controls
  • carry out behind-the-meter flexibility service trials
  • test your customer value propositions with real consumers
  • access a wealth of consumer and technical data to rapidly design, market-test and launch your energy innovations.

If you’re thinking about bidding into Smart Grants, or even preparing a bid and want to discuss how our Living Lab could help deliver your project, please contact our commercial lead, Marc Brown at marc.brown@es.catapult.org.uk. The Smart Grants competition closes on Wednesday 26 May 2021.

 

LIVING LAB PACKAGES

You can install a single product in five of our existing domestic Living Lab homes and the trial will run for six months. As part of the trial, we will review your marketing collateral and provide ideas on how to enhance it. We will use this marketing collateral to recruit homes into your trial. We will arrange the appointments for you to install your product and if required arrange the decommissioning appointments too. You can also schedule these yourself if you prefer to do so.

The Test and Demo trials available:

  1. Technical validation – £20,000
  2. Consumer validation – £25,000
  3. Technical and consumer validation – £40,000


Technical Validation Trial

What is included:

  • Data from Living Lab homes is collected via the Catapult’s digital platform and analysed by our expert Data Science team.
  • Data that you collect from your device is shared with us, and this is also analysed by our expert Data Science team. All analysis undertaken during the 5-home trial will be shared with you.
  • You provide the trial participants with a way to raise questions during the trial. We will pass any questions we may receive on to you for response.
  • At the end of the trial, we will provide you with a short report summarising the data analysis and insight on the technical performance of your product**.
  • As part of your package, you will also receive an Aspects of Integration workshop. The workshop aims to help you understand issues and risks associated with your solution by raising awareness of and assessing maturity against a set of fundamental integration perspectives.
  • You can upgrade this trial, for example, you can increase the number of homes, commission a more detailed analysis of the data, run for a longer trial period etc. For all upgrade enquiries please contact us.

 

Consumer Validation Trial

What is included:

  • Once your product is installed or your service is up and running, our Consumer Insight team will conduct two 45-minute consultations with each of the five participants.
  • You provide the trial participants with a way to raise questions during the trial. We will pass any questions we may receive on to you for response.
  • We will also carry out online consumer research with the 5 trial participants during the trial, allowing them to privately comment, provide feedback, upload video etc. in a less formal research setting.
  • Material from the interviews and blogs will be collected and analysed by our expert Consumer Insight team. Data we collect from the five trial homes can also be shared with you.
  • At the end of the trial you will receive a report summarising the consumer insight analysis, providing real-world insight on the ‘lived experience’ for your product or service**.
  • As part of your package, you will also receive an Aspects of Integration workshop. The workshop aims to help you understand issues and risks associated with your solution by raising awareness of and assessing maturity against a set of fundamental integration perspectives.
  • You can upgrade this trial, for example, you can increase the number of homes, commission a more detailed analysis of the data, run for a longer trial period etc. For all upgrade enquiries please contact us.

 

Both Technical and Consumer Validation Trial

What is included:

  • By purchasing both of these packages together, you can save £5,000 on the list price. Contact us to find out more.

 

What else can Living Lab help with?

We want to accelerate your innovation from idea to impact with the least effort. To help you we have a range of additional services, such as:

For more information on the Living Lab click here.

* ESC cannot guarantee the final number of participants in your trial.
** This is a standard report which we have created for these trials. If you wish to have further analysis, you can upgrade the analysis and reporting.

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Are you bidding into the current Innovate UK Smart Grants?