Our Living Lab has a few openings left for this winter – but be quick

The Living Lab is the ideal test and validation tool to accelerate your offering to market – with a limited number of places left to run real-world, cost-effective trials this winter.

If you are an innovator striving to:

  • Provide high quality low carbon energy solutions
  • Design digital products and services for homes
  • Unlock new potential market opportunities

The Living Lab provides rapid access to technical validation and consumer insight to help you commercialise your products and services,.


Living Lab

With 100 digitally connected smart-homes, the Living Lab is truly open, interoperable and scalable – after undergoing significant upgrades over six-months in 2020 – including a new digital integration platform.

Innovative businesses can rapidly design, market-test and launch smart energy innovations that can be integrated with mainstream smart heating controls, smart meters, IoT devices, and electric vehicle chargers.


A number of organisations have already utilised the Living Lab and are now accelerating propositions to market, have successfully gained investment or had their technologies qualify for low carbon support schemes.

The Living Lab was recently endorsed by the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology as a key place to trial and experiment with zero carbon technology and policy. In addition, the Living Lab recently underwent a significant upgrade with a new digital integration platform – making the connected homes fully open, interoperable and scalable.

Trial your product this winter

To help you test this winter, we’ve packaged three of our most popular Living Lab trials. We also offer a bespoke trial and would be happy to have further discussions with you on your requirements.

If you would like to test your product or service this winter, please contact us straight away. Applications for this winter will be closing imminently.

Living Lab packages available

You can install a single product in five of our existing domestic Living Lab homes this November 2020*, and the trial will run for six months to May 2021. 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.


Technical Validation Trial


Consumer Validation Trial


Both Technical & Consumer Trials


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.
  • We capture any questions that the trial participants may have during the trial and forward these onto 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 ½ day workshop. The workshop aims to help you understand issues and risks associated with your solution by raising awareness of and assessing maturity against 8 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.
    We capture any questions that the trial participants may have during the trial and forward these onto you for response.
  • As part of your package, we will carry out online consumer research with trial participants for the duration of 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 ½ day workshop. The workshop aims to help you understand issues and risks associated with your solution by raising awareness of and assessing maturity against 8 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.

* 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.

 

Our Living Lab has a few openings left for this winter – but be quick