£70m investment for energy innovators

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Energy Networks Association has launched the Call for Ideas for the Network Innovation Competition, with up to £70m investment available for energy innovators.

Focusing on Britain’s local electricity networks and overseen by Ofgem, this year’s competition is designed to support a range of large-scale innovation projects in communities across the country.

Network companies and their partners will compete for funding for the development and demonstration of new energy technologies that will help run energy network infrastructure in a smarter, cleaner and more flexible way.

Successful projects from 2019 included:

  1. DC Share project being run by Western Power Distribution which is looking at finding a new way of delivering rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs; and
  2. Resilience as a service (RAAS) being run by SSEN which aims to deliver a project supporting low-carbon solutions for maintaining network resilience.

Proposals will need to fit with the priority areas, set out in the Electricity Network Innovation Strategy.

This year’s focus is on enabling an accelerated pathway to net zero emissions along with developing new ways of addressing customer vulnerability.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said: “We need to be relentless in our focus on innovation. The progress network operators have made to date has helped to significantly cut carbon emissions in the most efficient way possible way for the public.

“This is an exciting chance for innovators to deliver projects that will make a real difference to the way networks operate in communities up and down the country. We want to hear from the widest range of energy innovators as possible to help deliver the smarter, cleaner and more flexible energy system the public need.”

The call for ideas closes on 30th October at 5pm.

Full details of the Call can be found on Energy Networks Association’s Network Innovation Collaboration Portal.

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