Non-domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition

Funding opportunity:

Non-domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition

Status:

Closed

Funder and programme:

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)

Funding:

Up to £ 200,000 (Phase 1, feasibility studies); Up to £ 100,000 (Phase 2, testing)

Phase 1 opens:

27/11/2017

Phase 1 closes:

09/02/2018 (12 noon)

The government is planning to commit up to £8.8 million to develop innovative approaches to energy management using smart meter data, tailored to the needs of smaller non-domestic sites.

The Non-Domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition aims to drive innovation in the energy services market in 3 priority non-domestic sectors:

  • hospitality
  • retail
  • schools.

The competition will help such non-domestic organisations cut their energy costs and be more energy efficient, enabling them to boost productivity and contribute to UK emissions reduction targets. It will also develop and strengthen the market for energy management products and services for smaller non-domestic sites, including both independent businesses and chains.

Up to 9 projects, distributed across these 3 sectors, will be selected to receive initial funding to develop innovative energy management solutions using smart meter data.

The total potential value of the Competition is up to £8.8m (up to £7.3m for the Competition and up to £1.5m for a research and evaluation contractor), although BEIS may allocate less than this depending on the quality of the applications. The Competition will be delivered in three main phases:

  • Phase 1 – Feasibility studies and developing smart meter software/data tools. A maximum of £1.8m will be available in total for Phase 1 feasibility studies, with a maximum expected value of £200k per project (or more if proposals cover more than one target segment/strand).
  • Phase 2 – Initial testing with customer organisations and development/testing of supporting energy advice. Approximately £50-100k per project will be available for initial feasibility testing (a maximum of £675k will be available in total for Phase 2).
  • Phase 3 – Roll out/further testing of the tools, with supporting energy management advice and engagement approaches. A maximum of £4.825m will be available in total for the Phase 3 projects).

Up to nine innovation projects will be funded through the Competition (two to four projects across each of the target strands). The Competition will be phased, initially developing smart meter software/data tools (phase 1), followed by initial testing with customer organisations (Phase 2) and roll out/further testing of the tools, with supporting energy management advice and engagement approaches (Phase 3).

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• Identification of appropriate grants and competition calls for proposals
• Partner search for collaborative Research & Innovation
• Bid writing
• Project management
• Audit compliance
• Commercialisation
• Business Planning
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