30th July 2012
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners for two projects launched as part of its £100 million Smart Systems and Heat Programme. The programme has an aim to design a first of its kind Smart Energy System in the UK.
Both projects are part of the first stage of the programme, which is focused on design methodology and system design through gaining a greater understanding of markets, technologies and consumer behaviour – both now and in the future.
The projects announced today are research projects which the ETI wants to help identify which technologies require further development and establish how smart systems can operate commercially and cost-effectively. The projects will complement a consumer behaviour study which the ETI is already undertaking in the programme to understand the dynamics of consumer demand.
The first project will focus on a technology review and gap analysis of the potential technologies which may be included within a smart energy system. The second will evaluate how value can be delivered across a smart systems supply chain, helping to build knowledge to determine how any system design can effectively deliver the energy services required by consumers. Both projects will last for up to six months.
The ETI’s Smart Systems and Heat programme was launched by the Prime Minister in Japan in April, and with an allocated budget of £100 million is the largest in its portfolio. It is focused on the design and provision of energy services to UK domestic and commercial customers in a manner that is affordable, secure and sustainable. The programme has a primary focus on the area of heating and hot water.
Matthew Barton, Smart Systems and Heat Programme Manager at the ETI, said: "The ETI’s modelling work has identified energy efficiency as a key development priority for the UK. We are at the start of the programme so we are heavily involved in knowledge building. With these two projects we are seeking partners who have experience in smart systems design but also have an understanding of the market dynamics they are employed within. The outcomes from both projects will make a big contribution to the final design and development of our system demonstration."
The ETI has today issued two Request for Proposals for parties interested in participating in either project. The deadline for notification of an intention to submit a proposal for either project is the 31st August with the closing date for submissions for the Enabling Technologies project the 5th October and the closing date for submissions for the Value Management project the 28th September. The ETI will be holding a bidding workshop for both projects on August 22nd at the Donington Park Conference Centre in Leicestershire.
To view Matthew Barton explaining the RfPs click here
Notes to Editors
For further information, please call Richard Robinson, Media Relations Manager at the ETI on 01509 202026 or 07500 049626
● The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government.
● Public sector representation is through the administration of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with funding channelled through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are observers on the Board.
● The ETI is focused on accelerating the deployment of affordable, secure low-carbon energy systems for 2020 to 2050 by demonstrating technologies, developing knowledge, skills and supply-chains and informing the development of regulation, standards and policy.