5th October 2012
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking to employ up to three organisations to deliver a three-month project to understand and identify current energy system information and communications technology (ICT) capabilities for smart energy systems.
The project is part of the ETI’s £100 million Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) technology programme, which was launched in April by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. The aim of the programme is to design and demonstrate the first of its kind smart energy system in the UK.
The ETI is seeking for this project organisations that have a history of delivering ICT focused research, which will be tested in the selection process.
The Smart Systems and Heat programme will depend on information and communications technology (ICT) for its efficient design, operation and management. The ICT system will need to provide improved functionality to the energy chain: from supply side to the end consumer. Furthermore, any ICT system deployed will need to support commercial activities such as billing as well as supporting interrogation and data analysis as part of any future trial.
The ETI is a public-private partnership focused on the acceleration of the development of affordable, sustainable and secure technologies that will help the UK meet its 2050 climate change targets.
Steven Gibbs, the ETI Project Manager for SSH, said: “The ETI’s national energy modelling work identifies more efficient use of energy as an immediate development priority for the UK. This project is the first stage in the development of a robust ICT system which will be a critical component in the design of the smart energy system, which the ETI will eventually demonstrate.”
The deadline for notification of an intention to submit a proposal is 12th October with the closing date for submission the 2nd November.
Notes to Editors:
For further information, please call Richard Robinson at the ETI on 01509 202026 or 07500 049626
• Hitachi and Hitachi Europe Ltd which has a UK base in Maidenhead is the ETI’s programme associate in the ETI’s Smart Systems and Heat programme. Hitachi has committed to collaborate on the programme which will be undertaken alongside other large companies, UK SMEs and leading academics.
• The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between global industries – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government
• Public sector representation is through 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.