An event showcasing Innovate UK innovation projects and to seek early views on the issues set out in the BEIS/Ofgem Call for Evidence on Smart Systems, and provide information on future innovation support in the smart energy space.
Background: Our energy systems are changing significantly as we strive to become a low-carbon economy and meet our goals by 2050. Over the coming decades we will see an increasingly complex mix and scale of technologies involved in generating, transmitting, distributing and storing energy. How we integrate new supply and demand side technologies and approaches to achieve resilient, affordable and sustainable energy systems is a big challenge and to be successful will require flexibility at all scales from the very local to the national.
We need to consider how our energy systems could adapt to meet the shifting demand from other systems and across multiple energy vectors, e.g. growing numbers of electric vehicles; from increased electric heating and cooling, increased power consumables, changing work patterns, and changing demographics.
Innovation can help to identify, develop and de-risk alternative ‘smart energy solutions’, which can bring flexibility and integration to our energy systems in the future in a way which is more cost-effective and supports de-carbonisation while still providing the necessary security of supply.
UK businesses and the research base are essential to developing innovative smart energy solutions, but businesses – and SMEs in particular – face a wide range of barriers which can deter them from undertaking widescale research, development and demonstration in this area of low carbon innovation.
To help unlock business opportunity in this space, in 2014 Innovate UK ran a competition entitled Localised Energy Systems and funded 15 collaborative projects with £11.5m of support from Innovate UK and EPSRC. Many of these projects are concluding soon and this event will showcase their findings to a wider audience of stakeholders, share key lessons and stimulate discussion on next steps.
10:00 Welcome/Introduction – Innovate UK
10:10 Energy Systems Catapult Overview - Philip New
10:30 Project pitches from LES cohort
11:10 Networking break
11:30 Project pitches from LES cohort and wider audience (e.g. Energy Catalyst, BEIS Innovation programme)
12:10 Distributed ledger technology - Paul Ellis, Electron
12:30 Networking lunch
13:30 Power Networks Demonstration Centre
13:40 Ofgem, update on Innovation Hub
14:10 BEIS/Ofgem Smart energy consultation update and workshop introduction
14:25 Workshop Breakouts (Re smart energy consultation, run by KTN)
15:30 Upcoming opportunities - Innovate UK
About Energy Systems Catapult
The Energy Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre set up to support companies and Government for the development of new products and services to address the new commercial opportunities created by the transformation of UK and global energy systems (covering electricity, heat and combustible gases).
The Catapult’s mission is to bring the worlds of industry, academia and Government together to encourage and support the development of new technology-based products and services in the energy sector. It is a non-profit, non-partisan company limited by guarantee.
For more information please visit es.catapult.org.uk.