The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners for two projects launched as part of its £100m Smart Systems and Heat Programme.
According to ETI, 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.
The projects announced today are research projects that 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 study that 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 that 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 £100m 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.
ETI says it has 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 31 August with the closing date for submissions for the Enabling Technologies project on 5 October and the closing date for submissions for the Value Management project on 28 September. The ETI will be holding a bidding workshop for both projects on 22 August at the Donington Park Conference Centre in Leicestershire.