Government funding for innovation in smart energy systems and technologies
As part of this commitment, within the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, BEIS expects to invest up to £70 million in the smart energy systems innovation theme.
Enabling a smarter, more efficient energy system is a priority for government and in the Upgrading our energy system: smart systems and flexibility plan published in July 2017, the government committed up to £70 million to smart energy system innovation.
Across government, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and BEIS expect to invest around £265 million in smart systems research, development, and demonstration.
UK / Canada joint challenge on smart grids and energy storage
The UK and Canada are exploring opportunities for a joint challenge on smart grids and energy storage, totalling just over £11 million (Canadian $20 million) which will support the delivery of the UK’s Industrial Strategy’s Clean Growth Grand Challenge around smart systems for the future.
As we transition to low carbon economies, a lot more will be expected from our energy networks to support other energy intensive sectors such as transportation, industry and heating. Renewable energy such as wind and solar will play an increasingly important role in meeting growing demand for energy. However, existing systems and infrastructure are unable to effectively integrate increasingly distributed sources of renewable energy.
This challenge will look to enhance the flexibility of our grid infrastructure in anticipation of growing levels of distributed energy and smart devices plugging into the grid. These sources may include electric vehicles, smart homes, and distributed energy sources such as solar and storage.
To identify priority barriers and define “what success looks like”, our team is reaching out to stakeholders across the United Kingdom and Canada’s smart grid community to co-create a Smart Energy Systems Challenge.