Perth and Kinross council (PKC), in collaboration with the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund and Innovate UK will be running a SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) two phase competition, starting on the 31st Jan 2019. PKC aims to explore innovative technologies and processes to design and develop solutions and prototype a functional Smart Energy Network in the PKC estate.
The primary goal is to develop and test a prototype Smart Energy Management platform (that will form the core of a Smart Energy Network) that has the ability to generate renewable energy and trade/transfer that energy to an unconnected council site for storage and use, with the primary aim of reducing the council’s energy costs.
The deregulation of the energy market has opened up new possibilities and opportunities in the development of energy management systems. The ability to generate, store and trade energy at distance, between unconnected sites is a revolution in energy management. These new smart, flexible energy systems offer great potential for any organisation that manages a dispersed and diverse portfolio of properties such as a council or the NHS or Police or MoD, with the potential to reduce energy costs and the carbon footprint of the organisation that can successfully implement such a system.
After a competitive selection process, PKC has chosen the five project teams to take on this challenge in Phase 1 of the competition. They are –
Team Lead – iPower Energy Ltd with Urban Chain Ltd, Kiwi Power Ltd & PureDrive Energy Ltd
Team Lead – StorTera with Solo Energy
Team Lead – New Resource Partners with SMP
Team lead – Scene Connect Ltd with Locogen & Swanbarton
Team Lead – Energievan with Energy eXchange Enablers & Bax & Co
Perth and Kinross Council is looking forward to working with all the teams in this exciting development in Energy Management Systems and we wish all the Phase 1 teams the very best of fortune for a productive and beneficial competition.