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SBRI: Perth Smart Energy Network project & information event

22/08/2018

Perth and Kinross Council, supported by the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund and Innovate UK, is holding an R&D competition to explore innovative technologies, develop design solutions and prototype a functional Smart Energy Network.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. The aim of the competition is to develop a smart, flexible energy system in the various sites of the estate of Perth and Kinross council (PKC). For example, this could involve generating energy at a school and receiving, storing and using that energy at a care home.

This system will work inside the estate to manage and control:

  • the generation of renewable energy
  • its storage and use
  • the trade of excess energy inside and outside of the PKC estate

Smart systems are a new development in energy management that offer great potential. They want to find solutions that use innovative technologies and processes to deliver a functional pilot smart energy network.

If generated renewable energy could be traded between council sites as part of a smart energy network, it would enable the council to optimise energy generation, storage and usage across its estate. This would reduce the overall energy costs and carbon emissions of the council.

This competition is being supported by the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund.

For further information eligibility, scope & important dates please click here

There will also be an information event for this competition in Perth, from 10am-2pm on 28th August. Places are limited so for more information and to book your place please click here