Grants for U.K. companies for smart energy research


Lord Hunt,
Energy Minister, U.K.
London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — March 29, 2010 – Eight companies and their collaborative partners have been given grants totaling £2.8 million by the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for research and demonstration of smart energy technologies.

The grants, which will support smart grid development to a total value of £7.6 million, are part of the U.K.’s plan to move to smarter energy supplies including smart meters in every home, a smart grid and entire smart cities.

The grants were awarded as follows:

  • Energy Optimizers – for the Plogg-DECC-SG (£12,324)
  • Arqiva Ltd – for the Arqiva smart grid demonstrator (£212,563)
  • Highview Power Storage – for the Slough Heat & Power pilot demonstrator Phase II (£1,109,768)
  • Rltec – Responsive Load Ltd – for a dynamic demand smart grid demonstration (£260,397)
  • Smart Grid Solutions – for demonstration of a fully scalable and interoperable communications hub to manage distributed energy resources on a constrained rural network (£74,332)
  • National Grid – for transmission system operator visibility of embedded generation (£33,000)
  • Scottish Hydro Electric Power – for integrated demand site management and energy storage (£1,049,600)
  • SP Distribution – for the Clyde Gateway Smart Grid (£49,500).

“These projects will place the U.K. on a solid platform to pursue larger scale and integrated projects in the future,” said U.K. Energy minister Lord Hunt. “Globally the business of developing smart grids has been estimated at £27 billion over the next 5 years and the U.K. has the know-how to be part of that. We want to give companies the opportunities and the support to make sure we develop the technologies we need.”

The grants were allocated out of the Smart Grid Capital Grant Program, which was announced in December alongside the launch of the U.K.’s smart grid vision (see Smart grid vision for U.K. developed). The Program is being funded with up to £6 million from the Low Carbon Investment Fund to demonstrate smart grid technology during 2009/10 and 2010/11.

Smart grids are expected to have the potential to generate significant export earnings for the U.K.