Management, engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has been selected by the UK government to support the creation of smart energy and storage systems.According to a release, Mott MacDonald will offer technical advisory, assessment and verification services. CTBR Energy Management Energy Storage states that the consultancy will also assist with the technical development and management of the programme, including a use case tool to evaluate energy storage costs.
Through the its smart energy programme, the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) aims to reduce carbon emissions by accelerating the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes into the 2020s.
Dr Adina Popa, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “This appointment capitalises on our long track-record in assisting the UK Government with the implementation of energy sector innovation competitions, as well as our experience in a wide range of energy storage and smart energy system technologies.”
“Building on our technical skills, this programme provides us with an opportunity to engage with organisations at the forefront of this market at an early stage as we grow our offering in energy innovation sector,” Adina added.
UK smart energy revolution
In related news, A PwC survey shows that a third of industrial firms intend to invest more than £1m in distributed energy solutions by 2022.
According to the findings of the survey of more than 500 businesses, the majority spend under £500k a year on energy needs.
Reporting on the PwC's survey results, edie.net says that "one in five commercial firms plan to spend more than £1m in the next five years on smart technologies such as on-site renewable generation, heat networks, biomass boilers and demand response measures."
Of those that participated in the survey, only 17% said they aim to produce all or almost all of their own power by 2022, while an additional 45% propose to offset grid reliance with some on-site power supply.
Says PwC’s power and utilities leader Steve Jennings said: “As to why customers may be moving away from the grid, there are a number of possible reasons from reducing their cost base or environmental footprint to taking control of their security of supply.
“But while many will agree that technology innovation has the potential to change the B2B energy landscape, our survey shows that barriers remain.”
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