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Funding news - 04/12/2017

Electric Vehicle Charging, Sustainable Energy Solutions SBRI Competition - Phase One Open

Phase one of a Small Business Research Initiative competition to develop an integrated and scalable low carbon electric vehicle charging solution.

Innovate UK (IUK) operates Small Business Research Initiatives (SBRIs) to stimulate innovative solutions to challenges faced by the public sector. This SBRI competition is designed to support the Scottish Government's Programme for Government which sets out new targets and objectives for both carbon reduction and electric vehicles (EVs).

To achieve these, Edinburgh needs an integrated innovation energy solution that can cater for future mass market potential. This competition will therefore support the development of an integrated and scalable low carbon electric vehicle (EV) charging solution.

Projects should offer smart grid, storage and generation capabilities, to overcome the current limitations imposed by EV charging infrastructure. The solution should incorporate renewable on-site generation, battery storage, bi-directional smart meters and an innovative software system. Each of the technological components should complement one another. This will create a closed-loop, innovative EV charging solution with smart grid, vehicle-to-grid and capacity management capabilities.

This competition has two phases. In phase one, R&D contracts will be awarded to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the proposed solution. The total fund value of phase one is £80,000. It is anticipated that projects will range in size up to total costs of £20,000 per applicant. Up to four projects will be funded for a period of up to six months. A decision to proceed with phase two will depend on the outcomes from the first phase. Only successful applicants from phase one will be able to take part in phase two.

Business organisations of any size may apply. They may work alone or with other organisations in the business, research base or third sector. Applications are welcome from organisations that bring together a consortium of sector specialists.

Applicants must register their interest by midday on 7 February 2018.

Source: Innovate UK (IUK), 04/12/2017

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