Energy industry companies collaborate to encourage SMEs to innovate

Chief collaborators: Denise Massey and Philip New
Chief collaborators: Denise Massey and Philip New

The Energy Systems Catapult and the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) have signed a landmark agreement to develop and enhance innovation across the energy sector.

The Catapult was set up to support companies and government in the development of new products and services to address the new commercial opportunities created by the transformation of UK and global energy systems.

It is a non-profit, non-partisan company limited by guarantee. In addition to developing its own globally unique technical capabilities in whole systems approaches it will act as an ‘impartial broker’, prioritising the opening up of new markets and the promotion of British skills and strengths

The EIC was launched in 2008 to accelerate the discovery, development and deployment of innovation among the transmission and distribution network operators that power homes and businesses across the UK.

With offices in Glasgow and London, the EIC supports SMEs and innovators to attract support from the large energy network operators who can help propel their technologies to the next stage.

EIC supports the innovation ambitions of industry partners from the gas, electricity and renewables sectors by helping them to discover clever technologies and ideas that meet their challenges.

Partners include the two Scottish utility giants and the EIC also has a partnership agreement with the Glasgow-based Offshore Renewable Energy catapult.

Philip New, Chief Executive, Energy Systems Catapult, commented: “Innovation has a vital role to play if the energy industry is to thrive – innovation across the whole system: technology, business models, operating models, customers and markets is needed.”

Denise Massey, Managing Director, EIC said: “This is a very exciting partnership as it will enhance and expand the scope of our offering to our SME customers. In turn, this will enable us to deliver increased value to the energy network operators who are looking for innovative technologies from these companies.”

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