Who we are

Innovation isn't easy, but it drives the world we live in. That's why 12 years ago, the UK energy networks decided that it made sense to work together to bring innovation forward and improve performance as the world transitions to a low carbon economy. Today the EIC is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by seven utility partners working with 7000+ innovators across the world. Over 130 calls for innovation have been launched and 85% of these calls have been successful in sourcing a solution.

What we do

The EIC provides a shared platform to bring our partners and our innovator community together, in order to facilitate processes that take innovation projects from an idea to business as usual. Our dedicated team of technical and commercial experts work alongside industry and innovators, to make the journey happen.

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How does the EIC benefit your business

Innovator Benefits

Access to industry
Access to funding
Industry insight
Project support
Support in commercialisation

Industry Partner Benefits

Providing access to a diverse and global innovation community
Supporting them to develop strong relationships and embed innovation cultures
Facilitating cross-sector collaboration and the sharing of best practice
Providing project development and delivery support
Managing innovation calls
Scouting for new technologies
Successful calls to our innovator community

Our Expertise

Our expert team have an extensive knowledge base, allowing us to consistently deliver rapid solutions to business challenges. On average it takes 8-10 weeks from call launch to potential solutions being presented and we have a proven success rate: 85% of calls to our innovator community have a successful outcome.

We facilitate relationships to accelerate the discovery, development and deployment of solutions into business as usual.
We create access to difficult to reach areas such as funding, projects, people, and ideas.
We simplify the process by which industry partners provide access to third parties allowing greater exploration of operational challenges and the discovery of innovative new ways of working that deliver tangible savings to consumers.

Our Team

Our most valuable asset are our people and the relationships that they have with our innovation community and industry. Each one of our commercial and technical colleagues is committed to working closely with all parties to build consensus and win-win outcomes.

Denise Massey
Managing Director

Denise Massey has been Managing Director of the EIC (Energy Innovation Centre) since the company’s foundation in 2008. Denise led the company from start-up to successful not for profit business, and now heads a highly successful and growing team of technical and commercial specialists. Denise and her team work alongside innovators and industry towards securing a safe, resilient and environmentally sustainable future for utilities, globally. In the UK, Denise fosters collaboration and partnerships across many stakeholders, and supports both water companies and gas and electricity energy networks with their innovation challenges. She also works closely with regulatory bodies and government, including Ofwat, Ofgem and BEIS. Denise is actively involved in redefining the innovation ambition of the UK’s energy sector and looking to support the water sector in its ambition, always aiming to champion the interests of third party and innovator community which currently stands at over 7000 active innovators.

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Our History

EIC founded with electricity distribution networks.
Ofgem endorses EIC.
EIC becomes a not-for-profit ltd company. Gas distribution networks join.
New industry partner - The Energy Systems Catapult.
New industry partner - Ervia.
SGN, Yorkshire Water, Anglian Water & Northumbrian Water are now members of the EIC.

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Over the past decade our global innovation community has grown from strength to strength and is made up of a diverse range of proven problem solvers that think outside the box and have cutting-edge ideas and specialist skills to drive innovation.

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We offer a wealth of resources to support innovators and help them to propel their technologies to the next stage.

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