Here at the EIC we pride ourselves on our Hub – a shared digital platform which brings our network partners and you, our innovation community, together.  To collaborate and develop innovative solutions for the UK energy networks. 


The needs of the energy industry are forever changing, and with the RIIO-2 price control period now firmly underway there are 5 key areas in which the UK energy networks are looking to innovate over the next 5 years: Consumer vulnerability, Net zero and energy system transition, Optimised assets and practices, Flexibility and commercial evolution and Whole energy systems. 


With such diverse innovation requirements from the UK energy networks, our innovation community is equally diverse and forever growing to help innovate for the energy industry, whilst giving both established and new innovators opportunities to grow and take their innovations from idea to business as usual. 


In this blog we outline the 5 reasons you should join the EIC Hub and be part of the change in the UK energy industry. 


Access to industry 


With key contacts within the energy industry, we support innovators by facilitating conversations between you and key industry decision makers. Through our networking events and ‘Meet the Networks’ webinars, we help innovators speak directly to the industry, where they can raise important questions, gather insight on innovation requirements and understand further how the networks are collaborating. 


Access to funding 


Our Funding Finder is available for innovators to search for relevant funding and it also exists to ensure that innovators are given the right facilities to develop and support their innovations. It is regularly updated so that innovators always have access to information and guidance on live funding opportunities. 


Quality insight and resources 


We offer a range of resources which provide innovators with key insights and information. Alongside this, our Single Industry Calendar consolidates important industry events that innovators can leverage to network and meet other likeminded innovators and industry decision makers.  


We also have a Testing Facilities Map which highlights several testing and demonstration facilities available for innovators with a range of capabilities that can be suited to your needs. You can access these resources, including industry support guides via our Innovator Support page


Project support 


If you are successful in responding to a Call for Innovation or Industry Challenge, our proven processes drive the next steps and facilitate your conversations and engagement with the networks. A dedicated EIC engineer will work with you and oversee the entire process, ensuring that you feel supported and can break down any barriers to entry. 


Access to the latest innovation opportunities 


Our Hub showcases the latest Calls for Innovation and Industry Challenges that you can respond to, for the opportunity to innovate with our network partners. Our Calls for Innovation are updated on a regular basis, in line with the innovation requirements of our network partners. You can find out more about our latest innovation opportunities here.   


To take advantage of the above highlights, and more, register for the Hub here

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Achieving net zero targets is one of the biggest challenges facing the energy and utilities industry, but by innovating together we can drive change and deliver a decarbonised future. Our industry partners are always looking for innovative new solutions to the challenges they face, including net zero, which is why we provide a platform where innovators like you can respond to the latest innovation opportunities and challenges, and submit your innovative ideas. Our expert team have an extensive knowledge base, allowing us to consistently help our partners to address challenges, and to support our innovation community. This enables innovators and industry to come together and build a strong innovation culture and streamline innovation processes.