Ofgem, with the support of Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as its delivery partner, has identified four new Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) Innovation Challenge areas.
The purpose of the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) is to support network innovation that contributes to the achievement of net zero, while delivering net benefits to energy consumers.
The four new Innovation Challenge areas are:
• Supporting a just energy transition Delivering net zero technologies and services that works for all consumers whilst protecting the vulnerable
• Preparing for a net zero power system Supporting the safe and reliable operation of a net zero power system by 2035
• Improving energy system resilience and robustness Strengthening whole system resilience and robustness to achieve net zero
• Accelerating decarbonisation of major energy demands Enable cost-effective integration of heat and transport decarbonisation solutions aligned to net zero timescales
Ideas can be submitted now for consideration by the Energy Networks, and the SIF submission portal is due to open in early September 2022.
Find out how you can get involved with each challenge by heading to the EIC's opportunities page.