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Net Zero - Ofgem Round 2: Discovery – Improving energy system resilience and robustness

Project Size:
Award sizes: up to £150,000


This competition is delivered in partnership with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). It is funded by the Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund, which aims to deliver net zero at lowest cost to consumers and support innovative businesses to grow and scale.

Discovery is the first phase of a 3 phase competition:

1. Discovery

2. Alpha

3. Beta

There are 4 challenge competitions in Discovery Phase:

Ofgem Round 2: Supporting a just energy transition

Ofgem Round 2: Preparing for a net zero power system

Ofgem Round 2: Improving energy system resilience and robustness (this competition)

Ofgem Round 2: Accelerating decarbonisation of major energy demands

It is the responsibility of the lead applicant to ensure that they are entering the appropriate challenge competition for their project.

Successful applicants from the Discovery Phase will be invited to apply for the Alpha Phase.

In applying to this Discovery Phase competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be subject to a separate, possibly competitive, procurement exercise.

Funding type - Third-party

Project size - Your Discovery Phase Project must last up to three months and have a total requested funding of no more than £150,000, exclusive of VAT.

Your proposal

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) aims to deliver net zero at lowest cost to consumers and support innovative businesses to grow and scale.

This can include decarbonising gas and electric energy distribution, transmission networks and benefit the consumer. These projects should help shape the future of the gas and electricity networks and succeed commercially where possible.

The aims of this competition are to:

incorporate resilience and robustness as key and measurable considerations into future multi-energy system design

develop technical, organisational and commercial innovation including using novel multi-energy system configurations for increasing system resilience

improve understanding of trade-offs between increasing resilience, robustness and the cost implications and consumer trust and acceptability in the context of a net zero transition

improve understanding of robustness in future energy system configurations and develop solutions to improve and strengthen it

Your project must focus on and address at least one of these areas:

novel approaches to improving resilience using multi-energy systems

strengthening the UK’s energy system robustness to support efficient roll out of new infrastructure

Your project must meet the eligibility criteria of the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), as stipulated in the SIF Governance Document.

Over the three phases, applicants must demonstrate that projects deliver a net benefit to network consumers through:

financial cost reductions (operating the network, energy bills, users of network services)

carbon emission reduction

access to revenues for users of energy network services; or introducing products, process and services that are new to the UK energy market

Your proposal must focus on network innovation that can be deployed or applied to benefit GB energy networks infrastructure, network consumers, operation, and utilisation.

Your project must address:

users and their context

constraints affecting the problem or wider context

opportunities for improvement

environmental impacts

At this stage a Project Direction will be issued for the Discovery Phase only. Only successful applicants from Discovery Phase will be invited to apply for Alpha Phase.

The Alpha Phase of a project will focus on preparing and testing the different solutions to the problem identified during the Discovery Phase ahead of any future large-scale demonstration of the project. It will also include testing of the riskiest assumptions.

Projects we will not fund

Ofgem will not fund projects that do not meet the requirements of the SIF Governance Document.

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