The Catapult and University of Strathclyde aim to support SMEs with new pilot programme

Energy Systems Catapult and the University of Strathclyde, through the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), have committed to support SMEs in transforming the UK energy system through a new innovative pilot programme.

 The two organisations have signed an agreement with the aim to seek out opportunities and help innovators, particularly SMEs, to evolve the UK energy system. Through this agreement, the Catapult and the PNDC will address systems integration challenges and issues posed by the evolution of the energy systems, such as data management, communications and control systems.

Philip New, Chief Executive of the Catapult, said: “The Catapult is always looking for new ways to support British industry and innovation and unleash the energy opportunity. The signing of this agreement with PNDC is a constructive step forward in delivering this.”

Mr New continued: “We will be starting a pilot programme to support SMEs by providing lower cost access to both low and high voltage test time and development support. The pilot will test the proposition, inform possible improvements, and I hope build a platform that can develop into a sustainable mechanism that accelerates SME innovation. Our two organisations will also explore barriers to innovation relating to testing, certification and standards.”

David Rutherford, Chief Executive of the University of Strathclyde’s PNDC said: “This presents an exciting opportunity to truly accelerate innovations to help deliver the new energy paradigm. The PNDC’s facilities, coupled with academic, research and industry expertise, will enable SMEs to access our distribution and simulation environments to assist with development and commercialisation of their solutions.  We are delighted to be working with the Energy Systems Catapult on this initiative.”