The UK’s leading utilities industry exhibition, Utility Week Live is fast approaching and the EIC will once again be hosting a large-scale collaborative stand at the annual event.


In partnership with our four DNO partners and National Grid Electricity Transmission the stand will focus on collaborative working and the unified approach to driving transition in the sector.


The stand will also have space for a selection of innovative SMEs to showcase their technologies that link to this year’s theme – TRANSITION.


Each SME will be provided with a small branded pod that will not only allow them to showcase their work but will also give them an unprecedented opportunity to network with the industry’s biggest players.  In addition, there will also be an opportunity for the exhibiting SMEs to take part in the returning Big Energy Pitch, a Dragon’s Den-style pitch event, that will allow them to demonstrate their technologies to a panel of industry experts.


The Big Energy Pitch will be held over two sessions on each day of the exhibition, with a winner being chosen for each.


The EIC is keen to feature up to ten SMEs on their stand, with a view to:


  • Stimulate vibrant and insightful discussions on energy sector challenges – and the dynamic innovations that could help facilitate transition in the sector
  • Reflect a multi-vector approach and allow for engagement with solutions that will deliver wholesale change for the industry.


To further understand the context of transition in the energy sector, visit here.


The Need/Challenge


The EIC is seeking a selection of innovative SMEs working on innovative technologies or solutions that will aid in the facilitation of the transition into a smarter, more flexible energy system, in particular solutions that accelerate or enable:


  • Decentralisation
  • Decarbonisation
  • Digitalisation
  • Allowing homes and businesses to play a key role in the way the energy system operates.


Successful SMEs will be able to demonstrate how their innovative solution can benefit industry, consumers and the environment and will showcase their work as part of a collaborative stand at Utility Week Live. Those also wishing to take part in the Big Energy Pitch will be required to prepare and deliver a presentation of their chosen innovative solution.


Specific requirements


Innovators responding to this call should clearly state why they are best placed to join the EIC at Utility Week Live, providing examples of relevant technologies and demonstrating their relevance to the theme of transition.


Interested SMEs should note that the successful applicants will be asked to pay a subsidised attendance fee of £775 + VAT.


Read the full brief for this innovation call here.


Process for Registering Interest


To register initial interest and request an expression of interest form, please enter your details online. Alternatively, please call the Energy Innovation Centre on 0151 348 8040 and quote the reference number UWL-18-01.


Please note, specific EOI forms are created for each individual Call for Innovation and the matching form will be required to progress any submissions.


The closure date for registering initial interest is 01 March 2019. Please note office open hours are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

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