INNOVATION Calls

Improving data visibility on UK distribution networks

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), a world class smart grid testing and development centre located within the University of Strathclyde, is launching an SME competition to help enable visibility of data for power networks. The scope of this competition is intentionally wide with a view to stimulating and uncovering a large number of SME’s that are, or could in the future provide new data monitoring solutions that will help accelerate the U.K smart grid transformation.

The PNDC is looking to stimulate a response from start-up/small/medium sized organisations that have the capability to provide data on power networks.

Key aspects of the technology solution might include:

  • The parameters being recorded (e.g. voltage, current, frequency, temperature etc)
  • The local data management activity
  • The interface to an appropriate communication media
  • The ability of the device(s) to power themselves by battery/ harvesting or direct connection means
  • The nature of sourcing information – is it via a physical connection or by enabling some means of proximity connection (i.e. Utilising Low Power Wide Area Networks)

Distribution networks in particular require new effective methods of creating visibility. This competition offers a platform to complement some of the existing industry projects but also to stimulate new providers with technology applications that may be appropriate for this sector.

“This is an exciting phase for power networks and this competition is one avenue to help the emerging supplier base share their innovative solutions with this changing sector” David Rutherford, CEO.

To qualify:

  • UK registered company
  • Turnover less then £5m p.a
  • Must provide answers to all sections of the entry form.

The winners will receive: 

  • A chance for 1 start up/ SME to sit on one of the PNDC’s core research program theme areas of for a period one year.
  • Access to quarterly innovation meetings at the PNDC with DNO and industrial partners
  • Opportunity to help develop their solution in direct consultation with DNO’s.
  • Access to the PNDC’s real distribution network for demonstrating the solution to our DNO members.
  • A chance to contribute to the PNDC’s R&D program and help accelerate the solution to commercial deployment

Timescales are as follows:

  • Closing Date – 7th April 2017
  • Shortlisted Announced – 20th April 2017
  • Shortlisted Presentations – 4th May 2017
  • Winner notified – W/C 15th May 2017

Register your interest below or by calling us on 0151 348 8042. The deadline for returning entries is the 7th April 2017.