This Call for Innovation seeks potential solutions to a problem area identified by the gas distribution network operators (GDNs) with a focus on decreasing the direct visibility of solar panels and making their unauthorised removal more difficult.
Solar panels are increasingly being utilised by the networks, who seek an alternative power arrangement (to mains fed) to energise low demand equipment however, solar panels are increasingly becoming a desirable commodity to organised crime gangs, both on a national and local scale. The fact that the solar panels are mounted to the outside of DG buildings makes them vulnerable to theft. The theft of solar panels costs the gas distribution networks a significant amount of money. In addition, the replacement units face the exact same vulnerabilities, with trend analysis showing re-occurring thefts, thus re-occurring costs.
This call is intended to find a solution to decrease the direct visibility of the solar panel and make its unauthorised removal more difficult, if not impossible. The result should not affect the principal operation of the solar panel, such as overshadowing its surface and it should not affect the integrity of the existing DG structure. It would be advantageous, if the proposed solution could improve the quality of the DG roof, which is likely to be replaced overtime.
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To register initial interest, and request an Initial Proposal Form, please enter your details online or call the Energy Innovation Centre on 0151 348 8040 and quote the reference number GDN-17-11.
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 closing date for registering initial interest is 5.00pm 28 November 2017. Please note office open hours are between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
The presentation day will take place on 10th January 2018.