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DECC Energy Storage Scheme

Welcome to the DECC Energy Storage Scheme Group

This group is set up specifically for those who are interested in DECC's Energy Storage Scheme. For more information on the scheme, please see belos.

PLEASE NOTE: The brokering event  on the 6th of November 2012 is now fully booked. We will be arranging a webinar for those who will not be able to participate in the event. We will also post presentations and outcomes from the event in this group.

 

DECC Energy Storage competitions

Technology innovators can now submit bids for DECC’s two energy storage innovation schemes: one for large-scale energy storage demonstration projects and the other for research and feasibility studies into storage systems and their components.

Briefing & networking event

A pre-submission briefing and networking event for both competitions will be held in London on 6 November 2012, 10.00am to 3.30pm, to provide applicants with further information on the project scope; eligibility and assessment criteria and to answer other questions in relation to these two competitions. This event, organised by DECC and the Energy Generation and Supply KTN will also provide an opportunity for potential applicants to make contact with potential collaborators or partners.
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Energy Storage Technology demonstration competition

A Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Competition to develop and demonstrate innovative, pre-commercial energy storage technologies which can address grid-scale storage and balancing needs in the UK electricity network.

DECC is seeking applications to develop and demonstrate innovative energy storage technologies which can address grid-scale storage and balancing needs in the UK electricity network in the run up to 2020 and beyond. Applications will be assessed against key criteria, including a wide range of technical and economic performance parameters, project management capability and likelihood of commercialisation. The competition is open to any type of energy storage technology which meets the competition scope and eligibility criteria.

Contracts will be awarded on a competitive basis to successful bidders to develop and demonstrate pre-commercial energy storage technologies which offer value for money; where there is genuine innovation taking place and where there is a realistic chance of future deployment. A total budget of up to £17m is available for the competition.

Deadline for bids to be received: 12pm on 13 December 2012
The competition will run in two phases, with Phase 1 contracts for system and project design studies expected to be awarded in February 2013. Bidders who are judged to have submitted Phase 1 design studies which offer the best value for money and best fit with the competition’s aims will be invited to participate in the development and demonstration phase (Phase 2). Delivery and monitoring of the Phase 2 demonstration projects is expected to take place over the period from June 2013 to end March 2015.

Competition documents:
Full details of the competition are provided in the Guidance notes:

Energy Storage Technology Demonstration Competition: Call for proposals - guidance notes [filetype:pdf filesize: 365.51Kb]
Energy Storage Technology Demonstration Competition: application form [filetype:doc filesize: 332Kb]
Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI): frequently asked questions [filetype:pdf filesize: 111.84Kb] 

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Energy Storage Component research and feasibility study innovation support scheme

A grant funding programme for research, development and feasibility studies of grid-scale energy storage systems and their components.

This innovation competition offers grant funding to support:

  • component level research for storage technologies to improve particular components or materials within an energy storage system which could be deployed to meet grid-scale storage needs in the UK electricity network; or
  • development and demonstration of technologies needed to enable deployment and integration of energy storage systems into the UK electricity network; or
  • system level feasibility studies to investigate deployment issues and operational aspects of electricity storage systems, including integration of storage systems into the UK electricity network.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and grant funding will only be available on a joint funding basis - i.e. successful applicants will be required to secure a significant private sector funding contribution to the total eligible project costs. Grant awards for component research and development projects or feasibility studies are expected to be in the range £200k to £1m. The total budget for the competition is up to £3m.

The applications will be assessed in two tranches, depending on when bids are received:

Deadline for first tranche assessment: 12pm on 6 December 2012
Deadline for second tranche assessment: 12pm on 27 March 2013

Applicants should be aware that if there is very high funding uptake for projects submitted in the first tranche, less funding may be available for projects submitted for the second tranche of assessment. Applications which fail to secure funding in the first tranche may be eligible to re-apply in the second tranche.

Competition documents:
Full details of the competition are provided in the Guidance notes:

Energy Storage Component Research and Feasibility Study Support Scheme: Call for proposals - guidance notes [filetype:pdf filesize: 329.88Kb]
Energy Storage Component Research and Feasibility Study Support Scheme: application form [filetype:doc filesize: 317.5Kb]

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