The aim of this competition is to develop a smart, flexible energy system within the various sites of the Perth and Kinross council (PKC) estate. It has to be cost effective and demonstrate tangible benefits for the council. We welcome bids that bring together a consortium of sector specialists to provide a solution. The project programme will be delivered over 2 phases.
The council is looking for R&D of new innovative solutions. This system will manage and control the generation, storage, use and trade of renewable energy in (and outside) the council estate. Crucially it will be required to trade energy between council sites (and outside of the council) so that the council can optimise energy generation and usage across its estate.
The objectives are to:
- reduce energy costs
- reduce carbon emissions
- explore new income streams by using energy storage assets
Main solution requirements
Your solution must:
- develop local renewable energy generation capacity, which could come from a variety of sources
- develop local energy storage capacity, which could be of a number of types and configurations
- develop an energy management platform to manage the flow of generated, stored and used energy and initiate and record energy trades
- have the ability to effectively communicate with and control all of the network’s generation and storage nodes
- be able to trade energy between the nodes of the network
- investigate and develop potential income streams from the sale of grid services of the deployed battery storage system
Your project must produce:
- a detailed design package including the technical specification of the proposed solution
- a commercial specification of the full investment required, including equipment costs, installation and yearly maintenance costs, and a project plan for the phase 2 solution delivery
Phase 1: feasibility study
This should result in a technical, financial and commercial specification and detailed design solution.
R&D contracts will be awarded up to £30,000 to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution.
We expect to fund up to 5 projects. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.
Phase 2: prototype development and testing
This should result in installation in the PKC estate. 2 projects, chosen from successful applicants to phase 1, will receive up to £175,000 each. This will be to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 18 months.