SmarterUK February Newsletter

It has been a lovely but busy February! 

We are gathering key stakeholders working within the water sector to a show and tell session, inspired also from other industries, on how to foster innovation in the water sector. We want to hear from the water companies, the tech industry, and the policy makers on how we can work together to identify the opportunities as well as tackle some of the possible challenges to innovation that may exist. Come and join us on 16 April, from 13:30 until 18:00.



We are still gathering members feedback and evidence on:  

  1. Smart Export Tariffs – deadline by 1 March, Friday.  
  2. Design Working Group on the Preferred Target Operating Model (TOM) for Market-wide Half-Hourly Settlement (MHHS)deadline 11 March, Monday.  
  3. Call for Evidence: Potential impacts on consumers following marketwide settlement reformdeadline 20 March, Wednesday.  

Please contact Teodora Kaneva with your views.  



techUK has been approached by the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency and the Brazilian Electric and Electronics Industry Association, who are looking for international enterprises that would be interested in doing business in Brazil, and related to this matter they are building a catalogue with selected Brazilian enterprises that are interested and also qualified to do business with international companies. If you are interested please click here and get in touch with Ernani Vidor. 


Smart Transport  

Our Smart Transport Programme has responded to the Automated Vehicles Consultation published by the Law Commission.  


Energy & Utilities News

New report underlines need to tackle carbon emissions from homes
A new report by the Committee on Climate Change and its Adaptation Committee warns that UK homes are “not fit for purpose” either against the threat of climate change or in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and makes recommendations in line with those in the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment. 

For more information please click here.


Higher wholesale costs push up default and pre-payment price caps from April

  • From 1 April, the levels of the default tariff price cap will increase by £117 and pre-payment meter cap by £106 to reflect higher costs. 
  • Customers on default deals are still better off - Ofgem analysis suggests that without the default tariff cap they could be overcharged by £75-£100 a year.
  • Households could save more money by switching.

For more information please click here.


What can the regulator do to reduce energy company failures?
The number of energy suppliers in Great Britain has more than doubled since September 2015. This change has had some benefits, such as greater choice and increased competition. But the rules which govern how energy suppliers work have allowed unprepared and under-resourced suppliers to enter the market. Their customers have faced severe customer service problems, such as billing issues, long call centre wait times and delayed refunds. And as wholesale prices have increased, some suppliers have failed.

For more information please click here.

Renewables Global Status Report
Transformation is picking up speed in the power sector, but urgent action is required in heating, cooling and transport This year’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report GSR reveals two realities: one in which a revolution in the power sector is driving rapid change towards a renewable energy future, and another in which the overall transition is not advancing with the speed needed.

To read the full report and highlights please click here.


DCC Price Control Decision: Regulatory Year 2017/18
In October 2018 Ofcom consulted on their proposals for the Data and Communications Company (DCC) price control submission for the Regulatory Year 2017/18 (RY17/18), along with their assessment of DCC’s performance and its Baseline Margin and External Contract Gain Share applications.

To read the full report please click here.



Modern Energy Partners
This is a collaborative project between Energy Systems Catapult, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), working with private sector specialists and Crown Commercial Service. It received £2m in funding from the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme.


Power Forward Challenge
Impact Canada are challenging Canadian and UK companies to design better power grids, connecting our nations to clean, user-friendly grids and helping to prevent power outages.

Deadline to submit proposals: 15 March 2019
Pitch event: May 2019
Final award winner announced: March 2021

For more information and to enter please click here.


Heat Network Investment Project 
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) - a major Government project which will invest £320m of capital funding in heat network projects. This investment is offered as ‘gap funding’ through a combination of grants and loans which will be offered to eligible projects from April 2019. 


Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Project 
The next energy efficiency call for proposals will be launched on 12 March 2019 and close on 3 September 2019. In 2019, €112 million is available for energy efficiency projects in the areas of consumers, buildings, industry, finance and public authorities. Community energy groups should apply through the consumers' section.  


Energy Efficiency Grants for SMEs in East Sussex
Grants of up to £1,000 to cover 40 per cent of the cost of an energy efficiency project, such as LED lighting, insulation or heating controls. Small and medium-sized businesses, social enterprises and charities in East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove) can apply.  

For more information please click here.


Transport News

Citymapper launches London travel pass that's cheaper than oyster - (Independant) 

Network Rail chairman open to its abolition after industry review - (PressFrom)

New Index Shows Urban Growth is Inextricably Tied to Future Mobility Innovation - (Forbes)

South Western Railway to become the UK’s first 5G railway - (Global Railway Review)


Funding Calls

Developing digital roads and improving air quality (development or pilot only, 1 phase) : SBRI competition
Highways England is funding two parallel competitions for solutions and ideas designed for use on UK roads. This competition is for proven feasibility projects at the development stage (higher TRL). 

Registration closes: Wednesday 1 May 2019, 12:00 

Developing digital roads and improving air quality (feasibility study and development or pilot, two phases): SBRI competition
Highways England is funding two parallel competitions for solutions and ideas designed for use on UK roads. This competition is for unproven feasibility projects (low TRL).
Registration closes: Wednesday 1 May 2019, 12:00


Smart Cities News

Are university campuses turning into mini smart cities? - (The Guardian)

The emergence of interoperability standards in IoT - (SmartCitiesWorld)



Water Industry Show and Tell | Riding the Wave of Innovation 
Join us on 16 April, 13:30-18:00, for an interactive session to explore how technology can aid innovation in water. 

To register please click here.


Digital Twin Collaboration Workshop
techUK are hosting a workshop on 14 March, 15:00-17:00, for members interested in collaborating on digital twin opportunity.

To register please click here.


Smart Home Expo
The Smart Home Expo is the UK's ultimate event for the smart technologies revolutionising the way we live, on the 26 & 27 March 2019 at Birmingham’s NEC.

To register please click here.


Future of IoT: Manuf-Action
Experis, techUK and HBB are pleased to host the second Future of IoT Event in Bristol on 25 April, 12:00-18:00. This year’s event will focus on the incredible benefits that the Internet of Things can bring to Manufacturing, from the adoption of advanced manufacturing methods which allow for greater customisation, through to the potential energy savings and performance improvements that it can deliver. We will also explore the new skills that will be needed to underpin this change, as operations and information technology collide.

To register please click here.


Balancing regulation and innovation in the rail sector
An event to unpack how we can balance regulation and innovation in the rail industry.
Join us on 19 March, 09:00-12:30 to discuss how we can balance regulation and innovation in the rail sector. 

On the day we will be looking at:

  • Current challenges
  • Lessons from other sectors
  • What we can and should do in 2019 

To register please click here.


Do we need a data strategy for mobility services?
Join us on 10 April, 10:00-17:00 to discuss whether the UK mobility services sector needs a data strategy. 

We will be bringing together public and private sector expertise to discuss the need for a more strategic approach to data in UK mobility services.

The event will cover:

  • Unpacking the need for a formal strategy
  • A more strategic approach to data ownership and management 
  • Key pillars of a strategic approach
  • How can we help to deliver this and make meaningful change to support a key pillar of the future of mobility services?

To register please click here. 



12 March - Blockchain Masterclass
18 March - Preparing for Brexit - Import and Export Declarations
19 March - Getting it Right with Open Source Software Licensing
26 March - Executive Strategy and Policy Development
27 March - Developing a World-Class Bid Capability

  • Teodora Kaneva

    Teodora Kaneva

    Programme Manager | SmarterUK
    T 020 7331 2016

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