SmarterUK June Newsletter

Welcome to our SmarterUK Programme update for June. 

We are launching a new cross-programme group on climate change strategy and resilience. A kick off meeting will be held on Wednesday, 17 July (14.30 – 17.00) at techUK. 
The terms of reference and name of the group will be refined with members, but our initial thinking is that the group will focus on:
 

  • Supporting the sector to become energy efficient in a low carbon cost-effective way and to ensure the right tools, techniques and methodologies are in place for the sector; and its customers can report and manage the emissions footprint connected with their digital infrastructure.
  • The development of an externally facing campaign highlighting the opportunities from a tech-enabled transition to a net zero carbon economy and the regulatory and innovation framework needed to deliver it. 
  • Highlight the role of technology in supporting a climate-resilient economy and supporting the sector to take the necessary steps to adapt, and be resilient to, a changing climate.

If you are interested in joining the event or/and the group please contact Teodora Kaneva. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared a climate emergency. As part of London’s response to this, the first ever London Climate Action Week will be held from 1-8 July. To register please click here.

Consultations 

The State of the Connected Home 
We have launched our third annual State of the Connected Home report showing consumers beginning to find value in the overall connected home ecosystem The State of the Connected Home – Edition III – 26 June 2019. To read the full report please click here.

Smart Cities: Roundtable on the UK’s future trade policy
On the Friday 21 June, techUK convened a roundtable on the future of the UK’s trade policy related to smart city technology markets. The roundtable was a fantastic opportunity for members to help shape trade policy priorities ahead of the G20 Summit and possible future trade negotiations with key trading partners such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand. Following on from this roundtable, which was well-attended by representatives from across government, techUK is now seeking member input, click here to see the questionnaire. 

If you have any comments, please get in touch with Tom Henderson or Teodora Kaneva by Monday, 1 July at 16:00.

Energy & Utilties 

News

Energy Data Taskforce makes five key recommendations

The Energy Data Taskforce, commissioned by Government, Ofgem, and Innovate UK, has set out five key recommendations that will modernise the UK energy system and drive it towards a Net Zero carbon future through an integrated data and digital strategy throughout the sector. For more information please click here.

Government target ‘infeasible’ as smart meter rollout slows

The Government’s target of installing a smart meter in every home by 2020 is “implausible” experts have warned, as new figures show the rollout slowed last quarter. Just over 1m smart meters were installed in the first three months of the year, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy confirmed, a 6.7 per cent decrease compared to the last quarter of 2018. For more information please click here.

Smart Export Guarantee: Date set as home solar policy details emerge

The policy gap between the feed-in tariff (FiT) and the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is set to close by the end of 2019, guaranteeing payment for excess domestic solar generation. Details of the SEG have been much-awaited since the closure of the FiT at the end of March, with concerns over a significant policy gap raised by many in the industry. For more information please click here.

Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme approved chargepoint model list

From Monday, 1 July 2019, the EVHS will only support smart chargepoints as announced in December 2018. You should refer to the minimum technical specification and installer guidance for details of this change. For more information please click here.

Funding

Innovate UK Smart Grants summer 2019​

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy. 

Registation closes: Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019. For more information and to register please click here.

Energy catalyst round 7: early stage

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £22 million across 3 strands to help provide clean, affordable and secure energy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

Energy catalyst round 7: mid stage

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £22 million across 3 strands to help provide clean, affordable and secure energy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

Energy Catalyst round 7: late stage

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £22 million across 3 strands to help provide clean, affordable and secure energy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

Detailed designs of smart, local energy systems

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop clean, cheap local energy systems that create prosperous, resilient UK communities. This funding is from the ISCF’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge.

Competition closes: Wednesday 7 August 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

Transport

News

More women in engineering ‘an absolute necessity’ for future of transport​

The Government calls on more women to consider engineering careers, highlighting the opportunities provided by major infrastructure projects like HS2. For more information please click here.

Union warns of nationwide rail strikes in pernsion row

The biggest rail union has warned of the possibility of national rail strikes in a row over pensions. Mick Cash, General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), advised in a letter to all members that any move to cut pension benefits or increase member contributions could lead to a nationwide walk-out. It follows the news that rail operator Stagecoach has been disqualified from recent rail franchise bids for putting in “non-compliant bids” in relation to pensions. For more information please click here.

Businesses push government to complete HS2 railway

Business leaders are calling on the next prime minister to commit to delivering HS2 in full. In an open letter, more than 20 business leaders say continued backing for the next phase of the £56bn high-speed rail network project is vital. Construction of the first HS2 link between London and the West Midlands is currently under way. Business leaders want to see the line linking Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds completed as well. For more information please click here.

Funding

EUREKA: Singapore open competition

EUREKA, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, announce a Global Stars funding competition for research and development (R&D) projects under the EUREKA programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing £1 million to fund UK businesses leading collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. Projects should result in a new product, industrial process or service, be innovative and involve a technological risk. Projects must be co-ordinated by a lead partner from the UK and a lead partner from Singapore. Partners from each additional country should also nominate a lead from that country.

Registration closes: Thurday, 19 September. For more information and to register please click here.

APC 13: advancing the UK's low carbon automotive capability

£25 million of collaborative (match) funding is available for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.

Competition closes: Wednesday 10 July 2019 12:00pm. For more information and to register please click here.

Smart Cities

News

London Office of Technology & Innovation (LOTI) launches​

LOTI is an opportunity to examine how industry and local public services can work together to improve outcomes and drive innovation. For more information please click here.

Delivering A National Digital Twin at the IoT World Europe Summit

techUK’s Director of Market Programmes, Matthew Evans delivered a thought-provoking talk at the IoT World Europe Summit, which explored how key decision-makers can deliver a national digital twin (DTw) and how companies are already benefiting from this technology. For more information please click here.

Bloomberg: Sooner Than You Think

Bloomberg's flagship global technology and innovation event held in Wesminster during LTW! For more information please click here.

West of England 5G Smart Tourism – trial extended

The West of England Combined Authority has announced that it is extending its 5G Smart Tourism project, kicking off at this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival. At the festival, partners involved in the project will be trialling how 5G can be used to enhance the visitor experience, as well as supporting the event organisers to manage safety. For more information please click here.

London startup Pavegen raises over £2m on Crowdcube

Award-winning energy and data startup Pavegen will conclude its raise on Crowdcube, having doubled its initial £950k target. The campaign has secured funds from over 1400 investors, including partnership and anchor investment from major global engineering conglomerate Hinduja Group and family investment firm Tamar Capital. For more information please click here.

Funding Calls

Detailed designs of smart, local energy systems​

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop clean, cheap local energy systems that create prosperous, resilient UK communities. This funding is from the ISCF’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 7 August 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: April 2019

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 24 July 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

Events

Five Year Review of the Capacity Market Rules - Stakeholder Workshop​

Date: Wednesday, 10 July 2019 
Time: 10:00-13:00
Venue: Ofgem, 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, E14 4PU, London

On 10 July Ofgem is holding a workshop to discuss the Five Year Review of the Capacity Market Rules, which we initiated with an open letter in September 2018 and issued a consultation for on 15 April 2019. This workshop provides an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with the Five Year Review ahead of a further consultation we intend to publish in summer to refine the questions and issues we have raised in the First Policy Consutation.

For more information and to register please click here. 

2019 Capacity Market Launch event

Date: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 
Time: 10:00-16:30
Venue: Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, 45 Prescot Street, London, E1 8GP

As we enter the sixth round of Prequalification for the Capacity Market, please join the EMR Delivery Body and Delivery Partners at the 2019 Capacity Market Launch Event at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge on Wednesday 17 July. This is your opportunity to receive key updates and find out more about developments in the Capacity Market over the past 12 months, both operationally and regulatory, and the plans ahead as we enter the Prequalification submission window, opening Monday 22 July. There will also be chance for interactive discussions with BEIS, the Electricity Settlements Company, EMR Settlements, National Grid ESO and Ofgem. For more information and to register please click here. 

Business model innovation in the energy sector-a dialogue with stakeholders

Date: Thursday, 4 July 2019 
Time: 09:00-17:00
Venue: Loughborough University, Lesney Avenue, London, E15 2GZ

A dialogue with stakeholders of the energy sector to understand the drivers and impact of energy business model innovations. For more information and to register please click here. 

The techUK podcast: Collaboration for public services

This month techUK's podcast explores how to make the most of technology tools that enable greater collaboration, and drive improvements in public service delivery. To listen to the podcast please click here.

The challenge of securing Industrial Control Systems

Date: Monday, 15 July
Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD 

This briefing will address the escalating cyber risk and resilience challenges in ICS environments. For more information and to register please click here.

Making a National Digital Twin a Reality

Date: Wednesday, 10 July
Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD 

On the 10th July, techUK will be hosting a briefing with Mark Enzer, Chair of the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) to update members on progress and how to get involved. The event is aimed at ensuring techUK members are up to date with the progress of the DFTG, a body set up as part of the recommendations made by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in order to help create a roadmap towards a national digital twin. For more information, please click here.

Training

03 July – How to Write and Deliver a Winning Pitch
10 July – Precision Networking
11 July – Cloud Contracting Masterclass
16 July – Essential Contract Law for IT Professionals 
17 July – Leadership for Technical Managers
19 July – Winning with DOS

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    Teodora Kaneva

    Programme Manager | SmarterUK
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