SmarterUK October Newsletter

We have opened our Transport Steering Board for applications. If you are a business involved in Transport, Mobility, or a technology business selling to the sector, we would love to receive your nomination.  

Our Transport Programme is actively involved in innovative solutions for digitalisation in transport, decarbonisation, data and AI, and e-ticketing. If you are disruptor, and wish to get involved, please contact Teodora Kaneva at Teodora.kaneva@techuk.org.  

Our Transport Group is drafting an updated report on Future Mobility Services. Our 2018 report was a huge success, and we are still accepting case studies and nominations for our editorial committee.  

Our updated report will be published at our Future Mobility Services Conference on 12 November here at techUK. Speakers include, Uber, SMMT, TfL, Connected Places Catapult, FiveAI, Hitachi Rail, O2 and many more.  

You are invited! Are you a start-up, a scale-up or an SME with cutting-edge solutions to some of the problems that impede the seamless and efficient movement of people and goods? Do you have innovative ideas that can help redefine the future of mobility and the automotive industry? Back by popular demand following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural edition, the SMMT Future Mobility Challenge will enable start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs to make innovative ideas and solutions discoverable to five of the world’s largest and most recognisable automotive brands: Bosch, Ford, Honda, Toyota and Volvo Cars

 

Climate Change and Resilience Group 

We have established a taskforce to develop a campaign on Climate Change and Resilience. The Taskforce will create a 2020 campaign on the role of technology to cut carbon. We will work with Digitaleurope to establish a new cross-EU working group on climate. There will be a series of briefings on climate risks and support for responding to TCFD. Our group will also respond to relevant regulation and standards, and we will work with members to raise the revenue to outsource research exploring what a net-zero carbon target will mean in practice for our sector. Last but not least, we will identify opportunities and challenges of emerging technologies.  

Shall you wish to be involved please contact Teodora.Kaneva@techuk.org.  


Warm regards, 

Teodora Kaneva 
Programme Manager, Smart Energy&Utilities and IoT
techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD
T +44 (0)207 331 2016| E teodora.kaneva@techUK.org
 

Energy & Utilities  

 

News

 
OVO Energy has committed to eliminating its customer’s household emissions and fit five million homes with flexible, clean energy technologies as part of a wide-ranging carbon-cutting initiative dubbed ‘Plan Zero’. 

For more information please click here.
 
Up to £70 million in new funding for innovative energy tech firms is up for grabs after network operators and the Energy Networks Association launched its Call for Ideas under the Network Innovation Competition (NIC). 

For more information please click here.
 
Contribution of road transport to greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions – further analysis of the UK Environmental Accounts data. 

For more information please click here.
 

The government’s EV charging fund is to have a broad scope, looking at “all geographical areas” of the UK, all charging speeds and a variety of use cases.

The £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF), which is managed by Zouk Capital, was formally launched today (7 October 2019). The government is providing £200 million, with the rest to come from private investment.


For more information please click here.
 

BBC Briefing: Energy

 

Supplying energy for our everyday lives reliably and affordably has always been a key goal of government policy. But the UK’s commitment to do so while almost completely eliminating carbon emissions over the next three decades poses an unprecedented challenge for government, business and individuals. BBC Briefing explores how that challenge can be met.

For more information please click here.
 
Decarbonisation of the UK’s energy supply is slowing, Ofgem has warned, while the cost of balancing the UK’s power system spiked to its second-highest ever in 2017/18.

For more information please click here.
 
 

Funding

 
Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.
 
  • Competition opens: Thursday 17 October 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 8 January 2020 12:00pm

For more information please click here.
 
Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.
 
  • Competition opens: Thursday 25 July 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 16 October 2019 12:00pm

For more information please click here.
 

Transport

 

News

 

The Milton Keynes council has been in discussion with the Department for Transport (DfT) about becoming a ‘testbed’ for UK e-scooter usage in public places.

E-scooters are legally used in more than 100 cities worldwide, but electric scooters are currently banned from public roads and pavements in the UK. It is only legal to ride e-scooters on private land with the permission of the landowner.

For more information please click here.
 
A consortium of mobility companies and organisations has announced the start of a new project across the Nordics that aims to unify the region’s MaaS market.

For more information please click here.
 

Intelligent Transport Conference 2019 will this year take place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London on  5 – 6 November 2019.

With representatives from high profile companies already confirmed, attendees will have the opportunity to network and learn about the latest breakthroughs, innovations, challenges and solutions affecting the international public transport industry today. 

For more information please click here.
 
Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani has last weekend (5 to 6 October 2019) attended the world’s largest roads event to promote and champion the UK’s highways expertise.

For more information please click here.
 
Under the scheme ran by the Energy Saving Trust and funded by the DfT, businesses will be able to apply for a grant of up to 20% off an e-cargo bike purchase, with the max discount set at £1,000 per bike.

For more information please click here.
 

Funding Calls

 

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.

  • Competition opens: Monday 19 August 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 16 October 2019 12:00pm

For more information please click here.
 

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million, plus VAT, for projects that develop and demonstrate innovation to automate the examination of tunnels.

  • Competition opens: Monday 16 September 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 6 November 2019 12:00pm
For more information please click here.
 
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £968,000, plus VAT, for innovations that demonstrate security surveillance analytics in Network Rail stations.
  • Competition opens: Monday 16 September 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 6 November 2019 12:00pm

For more information please click here.
 

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million and Malaysian businesses a share of RM 5.5 million to collaborate on innovative solutions to large societal challenges.

  • Competition opens: Monday 8 July 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 16 October 2019 12:00pm

For more information please click here.
 

Smart Cities

 

News

 
The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) brought together digital pioneers from government and industry to provide an update on digital twins, the National Digital Twin Programme and to celebrate the launch of the CDBB’s Digital Twin Hub (DT Hub). 

For more information please click here.
 
TfL has announced this investment into software which will be able to present a clearer picture of what’s happening on London’s roads, and be able to ingest more data about congestion, bus performance, weather and roadworks, enabling TfL to respond more swiftly to incidents and keep the transport network flowing. 

For more information please click here.
 
“Companies will potentially be able to develop and enhance navigational apps powered by AI, warning drivers up to months in advance of planned disruption to routes and offering alternatives to help save time and money,” the government said. 

For more information please click here.
 
Bristol, Glasgow, and London are among the 12 cities being considered for the title – otherwise known as the iCapital. The winner will receive a €1m fund from the European Commission with which to support “local innovation activities”. 

For more information please click here.
 
Bristol’s City Council has announced £1bn of investment toward its goal to become the UK’s first carbon neutral smart city. ‘Bristol City Leap’ a project of Bristol City Council and the city’s energy company Bristol Energy have launched a global search to find a partner organisation or group of organisations in which to invest. The procurement process, which will enable a citywide energy system to be built, is expected to run for a number of months. 

For more information please click here.
 
A series of events and activities will take place to showcase UK excellence in business, innovation, culture, arts and education in order to build closer relationship between the the UK and Japan through networking, sharing knowledge and experiences, and collaborations. A broad focus on mobility, as well as covering core UK strengths such as autonomous driving, CAV, low emissions, cyber security, and development of smart cities will form the focus in May 2020. 

For more information please click here.
 

Funding Calls

 
Innovate UK, will invest up to £10 million in UK businesses undertaking collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects. Such projects should go beyond the state-of-the-art in improving productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector. 

For more information please click here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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