10 Mar 2021
by Teodora Kaneva

Scaling and commercialising innovation projects using digital technologies in the energy and water sectors

We are curating a white paper to highlight best practice for scaling and commercialising innovation projects using digital technologies in the energy and water sectors.  

To help us we are seeking short case studies from members.

If you wish to participate please send us your case study by midday on 17 March 2021. 


The paper’s objective is to provide insights into the commercial environment for projects using digital technology to innovate in both sectors. The aim is to provide incentives in order to improve the commercialisation process. We are assessing the following questions:

  • Emerging technologies scalability.
  • Commercialisation of projects – short to long term.
  • In-market innovation – environment for projects to be tested and developed in real-time.
  • Long-term commitment to innovation from industry and government.
  • Regulatory barriers for commercial innovation.  


The white paper will be used as a tool to assess the market. It will also engage Government and Regulators to improve the environment for faster innovation in order to achieve net zero, increase efficiency, attract investment, and develop leadership within the UK.

The paper will also engage other stakeholders and provide input for pre-procurement to inform colleagues working on tendering for local or central government.

We will also work other partner associations to magnify our position.


In September 2020 we held a ministerial roundtable as part of London Tech Week. Participants included the tech sector, the Energy Minister, and representatives from BEIS, Ofgem, DCMS, and InnovateUK. Throughout those discussions, we established that we would provide the Government with evidence-based examples on how digital plays a role in the innovation process and the transition to a flexible and affordable system in both energy and water.

Next Steps:

As next steps, we will explore some of the barriers to innovation and work together with industry to achieve our objectives together.

We will also continue our work with Government and aim to organise a forum where we can present the outcomes of this paper.

This paper will be the first of many we will be publishing this year. Shall you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

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Teodora Kaneva

Teodora Kaneva

Programme Manager Smart Energy and Utilities