Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland will benefit from an initiative intended to boost smart grid research and development that provides access to power network testing facilities.
The University of Strathclydes Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) and Scottish Enterprise launched the SME voucher access to provide funding to companies and stimulate the research output in the sector, further enhancing the PNDCs relationship with suppliers and operators.
Professor Graeme Burt, University of Strathclydes Institute for Energy & Environment director, notes, As an institution, we are committed to working with business and industry to ensure that our research capabilities have an impact on wider society and help Scotland to compete in the global marketplace. This initiative encourages companies throughout the country to utilize the state-of-the-art facilities at PNDC and gain access to our research expertise stimulating growth throughout an already vibrant sector.
Scottish Enterprises senior manager of low carbon technologies Ewen Cameron believes, Smart Grid technologies are becoming increasingly important in enabling the network to be balanced more easily and at affordable cost and bringing considerable benefits to businesses and consumers. This scheme will play an important role in helping develop R&D around innovative ideas for new products and services, and support the growth of this important sector.
The funding is open to all SME organizations throughout Scotland. Scottish Enterprise will match the financial commitment of the company up to 5000 ($7,740). In addition, PNDC will support the company throughout the duration of the project and remain in close contact with Scottish Enterprise.
The company must be involved in the development of a smart grid solution or product in network and demand side management; asset management; power electronics and distributed energy resources; communications and systems integration; sensors and measurement; protection and control; and smart grid-enabling technology.
The Centre was created by the University and leading energy companies, including ScottishPower and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, with support from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.
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