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BEIS have published competitions on energy flexibility and storage

31 January 2019

This week, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published two competitions: 1) Flexibility exchange demonstration projects (FleX competition), and 2) Storage at Scale Competition.

1) Flexibility exchange demonstration projects: FleX competition

The FleX competition will support the development and demonstration of innovative solutions to value and trade flexibility. 

This competition is looking for innovative and replicable flexibility exchange solutions which provide marketplaces for multiple flexibility products, offered by multiple providers (sellers) of flexibility to multiple buyers.

The flexibility to be traded could be provided by domestic or business consumers from a range of sources, including:

  • energy storage
  • demand-side response (DSR) and demand reduction; or
  • generation

Up to £4 million will be available, from 2019 to 2021. The competition is expected to support up to 3 demonstration exchange projects to be operational by March 2021 with final trials and reporting to be completed by December 2021.

How to apply

This competition is now live. Click here to read the guidance, and complete the application and finance forms. 

Deadlines: 

  • to ask clarification questions: 28 March 2019
  • to register your interest: 11 April 2019
  • to submit proposals: 18 April 2019

Information for applicants: event

BEIS are holding an information event on 13 March 2019.

If you cannot attend it will be available as a webcast.

Further details and registration details will be provided on this web page nearer the date event. Please email smart.innovation@beis.gov.uk to register interest in attending the information event.

2) Storage at Scale competition

This competition is looking for innovative, replicable solutions which could provide a market competitive alternative to conventional commercial large scale energy storage technologies, for example pumped-hydro or batteries (such as lithium ion, lead acid or sodium-sulphur).

A range of electrical energy storage technologies are within scope, with a target minimum output power of 30 MW or minimum capacity of 50 MWh. Power-to-X technologies (e.g. power-to-gas) with a target minimum input power of 5 MW are also in scope.

Up to £20 million will be available from 2019 to 2021. The competition will support up to 3 demonstration projects with build completion by March 2021 and operational testing to be completed December 2021.

Projects should be at a technology readiness level of 6 or above, which could result in lower capital or operating costs to the traditional storage technologies, or improved capacity, sustainability and response rates at a comparable cost.

How to apply

The competition is now live.

Click here to read the guidance, and complete the application and finance forms.

Deadlines

  • to ask clarification questions: 3 April 2019
  • to register your interest: 17 April 2019
  • to submit proposals: 26 April 2019

Information for applicants: event

  • London, 4 March 2019
  • Register on EventBrite
  • Not able to attend? BEIS will webcast the briefing sessions so everyone has access to this information. 
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