Ofgem has awarded 11 projects a spot in the final stages of its three innovation competitions for regulated network companies.
They passed the Initial Screening Process (ISP) for the Electricity Network Innovation Competition (NIC), the Gas NIC and the Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund – worth up to £109 million in total.
The competitions support innovative projects which “aim to make the energy networks smarter, boost the development of a low carbon energy sector as well as deliver environmental benefits and lower future costs to consumers”, Ofgem said.
Some of the chosen projects include trialling different methods for managing power flows over constrained network areas, solutions for enabling Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to regulate fault currents in real time and converting an existing telecom-cable repair vessel so it can fix power cables.
The 11 projects are now eligible to progress to the full submission stage where network companies must submit their fully developed proposals by July 25th.
An expert panel will evaluate the full submission proposals against detailed criteria following which Ofgem will decide which projects will receive funding by the end of November.