SBRI – Smart Meter load control device trial Business Energy and Industrial Strategy closes 26th November

This is a 2 stage SBRI. In phase 1, BEIS expect to fund up to 5 feasibility studies to scope a device and trial for a smart meter load control device, as well as giving detail on what functionality will be tested and in what context.

Phase 2 will involve selecting and contracting with 2 of the above studies/consortia who will each design, build, test, commercially product assure (CPA) and trial the devices, at a scale of around 100 homes, based on existing HCALCS specifications as described above.

HCALCS are specified in Smart Energy Code (Schedule 9) and there is existing functionality built into Data Communications Company (DCC) systems to support these devices, but no such devices have been built up to date. We are looking to procure design, build and trial of these first of the kind devices, to demonstrate load control using smart meter communications infrastructure to manage domestic electricity loads such as EVs.

The Consortiums applying for this SBRI must include an Electricity Supplier and a Meter and/or Charge Point Manufacturer, but could also include a DNO and other parties, such as EV manufacturers and aggregators.

Phase 1: Feasibility
Up to 5 contracts will be awarded to develop a feasibility study which will include device and trial designs, setting out what functionality will be tested, and which partners will be involved. After the feasibility stage there will be a gateway based on evaluation of feasibility studies, resulting in up to 2 contracts being awarded for full design build and trial.

Phase 2:
Full device design and build (up to 2):
Will involve design, build, testing and commercial product assurance of the device by up to 2 consortia.

Trial: Design trial, install devices, manage trial in homes, device removal, trial analysis and write up.

The trial should test the ability of smart meter comms infrastructure and connected device to:
– manage load control of a domestic device such as an EV – i.e. moderate load in response to signals sent by the supplier.
The project will produce a ‘specification scoping document’ at the end of the trial, which will establish any missing use cases identified through the trial and provide a basis for development of a full new device specification by BEIS, with a view to this being adopted into the SEC.

The contracts will be managed by a contractor appointed by BEIS and delivery of products and services for each milestone will be managed and overseen by BEIS.

This contract is expected to run from January 2019 to March 2021 and the overall budget is expected to be up to ~£3 million.

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