UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million across 3 competitions to research technologies and business models that develop future vehicle-to-grid (V2G) products and services.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to around £1m
Opens: 10th Jul 2017
Closes: 18th Oct 2017
Working with The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are providing funding of £20 million for innovative projects that develop future V2G products, services and knowledge. This amount will be shared between 3 competitions.
V2G is a system where plug-in electric vehicles, such as battery electric cars (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV), return electricity to the power grid with consent from their users. This is usually in return for a financial reward or benefit.
This competition is for collaborative research and development. Proposals should be for innovative V2G technologies (on- and off-vehicle technologies, and V2G hardware and software).
The aim of the collaborative research and development competition is to support business-led R&D projects that investigate novel technologies, consumer engagement approaches and business models for future implementation of V2G services.
As the fleet of electric and plug-in hybrid, ultra low-emission vehicles (ULEVs) grows, this important and rapidly developing area of technology has the potential to benefit vehicle users and support a more efficient electricity system.
The objectives are to achieve one or more of the following:
Innovate UK are seeking innovative solutions in the following V2G areas:
Project teams should include partners from across the V2G value chain. Projects should bring together participants from the traditional automotive and energy communities with other infrastructure providers, particularly for demonstrator projects.
Specific competition themes
Innovate UK are looking for collaborative R&D projects focused on industrial research. At the end of the project they would expect to see a physical demonstrator for projects developing hardware.
Projects can focus on on-vehicle or off-vehicle hardware and software, or a mixture of both. Project themes might include:
To lead a project you must:
Non grant partners
Projects may include non-grant-receiving partners (for example, non-UK businesses). Their costs will count towards the total project costs but they will not count as collaborators. There must be 2 grant-claiming partners.
Funding and project details
£20 million in total is being invested to fund innovation projects in V2G across 3 competitions.
It is envisaged that the funding will be split as:
This competition is for collaborative research and development and you could get up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME.
All projects must involve at least 2 partners and a business must lead all projects.