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UK and Canada launch £11 million smart grids and storage challenge

The £11 million challenge will be used to support approaches to smart grid and storage technologies. Image: Getty.

The £11 million challenge will be used to support approaches to smart grid and storage technologies. Image: Getty.

The UK and Canada have announced an £11 million challenge to explore opportunities presented by smart grids and storage.

The challenge, announced yesterday, forms part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Clean Growth Grand Challenge, with the funding set to be used to support more flexible energy systems built around smart grid and battery storage technologies.

Its aims will be to identify priority barriers and attempt to define what a successful approach to these technologies should look like. Department teams are in the process of reaching out to stakeholders in the UK and Canada.

Interested parties are encouraged to register for more information here.

The challenge also lends itself well to the government’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, published in collaboration with Ofgem last year, which sought to outline the duo’s intentions for the future of the UK energy system.

It focused on three key areas, namely the removal of barriers to storage; enabling smart markets and businesses; and making markets work for flexibility.

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