Ricardo Energy & Environment is supporting Mott MacDonald in a consortium appointed by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to provide technical advisory services for its Energy Innovation Portfolio. The Innovation Programme aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes into the 2020s and 2030s.
BEIS is encouraging innovation in the UK energy system to keep energy bills as low as possible, reduce carbon emissions and generate UK business growth. By 2021, the BEIS Energy Innovation Portfolio will have invested up to £505 million to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes.
The consortium brings together technical expertise to support five themes being developed and delivered by BEIS. These comprise smart systems for the electricity network; built environment which includes energy efficiency and heating; industrial decarbonisation and carbon capture, use, and storage; nuclear innovation; and support for cross-cutting technologies, including renewables, energy entrepreneurs and green financing. Each theme is structured with several programmes and individual projects to deliver the Energy Innovation Portfolio and are likely to include; designing new funding programmes, assessing applications for funding, monitoring projects during implementation, and evaluating the outcomes of programmes.
Mott MacDonald is supported on the programme by Ricardo Energy & Environment and The Carbon Trust. The wider consortium includes 12 organisations in total, with eight small to medium enterprises and two universities, bringing deep specialist knowledge. Technical and project management expertise will be provided to support the development of the projects, bid appraisal process and delivery of the programmes as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Dipak Mistry, Ricardo’s Practice Director for Energy, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this consortium, working as theme leads for the Built Environment, Industrial Heat, and Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage (CCUS), as well as participating in the Steering Group providing advice and technical support to BEIS. Ricardo brings over 30 years’ experience in energy efficiency, industrial decarbonisation, low carbon heating, and CCS as well as designing, delivering, and evaluating innovation programmes across multiple UK sectors.”
The project will complete by the end of 2021.