Projects not awarded funding

In each year of the Electricity Network Innovation Competition (NIC), some projects that sought funding from the Electricity NIC were unsuccessful. A brief summary of these unsuccessful projects is below and you can find the project submissions at the bottom of this page.

The reasons that these projects did not receive funding are contained in our decision document for each year, which can be found on the Electricity Network Innovation Competition page.

2017

In 2017, we received seven submissions to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition. We selected five for funding and two were unsuccessful.

Power Saver Plus - 2017

A project to trial customer-focused energy efficiency measures led by DNOs. It would have developed an evaluation tool for DNOs and other stakeholders to identify the most effective mix of efficiency measures.  

HARP - 2017

A project to trial new network equipment to control power flows across the 132kV and 66kV networks.

2016

In 2016 we received seven submissions to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition. We have decided to fund four projects, one was withdrawn during the assessment process and two were unsuccessful.

Inspire - 2016

A project to create a new network data handling package which integrated a wide variety of software and data to enable more efficient management of the distribution network.

Proteus - 2016

A project to create a mobile, modular unit which could be rapidly deployed to temporarily ease low voltage network constraints. The unit would have contained reconfigurable power electronics to enable (among other things): rapid connection of batteries; additional ventilation and cooling; and an autonomous control system cells.

2015

In 2015 we received seven submissions to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition. We selected five for funding and two were unsuccessful.

Evolution – 2015

A project to trial the concept of the Distribution System Operator.

Telecoms Templates for a Low Carbon Future - 2015

A project to deliver a suite of telecommunications design templates and a software tool to support smarter electricity networks.

2014

In 2014 we received four submissions to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition. We selected three for funding and one was unsuccessful.

South East Smart Grid - 2014

A project to demonstrate the potential for smart grid technologies that could enable better use of both transmission and distribution resources.

2013

In 2013 we received three submissions to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition. We selected two for funding and one was unsuccessful.

Mobile Extra High Voltage Substation Bays - 2013

This project would have developed and demonstrated a rapidly deployable and removable mobile substation bay on 400kV transmission network.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 30th Nov 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
Non-confidential documents submitted by Western Power Distribution to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition for Holistic Active and Reactive Power

  • Published: 30th Nov 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
Non-confidential documents submitted by Electricity North West Limited to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition for the Power Saver Plus project.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
See the non-confidential documents submitted by SP Distribution to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition (NIC) for the project entitled Inspire on which our decision not to award NIC funding is based.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
See the non-confidential documents submitted by Western Power Distribution to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition (NIC) for the project entitled Proteus on which our decision not to award NIC funding is based.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
These are all the non-confidential documents submitted by SP Distribution to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition for the project entitled Evolution on which our decision not to award NIC funding is based.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
These are all the non-confidential documents submitted by Western Power Distribution to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition for the project entitled Telecoms Templates for a Low Carbon Future on which our decision not to award NIC funding is...

  • Published: 24th Nov 2014
  • Reports and plans
  • 4 Associated documents
These are all the non-confidential documents submitted by National Grid Electricity Transmission to the Electricity NIC for the project entitled South East Smart Grid on which our decision is based.

  • Published: 28th Nov 2013
  • Reports and plans
  • 4 Associated documents
These are all the non-confidential documents submitted by National Grid Electricity Transmission to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition. These are for the project entitled Mobile Extra High Voltage Substation Bays - MSB on which our decision...