Convergence solutions for urban energy networks

Purpose of the call for projects:

ENGIE France Networks is seeking technical and technological solutions that allow us to create operational, commercial and economic synergies from energy network convergence (heating, cooling, electricity, gas, water, sanitation, etc.) at the district and urban scales.

Recovering and reusing end-energy, energy storage and exploiting the potential for network flexibility are three areas in which there are opportunities to integrate even more renewable and recovered energy sources by promoting economies of scale and shared infrastructure for networks located in the same geographical area.

Background:

Heating and cooling networks can play a major role in helping cities and towns transition to renewable energies and position themselves as integrators of different energy solutions.

ENGIE France Networks helps your area make itself greener. By designing and developing solutions in the fields of local, diversified energy production and distribution (including renewable and recovered energy), we provide tangible, effective solutions for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

ENGIE France Networks operates heating and cooling networks in mainland France and Monaco, as well as electricity distribution networks in Polynesia, New Caledonia and Monaco. Our expertise and experience mean we can provide our customers – local authorities and public and private sector stakeholders alike – with sustainable development solutions covering energy and environmental efficiency, quality of service and supply, and cost control. Using diversified, local and renewable energy sources of energy allows us to make our efficient, virtuous and sustainable urban heating and cooling systems accessible to as many people as possible.

The climate and energy challenges that cities face are encouraging us to think about how to better integrate the various district-level energy solutions we offer to maximize the use of available local energies and increase the quality of the services we offer.

ENGIE France Networks is seeking technical and technological solutions that will allow us to achieve operational, commercial or economic synergies by combining aspects of different energy networks (heating, cooling, electricity, gas, water, sanitation, etc.) at the scale of an urban area.

Rewards and Benefits:

Winning projects will:

  • Get access to experts from ENGIE France Networks
  • Be able to test their product or service, demonstrate it in situ and potentially secure financing for a Proof Of Concept on ENGIE France Networks client sites
  • Possibly implement their solution on an industrial scale on existing sites or get included in calls for tenders.

If well aligned with ENGIE France Réseaux’s business model, it could lead to industrial and commercial partnerships.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Suitability with the subject
  • Originality / innovative character
  • Feasibility / economic viability
  • Maturity of the project
  • Development potential / replicability
  • Energy efficiency

Selection Procedure:

The selection process will take place in two phases:

  • Phase 1: screening and shortlisting of submitted projects.
  • Phase 2: Each shortlisted project will be invited to give an hour-long presentation for the selection committee on October 11th, 2017.

The Selection Committee will include ENGIE France Réseaux management and senior experts in operational performance and innovation.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Suitability with the subject
  • Originality / innovative character
  • Feasibility / economic viability
  • Maturity of the project
  • Development potential / replicability
  • Energy efficiency

Key Dates:

  • Launch of the call for proposals: 12/06/2017
  • Application deadline: 11/09/2017
  • Announcement of finalists: 27/09/2017
  • Pitch to the selection committee, who choose one or several candidates: 11/10/2017
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Partners

Our work is only possible with the support of our local and national partners, including Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, the North East LEP, Northumbrian WaterNorth East BIC, and Reece Innovation with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
Huge thanks go to all our partners.