The SparkFund was a collaboration between Energy Futures Lab and EDF Energy R&D UK Centre. The initiative enabled short-term exploratory projects in areas of common interest to both. The expectation from these precursor projects is that they could lead to longer-term research projects in the College.
The programme was a successor to the EDF Energy FlexiFund, which had run for four years.
“This new way of working has proven to be extremely powerful. The collaboration between academic and industry experts has led to some very interesting initial findings and I am looking forward to further developing these projects with the College.” - Dan Bentham, Head of R&D | Smart Customers at EDF Energy R&D UK Centre.
In mid-2016 Energy Futures Lab put out a call for proposals for funding under the new scheme.
The result was a number of high quality proposals with three chosen to be funded:
- Analysis of the Potential of System Integration between Electric Vehicles and UK Decentralised Energy
- Assessing the Flexibility of Heat Electrification in Various Building Types with an Agent Based Model
- Provision of Ancillary Services in Future Low Carbon UK Electricity System