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We have awarded 8 contracts for Phase 2 funding. This page provides a brief summary of each project. For more information on each project refer to the BASEE project Q&A and summaries document.
1. arbnco - Digital Energy Efficiency Platform (DEEP)
The objective of arbnco’s project is to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage and implement energy efficiency measures through an online platform. The DEEP will simplify and automate the process of engaging with energy efficiency by targeting and optimising 2 critical components of a business energy performance: total energy consumption and the energy performance of its premises.
The platform will utilise a range of data sources to reduce overall energy consumption and generate a bespoke list of physical and behavioural energy efficiency recommendations together with costs, trusted suppliers and finance options. The project brings together expertise from arbnco, Centrica, Energy Systems Catapult, Aston Business School, Durham County Council and Cyan Finance.
2. BRE - REZEE – a tool for energy efficiency in the residential care homes sector.
BRE aims to develop an innovative online tool to assist small to medium-sized residential care home providers to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.
The tool will:
enable care home providers to identify the most efficient and effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings
identify and facilitate the provision of finance for these upgrades
provide best practice guidance and support throughout the procurement process, to ensure that upgrades are undertaken to the highest quality and avoid unintended consequences
facilitate the bundling of projects together to enhance the feasibility of energy efficiency upgrades
3. Considerate Hoteliers - Considerate’s EE Investment Cycle for SMEs
The UK hospitality sector’s annual consumption is 17,000 gigawatts per hour (GWh) and the sector has the potential to reduce its overall energy use by 25%. Energy consumption accounts for up to 10% of the total operating costs of hotels and hospitality businesses and they could realise savings through energy efficiency measures alone of up to 40% of these costs.
However, major hurdles prevent the small to medium-sized hospitality sector from improving its building stock. fluttr aims to drive investment in energy efficiency retrofits by overcoming these barriers, to help prepare this sector for the large-scale regulatory shifts that lie ahead. fluttr will deliver a streamlined app, efficiently partnering small to medium-sized hospitality businesses with approved contractors and finance to encourage validated small-scale energy efficiency projects.
More details can be found on fluttr’s website.
4. Element Energy - online tool using smart meter data to promote energy efficiency investments for SMEs
Element Energy has developed an online platform that uses SMEs’ smart meter data and business characteristics to assess and provide tailored information on energy efficiency investments (including the associated savings and timeframes involved) that are appropriate to the SME’s specific context.
It also provides tailored comparative feedback on how SMEs’ energy usage compares to similar businesses, along with many other features to engage SMEs with their energy usage and support them to invest in energy efficiency. They are partnering with Drax Group and Octopus Energy to trial the online platform with their SME customers. The trial aims to demonstrate the benefits of the platform to SMEs and gain feedback on how it could be further enhanced to meet their needs.
5. EnergyPro - ESCO-in-a-box
The ESCO (energy service company)-in-a-box project aims to demonstrate that a community-based organisation can deliver energy efficiency services to SMEs when they are equipped with the right toolkit: standardised project development processes, vetted technology partners and contractors, guaranteed savings and suitable finance.
During 2020 to 2021, EnergyPro will create a Community ESCO for Oxfordshire, hosted by Low Carbon Hub. The ESCO’s business process ‘operating system’ will later be licensed to other organisations to serve SMEs in their area, creating a national network of ‘one stop shops’ for SME energy efficiency.
6. Hoare Lea - bundled technologies for the online marketplace
The Hoare Lea project aims to address the barriers faced by SMEs and landlords in securing energy efficiency investment to help increase energy efficiency in the non-domestic sector. This will be done through standardised contracts, specifications and processes to minimise ‘friction’ within the energy efficiency marketplace.
The project will create compelling product bundles for both landlords and tenants.
7. Qbots - Q-Energy, a smart energy service platform for SME customers
Q-Energy is a smart energy services platform for businesses. It will use automation and data-driven approaches to serve customers on an on-going basis, limiting the number of site visits and face-to-face meetings.
The aim of the project is to develop and trial the platform across 30 pilot sites by integrating a number of functions - including energy efficiency interventions and their costs, as well as finance options - to create a decision-support and recommendation system for their clients, with financial assessment and workflow function.
The project will be led by Qbots Energy along with partners including Energy Systems Catapult, Bryt Energy, Leapfrog Finance and fintech provider Ask Inclusive Finance.
8. VRM Technology - Smarter Choices for SMEs
The Smarter Choices service will simplify and secure access to quality-assured building energy efficiency solutions for SMEs. VRM Technology are working with Joule Assets, Future Climate and Oxford Innovation. Together, they will offer an end-to-end energy efficiency service: from assessment through to financing, installation and in-use performance monitoring.
The Smarter Choices package will be available at a scale for a wide range of SME companies with a £50,000 minimum investment for energy conservation measures. This represents a significantly lower threshold than is currently available from existing energy service contract providers.