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Reference Number NIA_SPT_1505
Title Trial of Open Innovation Model in the Utilities Sector
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 75%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
SP Energy Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 October 2015
End Date 01 October 2019
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £600,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_SPT_1505
Objectives Objective Development of Business Plan Details Create a business plan that will be the main guidance into the necessary requirements in working with SMES. This essentially will be to drive the planning and approval stages forward, arranging meetings/updates KPI Check every month to keep on track Objective Development of OI Business Plan Details Develop a business plan that will identify internal/external needs and develop different strategies if none currently exist. Its main purpose is to guiding the innovation project towards completion. KPI Check every month to keep on track Objective Number of Challenges Details Would aim to consistently provide 2-3 business challenges per year that can be resolved with the help of an SME(s). We would assess the challenges arising and completed KPI2-3 per annum Objective Number of SMEs engaged Details Engage with a sufficient number of SMEs per project, allowing various solutions and options to be assessed. KPI Minimum 5 per project Developing an OI model and project programme that is fit for purpose and suits the nature of the utilities sector Ensure that collaborative innovation is undertaken in a reliable, coordinated, efficient and cost effective manner Identification of two or three business challenges a year, that will benefit from the Open Innovation programme, and innovative products, processes or services well suited to addressing these challenges
Abstract It is recognised that innovation should not always be carried out by a single party and that no one company or department has all the good ideas. Sometimes, the most innovative and game-changing ideas can come from outwith the sector. In addition, it can be time and resource challenging to develop and deliver suitable projects within the business. Innovation development and deployment can be further adversely impacted by lack of appropriate in-house skills or competence. With widely distributed knowledge and skills it is more difficult for companies to go it alone. The method proposed for evaluation and deployment, to address the aforementioned problem, is the Scottish Enterprises (SE) Open Innovation (OI) model. Using the model SE seek to find companies their perfect development or R&D partner and put a lot of time and effort into pairing up potential partners. OI recognises that the skills and resources needed for innovation are spread out amongst a diverse group of talented people and organisations. OI aims, through the collaborative effort of partnership of local governments, universities, business support services, and other public bodies to deliver a diverse and dynamic programme of innovation activities.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 17/12/18