Smart heating and cooling innovators receive ESC backing


The Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) has selected five SMEs working on innovative heating and cooling solutions for tailored business incubation and acceleration support.

Announced on 4 September, the support is part of the ESC’s mission to foster clean growth and boost innovation in the UK energy sector. It marks the second intake to the ESC’s Innovator Support Platform (ISP) and will look to help the SMEs either commercialise or scale-up at speed.

The innovators to be selected include iPower, which has developed a virtual power plant using a digital control system able to wirelessly monitor and manage homes, businesses, energy generators and energy storage systems; and Ventive with its intelligent ventilation system which looks to deliver fresh air into buildings while reducing heat loss at minimal energy cost. Logicor and its infrared all-electric heating system, Senergy and its innovative solar thermal panels, and Sunanmp, which has developed a chemical heat battery to store energy, are the others to have been selected.

Support to be offered to each firm includes developing the customer offer, defending and strengthening a business model, product development, developing intellectual property strategies, gaining access to test and validation facilities, forming partnerships and helping to secure investment.

Paul Jordan, Innovator Support Business Lead at ESC, said: “Through the Innovator Support Platform, we wanted to give energy-focussed SMEs  with the potential to achieve high levels of growth and impact on the energy system the chance to benefit from our advanced range of tools, assets and capabilities, as well as our network of 40 firms who are on hand to provide wider support on a range of areas key to any growing business.”