Canada and Britain to jointly fund grid innovation projects

The Canadian and U.K. governments have teamed up to dedicate public funding to innovative projects to improve electricity grids.

The two nations have established the ‘Power Forward Challenge’, that will award the best three projects in each territory CA$3 million (£1.8 million) each to start building pilot facilities.

Among the winners, an additional CA$1 million (£600,000) will be given to the team with the best pilot demonstration.

The deadline for proposals is on March 15 and the scheme has a collaborative aspect, which stipulates each project must incorporate at least 20% of input from businesses in the other nation.

Projects have already had the opportunity of applying for CA$2 million – split between the two nations – to help finance their application process.

The awards donors said: “Solutions will need to be disruptive, modular, scalable and interoperable, and demonstrate clear value to the end user and the grid.”

The U.K. has already seen a slew of innovative pilot solutions, from Scotland to Cornwall, to support a flexible national grid.

The Canadian-UK Power Forward Challenge project winners will be announced in March 2021.

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