Technical Consultancy

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NEA’s technical team provides consultancy services to a wide variety of organisations, including housing associations, manufacturers, network operators and government on the best use of technical solutions to alleviate fuel poverty. Placing low-income and vulnerable householders at the heart of what we do, we work with academic and industrial partners to develop and trial products with the ultimate aim of providing solutions to tackling fuel poverty in homes which are difficult or expensive to heat. The team evaluate a range of interventions including technologies used for heating, insulating and controlling energy in the home. Findings from all of our work are communicated to those with commercial and political influence and used by others in campaigning to end fuel poverty.

NEA’s technical team has gained extensive academic and practical experience within the energy industry. Each of the team members hold a degree, Masters qualification or PhD in energy or environmentally related disciplines to complement their years working within the sector. The team’s individual interests include renewable technology solutions for communities, insulation retrofits and home energy efficiency improvements.

Funding opportunities

The Technical team are currently seeking partners to work on specific funding opportunities:

  • Community renewable energy groups who would like to address fuel poverty through a project to develop a community heat or energy initiative and need consultancy support or engagement/evaluation services to support their project.  NEA can provide technical advice, and assistance with their funding bid to the Rural Community Energy Fund.
  • UK-based manufacturers/research & technology organisations with an idea for developing new products or new functionality to existing products which are set for rapid commercialisation, to bid for Innovate UK’s Smart Grants for feasibility studies / industrial research. NEA can provide assistance with market research, product testing, scheme design and monitoring to demonstrate your innovation, and particularly to take customer/user needs into account.  We are well placed to involve our own research teams or academic partners to deliver a robust meaningful project.
  • Manufacturers / installers of products which have been proven to save energy in a laboratory but now need testing at scale, to partner on ECO3 Innovation Demonstration funding – we can provide assistance to design and deliver a monitoring programme in to prove energy savings in homes, particularly in those vulnerable to fuel poverty.

Other funding streams do become available, so if you have a project idea which doesn’t fall into any of the above categories, but which has a fuel poverty reduction aspect and requires monitoring, do please contact us to discuss possibilities.

Contact Michael Hamer – Technical Manager on 0191 269 2904 or e-mail michael.hamer@nea.org.uk

 

Published on 07-06-2017
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