Eastern New Energy – Cambridgeshire

The Eastern New Energy is a collaborative research project led by the University of East London (UEL) with the aim to build a stronger Local Energy and Low Carbon Economy in the East of England. The project is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Eastern New Energy project is led by the University of East London, with a wider partnership comprising 23 organisations.

It is designed to help local enterprises (private and social) and other organisations across the region understand and remove the barriers that we all face in rapidly decarbonising our communities, buildings, transport, and lives. It covers the counties of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Rutland and parts of Lincolnshire and Essex.

The project is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Eastern New Energy project is led by the University of East London, with a wider partnership comprising 23 organisations.

For more information, please contact warren.pope@retrofitworks.co.uk.

Looking to support individual households
as well as SME companies.
RetrofitWorks is extending the Ecofurb domestic refurbishment scheme into South Cambridgeshire. Ecofurb provides a whole house approach to improving the energy efficiency of your home. The first step is to link you up with an Ecofurb Coordinator who will assess your home and talk with you about your priorities and what can be done to your home. Your Ecofurb Coordinator will produce an Ecofurb plan showing your home’s current performance, what you could achieve, and a phased plan taking you as close to net zero carbon as possible.
If you are planning a renovation or multi-improvement works, we can get you quotes from our network of contractors, who are members of our cooperative, and we will oversee the work to make sure it is completed to the required standards.
To find out more about what we do and to please visit our website https://ecofurb.com/
and perhaps experiment with our plan builder tool.

 

WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE?

For SME companies we can help you with the following:

Develop and commercialise your low carbon products, technologies and services.
Grow and develop your business – and take advantage of rapidly growing ‘green’ market sectors.
Retrofit affordable low/zero carbon homes

The Eastern New Energy team can support the development of your product or service. Our support incudes:

  • Understanding and identifying business opportunities for your business in low carbon growth market sectors
  • Finding and meeting new customers (and retaining existing ones) as low carbon considerations become increasingly important to them
  • Helping with demonstrations of products and services
  • Developing and implementing a low carbon marketing and communications strategy for your business
  • Finding complementary businesses with whom you can collaborate
  • Supporting the development of personal / domestic energy management applications using data, IoT applications and Hub of all Things’ (HAT) technology as a basis for product/service development
  • Working with the retrofit supply chain to:
    a) Introduce new products and services for retrofit
    b) Identify retrofit packages comprising of newer technologies and approaches to reducing energy use in housing, maximising decarbonisation and minimising cost
    c) Facilitate demonstrations of these retrofit packages
    The focus wherever possible will be on using innovative approaches and techniques (such as smart energy systems, high performance insulation materials, digital controls, etc) – combined with use of standard measures as part of an innovative approach.

All of the business support services and workshops we provide in the ENE project are free.

ELIGIBILITY – WHO CAN WE HELP?

The project is offering assistance to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.  RetrofitWorks will be focusing on SMEs located in the Cambridgeshire Peterborough Combined Authority area.

For companies to meet ERDF Eligibility Criteria, companies must be:

  • Small to medium-sized enterprises – operating economically
  • Employing fewer than 250 staff (249 or less)
  • Turnover not exceeding €50m (circa. £46m as in August 2019) and/or a balance sheet of €43m (circa. £39m as at August 2019)
  • Operating in, new to or seeking to locate in the East of England region (or)
  • A new enterprise (Start-up company) less than 12 months old

There are eligibility criteria that your business will need to meet and the project is unable to support businesses from certain sectors including (but not limited to); Fisheries or aquaculture, Agriculture or the processing of agricultural products, Synthetic fibres, Banking and insurance, Healthcare, and School age education.

Eligible Technologies

  • Solar PV (plus battery storage)
  • Solar PV (plus private wire)
  • Lighting replacement (LED)
  • Zonal controls; heating controls
  • Radiant heating (electric only)
  • Boiler replacement (including Air, Ground and Water Source Heat Pumps – not condensing gas boilers)
  • Motor replacement
  • Upgrading existing motors with variable speed drives
  • Installation of CHP systems
  • Upgrading of process equipment
  • Power quality improvement (power factor correction, harmonic suppression, upgrading to low loss transformers)

This list details the technologies that are eligible for funding support. It is possible the list will be updated throughout the project, so potential applicants should check their chosen technology is eligible for support before they start the application process.

 

Find Out More

Contact

The Eastern New Energy project is led by the University of East London, with a wider partnership comprising 23 organisations. For more information, please contact warren.pope@retrofitworks.co.uk