The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded its Technical Third Party Support contract for the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, ‘Lot 5 – Energy Generation and Distribution’ to a team led by systems, engineering and technology company, Frazer-Nash Consultancy.
This £4.3 million, three-and-a-half year contract will see Frazer-Nash Consultancy lead a team providing technical support to critical Net Zero Innovation Portfolio projects contributing to the development of new energy technologies, systems and processes. Frazer-Nash Consultancy is supporting the following technical areas within the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio:
- Offshore wind
- Onshore wind
- Heat pumps and retrofit
- Heat distribution
- Biomass boilers
- Solar heating
By 2035 the UK aims to be powered entirely by clean electricity and by 2050 have net zero carbon emissions. BEIS is investing over £1 billion through its Net Zero Innovation Portfolio to achieve both these goals. In collaboration with the other Lot holders, Frazer-Nash Consultancy will support BEIS to develop its programmes, and to assess and monitor the projects that will be delivered within the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.
Frazer-Nash Consultancy is an engineering and systems technology consultancy with a strong track record for delivering services within the energy market both for industry and BEIS. It is being supported by a further 11 organisations to deliver Lot 5, many of whom are small and medium-size enterprises. The team includes Avieco, Baringa, Cambridge Architectural Research, the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Cornwall Insight, Costain, NNFCC, Sirius, Tadek, TNEI and TUV Nord.
Business Managers for ‘Government Energy’ and ‘Advanced Nuclear and Government’, Felix Ritchie and Tom Purnell have been leading on the Frazer-Nash consortium’s bid.
Felix said, “The whole team is excited to be at the forefront of innovating to deliver Net Zero. Drawing on our expertise in energy generation and distribution, and working in collaboration with our supply chain partners, we will provide the expert support BEIS needs to realise the benefits of its £1 billion investment.”
Tom said, “Our support to BEIS will draw on our sector knowledge and experiences of working to successfully deliver government projects and programmes, including best practice drawn from our work on the government’s earlier Energy and Nuclear Innovation Programmes.”
David McNaught will lead the delivery of this support as the Project Technical Lead, David said:
“Our supply chain partners, including a significant complement of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), will be key to successful delivery of this support contract, and we anticipate that they will be delivering many of the services. We look forward to forging stronger relationships with them and to opening up further opportunities for us all.”