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Call for Innovation Ideas.

Periodic indicative notice - utilities


Directive 2004/17/EC
This notice is a call for competition: no
This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: no

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd
Newington House, 237 Southwark Bridge Road
SE1 6NP London

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Main activity
I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities
The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:
Call for Innovation Ideas.
II.2)Type of contract
II.3)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
Innovation Strategy:
UK Power Networks (Operations) Limited (UKPN) is committed to both technical and commercial innovation in order to deliver value and continuous improvement benefits for our customers. In order to have a proactive, healthy and well-balanced innovation portfolio, we seek ideas from all UK Power Networks business units and at the same time also keep abreast of industry technology developments.
Network Innovation Allowance (NIA):

Innovation is a key element of the new RIIO (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs) model for price controls. The RIIO framework provides strong incentives for Network Licensees to innovate as part of normal business. However, certain Research, Development, and Demonstration Projects are speculative in nature and yield uncertain commercial returns. The NIA is available to UK Power Networks to fund eligible projects that will deliver benefits to customers (more information on the NIA and the eligibility criteria can be found here - ).

Why UK Power Networks is issuing this call:
Following the identification of key innovation topics from each business unit, UK Power Networks is putting in place a process to provide more visibility of our needs, and receive innovation ideas from interested parties. The Call for Innovation Ideas is open to all vendors, and is the proposed approach taken by UK Power Networks for Request for Information.
There is a dual purpose to this call:
- to potentially include in this process any supplier that may have an eligible project idea,
- to give clear guidelines on when project ideas are considered eligible for this process (i.e. guidelines on when a supplier should and should not respond to the call).
Please note that we expect to issue further calls for innovation ideas in the future on different Innovation topics.
Why should suppliers be interested in this call and the benefits to the supplier?:
The main benefits to suppliers could be the availability of funding to further develop a product, solution or idea a practical demonstration on a DNO network, or an increased profile within the DNO community.
Our commitments to suppliers:
Whilst we cannot guarantee that a project idea will be taken forward, we will endeavour to provide feedback. The information provided to UK Power Networks will be treated as confidential, and will not be shared with any third party unless approval to do so has been given.
II.4)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

31200000, 31321100, 44321000, 34928210, 44212220, 44212224, 44212226, 31214000, 31320000, 31321210, 31321220, 31321300, 35111500, 48461000, 31200000, 71600000, 71621000, 72210000, 73000000, 90742000, 71300000, 71335000, 71356000, 90500000, 31210000, 31214120, 31600000, 44110000, 44210000, 45000000, 71500000, 90710000, 38431300, 72230000, 72200000, 31321000

II.5)Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract
II.6)Estimated cost and main terms of financing
II.6.1)Initial estimated cost
II.6.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
A brief description of all the Key Innovation topics that UK Power Networks is focusing on for this Call for Innovation Ideas can be found below:
Asset management:
- EHV conductors and fittings,
- fluid filled cables,
- wood poles,
- link boxes,
- high voltage underground cables,
- fire suppression systems,
- preventative maintenance of civil assets,
- management of small-scale distributed generation,
- Asset Management (power Quality Management).
- induced voltages,
- working at height,
- live line working,
- noise impact,
- EMF,
- asset disposal,
- earthing of mobile generators.
Capital programme:
- alternative construction materials,
- design and construction - build off site,
- design and construction - containerisation,
- improvement of construction related carbon footprint.
Network operations:
- LV underground cable faults,
- storm response.

To get a full description of the innovation topic areas above and instructions for completing the response document template please send a email (detailing contact name and company name) directly to:

In the document you will see for each innovation topic, a description of the issues outlined as well as the specific capabilities we are aiming to develop in order to address these issues.
I.1) Name, addresses and contact point(s):
National ID: Company Number 03870728

Section IV: Procedure and administrative information

IV.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting entity:
01 2015 IFI

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Estimated total value of supplies or services contract(s)
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: