Sustainable Island International programme members will be supported to identify potential partners to work within cluster groups. We anticipate there being up to 6 different clusters across electricity/heat/ transport/storage/ hydrogen and potentially others who all share a common product or market interest.

There are some obvious clusters that would be relevant to energy needs in international markets where the expertise of one company would complement another. For example:

  • Wind/solar (or other variable energy source) and energy storage/energy demand control.
  • Heat or cooling sources (heat pumps or solar thermal) and energy storage.
  • Hydrogen generation, with storage and fuel cells.

Technology suppliers may also benefit from the involvement of service providers, such as EPC contractors, financiers, project developers. Members of the programme have these capabilities

Once the cluster group is formed, Ricardo Energy & Environment will provide support by:

  • Facilitating meetings.
  • Developing an action plan for the cluster, and ensuring it is followed.
  • Guiding the development of the market propositions with input from technical experts on the program (link to technical expert’s page).
  • Liaison with, and signposting to, other support schemes (Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Scottish Development International, Department for International Trade etc.) to offer assistance.

The clusters will meet quarterly and Ricardo Energy & Environment will arrange for suitable venues. For each cluster, Ricardo Energy & Environment, will encourage and support the formation of bidding consortia where members of a cluster that will form a commercial arrangement to bid for and win work in international markets. Each consortium will need a leader, this will be required in most procurement processes for energy systems, where the specification and contract will likely require a firm to act as the lead.

Ricardo Energy & Environment will support the leader of any consortium leader to agree the agenda, and to follow up on actions and support agreed at the previous meeting.

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