The Energy Systems Catapult and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre are on the search for an SME to collaborate with in preliminary network testing on a key challenge area identified by the FPSA programme. The aim of the challenge is to test the SME’s solution to the FPSA challenges and to demonstrate the capability and behaviour of the network in response. We’ll work with the selected SME to identify and propose a method for validating the performance of the solution. 

The FPSA challenges include:

  • To provide a monitoring and control of those parts of the system under active management, including network assets, demand, generation, other energy resources and ancillary services.
  • To identify and protect, on an ongoing basis, against cyber security threats to the operability of the power system which originate from inside and outside the power sector. Detect and respond to existing, new and unforeseen cyber security incidents promptly as required.
  • To plan for the timely restoration of supplies following a prolonged local failure (Cold Start).
  • To provide the ability to move between different modes of overall operation in the event or threat of a system emergency.
  • To plan for the timely restoration of supplies following a total or partial shutdown (Black Start).

We would like to invite you to give us more insight into one of your products or services which will addresses one (or more) of the above challenges. You can do this by completing our Power Systems Challenge application form. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 8 November 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified mid-November 2017 and will be required to present their product or service to a panel on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at the Low Carbon and Network Conference in Telford.

If you have any further queries, please email us at

Join our webinar

The Energy Systems Catapult is hosting a webinar to provide further information around the challenge on Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 2pm. A link to the webinar will be posted on this page and on Twitter.