Case study

eGrid SME support

Electricity pylons
Narec Distributed Energy (Narec DE) is providing fully funded support for SMEs in the North East of England for low carbon and energy storage technologies, as part of a project being led by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.

This support will aid companies to overcome electrical issues related to the development, commercialisation and installation of renewable energy system technologies. Companies Narec DE can help include prototype developers, microgrid developers and companies installing their own innovative energy systems. Narec DE can provide up to 12 hours of funded assistance to each SME.

Support Available

  • Introductions to grid connection and modelling designs
  • Renewable technology grid connection
  • Energy storage technology assessment
  • MCS accreditation
  • Large scale energy storage design
  • Hybrid energy storage designs/modelling
  • Introduction to microgrids – grid connection
  • Micro grid modelling and design
  • G99/G100 assessment and training
  • Grid regulations and codes


To be eligible, a company must have*:

  • Less than 250 staff
  • A turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet total of less than €43m
  • Must have a trading address based within the North East of England**

* Other eligibility criteria apply dependent on percentages of companies owned by the applicant, and shares of the applicant owned by others

** Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham, Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside

Funding and Wider Project

ORE Catapult is undertaking a project to upgrade research infrastructure by the installation of an electric power converter system, eGrid. eGrid provides a platform for electrical power quality research and testing in a controlled environment in Blyth. One aspect of the project is to provide business support and advice to SMEs; As a result, Narec DE has been subcontracted by ORE Catapult to provide specialist support. The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

More Information

To get more information, and benefit from the eGrid project, please email or call 01670 543 009