North East Energy Firm Gets Battery Innovation Boost

Connected Energy's E-STOR battery system, utilising recycled Renault electric vehicle (EV) batteriesConnected Energy’s E-STOR battery system, utilising recycled Renault electric vehicle (EV) batteries

Newcastle-based Connected Energy’s innovative battery storage system has been given a competitive boost after receiving specialist input from a support programme designed to help north east companies to develop electricity grid-related technology.

Connected Energy worked with UK grid experts Decerna to achieve the latest G99 compliance for its innovative E-STOR battery system. The support came as part of the Grid Connection Support Series, a programme run by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult designed to provide business support for companies seeking to grow and innovate across grid-related products and services.

With more renewable energy power entering the grid, combined with the phasing out of old generators, companies with technologies that meets the latest standards are better prepared for the complex requirements of the modern grid. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the free-to-access Grid Connection Support Series will run until 2020, providing masterclasses, innovation challenges and direct business support to better prepare the UK supply chain for future grid connection challenges.

William Hair of Connected Energy said:

“The help from the Grid Connection Support Series was invaluable. It has allowed us to access world-leading knowledge in the UK grid, which ensures our products comply with all of the latest regulations as the UK electricity grid transitions from G59 to G99.”

Bryan Dixon of Decerna said:

“Supporting battery manufacturers is vital, the UK electricity grid requires significant amounts of storage to ensure that the UK can transition to 100% renewables. Connected Energy are one of the few UK-based battery manufacturers of this scale, and it is incredibly important to us to support UK innovation in renewables and storage.”

Ravneet Kaur, Innovation Manager at ORE Catapult said:

“This is a great example of the Grid Connection Support Series delivering for a UK SME, enabling them to become more competitive as a result. The Series provides great opportunities for companies to advance low carbon technology, research and innovation and I’d like to see more businesses take advantage of this opportunity.”

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Notes to Editors

About the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is one of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK’s leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy and helps to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting the growth of the industry and creating UK benefit.

eGrid project

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is upgrading its research infrastructure through the installation of a grid emulation system, named ‘eGrid’, located at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland. The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.

As a result, the Grid Connection Support Series, incorporating the Future of Energy Systems Masterclasses, is offering business support services and assistance to UK SMEs seeking to grow and innovate in grid connection products and services, at no cost to participating companies.


Decerna is an organisation specialises in providing technical consultancy and training within the areas of grid connection, battery energy storage technologies, energy efficiency and onshore renewable energy.

Connected Energy

A developer and supplier of energy storage systems which are now active across Europe, Connected Energy is unique in having a world leading technology using second life electric vehicle batteries – a sustainable solution with global applications.

European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

The project allows for an upgrade of 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.

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NDE to support 250 companies across the north east reduce their carbon footprint

NDE have secured a contract with five North East local authorities to identify energy efficiency solutions that will help over 250 SMEs across the region cut energy costs.

NDE will be delivering the Business Energy Savings Team (BEST) project to support SMEs across Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Sunderland identify and implement energy saving improvements.

Rising energy costs are a significant issue for businesses of all sizes, operating in all sectors. The BEST project will provide a fully-funded energy audit, designed to identify ways to save energy in day to day business operations, saving money and cutting carbon. A grant fund for around 100 SMEs will also be available to help cover the costs of improvements. The project aims to achieve reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from SMEs of 1,000 tonnes CO2e.

Speaking about the contract award, Adam Stewart, Senior Project Manager at NDE said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract by Newcastle City Council and are very much looking forward to working with hundreds of SMEs across the region to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions.”

Formed as an independent company in 2012 – following a spin out from the UK National Renewable Energy Centre – Decerna has since carved a reputation as an industry leader in renewable energy, grid connection and training.

Based in Blyth, Decerna specialise in a range of renewable energy and grid connection activities including bespoke training, strategic consultancy, feasibility and design services. The company was formed with the aims of reducing carbon emissions, alleviating fuel poverty, improving energy security and stimulating economic growth.


For further information, visit or contact Adam Stewart on or 01670 357335

Decerna is a commercial renewable energy/energy efficiency/energy storage company based in Blyth (

The BEST project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the project partners Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council and Sunderland City Council.