ESA business applications is launching a new Invitation to Tender, to assess the technical feasibility and commercial viability of satellite-based services in support of smart grids and electricity grid maintenance. Any resulting studies are also intended to establish the roadmap for service implementation through one or more potential follow-on demonstration projects.
For the purpose of this study, ESA Business Applications has established cooperation with the following stakeholders, who will provide feedback to the study results and contribute with inputs towards potential follow-on demonstration projects.
In addition, the following technologies requiring the utilization of space assets may be of relevance to the services proposed in the feasibility study:
We offer funding and support to companies, both for business case assessment and for the development of new, space-empowered services for smart grid and electricity grid maintenance. Our offer includes:
We are looking for teams that have identified an attractive market opportunity with real potential for engaging customers. Motivation, business experience and domain expertise are all important features. We want to hear about your commercially viable, technically feasible business ideas that involve either space technology or space data. For this call, companies residing in the following Member States will be eligible to apply: AT, BE, CH, CZ, DE, DK, FI, FR, GR, IE, IT, LU, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SE, UK. See also the information below on obtaining letters of support from National Delegations.
Responding to an open competitive Invitation to Tender (ITT) requires the submission of a Full Proposal. The submission of the Full Proposal initiates the evaluation process according to ESA regulations and procedures.
The consequential evaluation of proposals results in a recommendation for a winning bid. If several proposals of sufficient quality are submitted, targeting different and/or complementary aspects, the Agency reserves the right to place parallel contracts for each of the open competitive ITTs, in coordination with the relevant national delegations (and with the other partners involved in the case of external funding).
For the fully detailed Proposal Guide on competitive ITTs click: Open Competition
The Prime and all subcontractors must register as potential bidders via esa-star, prior to downloading the official tender documents from EMITS and submitting the Full Proposal. The registration process needs to be started as soon as possible, as it will take time to complete.
Funded participation to ESA Business Applications is open to any company and/or organisation, be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation, residing in any of those states that subscribe to the ARTES IAP programme.
To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.
The applicable funding level of the individual prime- or subcontractors is subject to authorisation by the involved National Delegation(s). Therefore bidding teams are requested to obtain a Letter of Authorisation from all their national delegations before submitting a Full Proposal.
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* ESA will bear up to 50% of the acceptable project cost, and the remainder has to be financed by the tenderer and/or other partners through private and/or public sector direct or indirect, in cash or in-kind co-financing.