STEPS First Voucher Applications are currently being considered and the Irish SMEs are expected to be announced later this month. STEPS (STORAGE OF ENERGY & POWER SYSTEMS) is an Interreg NWE funded project that will assist 3cea to identify small-scale energy storage systems suitable for two testbeds in our region. The project gives funding and testbeds to SMEs to allow them to develop their products and increase their Technology Readiness Level (TRL). To read more about 3cea’s activities in STEPS, see here.
The project started in 2020 and in March 2021, over 60 SMEs across Europe applied to access the support vouchers that the scheme offers. The first voucher support will initially give the SMEs €12K of support to develop their products. The Irish SMEs are being selected and will be matched with supporting universities, both NUIG and elsewhere in Europe. 3cea will be in the position to confirm the successful STEPS first voucher applications from our region within the next month. Those SMEs that are not selected for the 1st Voucher Support are invited to apply again for the second call opening in June 2021. To learn more about the STEPS project and how you can apply, see the STEPS Business Support Programme on Interreg NWE’s site.