Open Innovation Call 3 : Social Innovation and Energy Collaboration

Closed15 Dec, 2022, 9:30am - 30 Jan, 2023, 5:00pm

Do you have an idea that could help transform the way Limerick uses energy? 

Limerick City and County Council, as part of +CityxChange, are offering up to €5000 for your energy-related project

+CityxChange Open Innovation Calls are an invitation to the public to participate in the work of the +CityxChange project in Limerick. We're working to develop a Positive Energy District in the city - an area that over the course of a year generates more energy from local renewable sources than it consumes.  The project is supported by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, and the project team includes Limerick City & County Council, University of Limerick, Smart MPower, GKinetic, and ESB Networks among others. 

Open Innovation Calls are an opportunity to test out new ideas, prototypes, and services, with support from +CityxChange partners. Ideas are tested in real life settings for a set period of time  and we welcome interest from citizens, makers, creatives, startups, businesses, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other stakeholders. 

Two Open Innovation Calls since 2019 have supported eleven projects addressing the themes Re-imagining Limerick's Laneways and Take control of Your Energy.

This third Open Innovation Call will support projects that explore social and other innovations to enable energy collaboration. We're looking for ideas that can help us work together to reduce the amount of energy used, e.g. by promoting collaborative approaches to energy retrofits or grant schemes; and increase the renewable energy generated by residents, businesses, and others in the city, e.g. through working together on the development of local renewable energy projects. Projects to be demonstrated and visible in the city and we are particularly interested to support innovative approaches in the city centre. The theme includes:


  • encouraging the development of Sustainable Energy Communities and energy cooperatives (what could encourage people to work together to use less energy  or to generate more renewable energy?)
  • using sensors and data to support the formation of neighbourhood collaborations around energy (how might we measure different kinds of energy use/production in the city?) 
  • enabling decision-making on energy usage by individuals and communities that supports energy collaboration (how do we help people to take control of their energy use through energy conservation, retrofit or renewable energy generation)
  • encouraging more energy users to become Active Consumers/Prosumers (how can more people become consumers and producers of local renewable energy?)
  • supporting energy saving activities including recycling, waste management improvements, and smarter production methods
  • other innovations that support collaborations to accelerate progress towards a clean energy future


For more information, you can download the briefing document and privacy statement at the links below.  Please click Next Page below to begin your application.


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