Energy Systems Catapult recognises that to lead a transformation in the energy system it should challenge how innovation is done, including addressing the lack of diversity in the sector. The Catapult therefore upholds the values of equality, diversity and inclusion, not only in the workplace but in the projects and partnerships it engages in.
One such example of this is the collaborative partnership with RiDC, an independent, national charity working towards an inclusive and accessible life for all. The Enabling Inclusive Innovation and Sustainable Choice programme in collaboration with RiDC will work with disabled and older consumers to deliver new research and assets that support the development of innovative, accessible smart and low carbon energy products and services, and to inform consumer and policy decision making.
RiDC will deliver the research through a programme of six insight and test evaluation projects, including utilising their pan‐disability consumer panel of over 2,500 people, doing co‐design workshops, accessibility, usability evaluations and mystery shopping.
This includes adding 50 new households with disabled consumers to Energy Systems Catapult’s Living Lab – a safe and affordable test environment of over 500 homes helping innovators rapidly design, market-test and launch smart energy products, services and business models.