Innovation and development

Energy innovation through research, development and demonstration is a key priority for SSE. Striving to be at the forefront of more sustainable energy systems, we recognise the value of innovation to provide secure, clean and efficient energy that is reliable, sustainable and competitive.

The UK energy industry faces many challenges and the key to our continued success will be our ability to adapt and meet these challenges.

In addressing these challenges we are leading a number of research and development programmes which include novel industrial scale demonstration projects. SSE believes that meeting these challenges requires working together across sectors and industries for shared learning, and we actively encourage engagement and collaboration with our industry partners, supply chain, government bodies, interest groups and leading European academics.


Our focus today

Our innovation focus includes: 

  • Low carbon technologies
  • Demand side management
  • Localised energy systems
  • Reducing the cost of offshore wind
  • Energy storage
  • Environment
  • ICT innovation
  • Cleaner and more efficient energy generation
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Our commitment 

Our current research portfolio (Jan 2015), has a total value of over £227m based on CAPEX alone. Within this portfolio we are involved in a number of nationally significant projects including:

We are also involved in collaborative European FP7 R&D projects with values in excess of £30m. These include:

At SSE we strive to build on our success from previous projects and we are keen to actively engage with Europe to develop innovative research and development programmes through the Horizon 2020 European funding programme.

Our approach  and experience

Our Research team consists of a range of technical specialists with varied experience and expertise across our business. Their experience has been central to our success so far and will be vital in helping us achieve our future goals. The team is constantly reviewing our research portfolio to align with our business strategy and to meet market demands.

Collaborative R&D underpins much of our work and gives us access to the very latest expertise and technologies. Our Research and Funding teams have close links with large organisations, government bodies, and SMEs, as well as leading universities.


For further information on our innovation projects, or if you would like to discuss a potential partnership on a collaborative project, please don’t hesitate to make contact with one of our team.

Contact details:

Ken Scott - Head of Innovation (