Open Partnership



Lietuvos Energija (LE) seeks to partner with other energy companies and utilities to develop new technological solutions or adapt existing ones for use in the energy industry. Utilities can collaborate with the LE group, for example, by conducting simultaneous pilot projects and sharing their results in adopting new technologies. Pilot projects can thus be carried out at half the cost and the speed of learning increased. LE is open to sharing its know-how and the lessons learned from our project base with other utilities willing to reciprocate.

Partnering in research and development is another way to collaborate with the LE group. We aim to become an active R&D partner in Baltic region for energy-related technologies, utilizing calls such as Horizon2020.


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As a partner, LE can offer:

  • Know-how: The LE group, with over 4,000 employees, has companies that span the energy value chain: from production and trade in natural gas and electricity to the distribution of natural gas and electricity.
  • Infrastructure: The LE group is able to provide access to its infrastructure (generation capabilities, distribution grid and data) for the testing of innovative technologies.


Currently ongoing R&D projects include two pre-commercial procurement initiatives, which are described in more detail below.



LEHUB4.0. Pre-Commercial Procurement for Innovative Technologies

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) is a vehicle for innovative companies to collaborate with public purchasing organizations within the LE Group (regulated businesses) for the purpose of researching and developing new innovative solutions before they become commercially available.

What is PCP?

PCP challenges industry from the demand side and provides a first customer reference that enables companies to create competitive advantage on the market. PCP enables companies that procure publicly to compare potential alternative approaches to address their needs and filter out the best possible solutions that the market can deliver.

PCP involves competition among diverse suppliers through different phases of development. The risks and benefits are shared between the procurers and the suppliers under market conditions.

For more information on PCP:

ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/pre-commercial-procurement
www.picse.eu/pre-commercial-procurement-pcp

PCP at Lietuvos Energija

Currently two specific PCP projects have been confirmed within the LE group. Both relate to operations and maintenance of the energy distribution system, therefore the procurer is Energijos Skirstymo Operatorius (ESO) – the group’s distribution system operator (DSO) company. The PCP projects include:

1. Technology for diagnostics and maintenance of overhead lines of the electricity distribution network.
2. Technology for identification of electrical metering hardware faults and tampering.

Technology for diagnostics and maintenance of overhead lines of the electricity distribution network

Currently, the DSO company is required to maintain the distribution grid and regularly perform inspections. In addition, after adverse weather such as storms and ice, the DSO has to inspect overhead lines visually to check for any damage. This process requires significant resources, since there are more than 92,000 km of overhead lines in Lithuania.

The pre-commercial procurement consists of 3 stages. At the end of each stage, a competition will be held, eliminating some participants and helping to select the best solution for the problem.



Total duration of all three stages of the pre-commercial procurement is 24 months. To participate in the first stage, use the following link:

Procurement budget: EUR 720,000

Download the technical specification of the PCP project in Lithuanian.





Who can participate?

  • Science and technology centres
  • Technical/science universities
  • Technical and research laboratories
  • Electricity meter manufacturers
  • Technology creation and development companies and startups


Technology for identification of electrical metering hardware faults and tampering

Due to the inactivity of one or more voltage coils/analogue precision elements on an electrical meter, the meter may not count some of the electricity that is consumed. Various things can cause elements to malfunction: a natural electrical discharge (lightning), a manufacturing defect, short-circuit current, current components with poor contact, premeditated tampering with elements using special devices, etc. At the moment, the energy distribution operator is unable to identify the reasons behind damage to an element. Even when it is informed that a meter was damaged by deliberate tampering, the company cannot prove the fault of the responsible person by law and/or in court.

The pre-commercial procurement consists of 3 stages. At the end of each stage, a competition will be held, eliminating some participants and helping to select the best solution for the problem.



Total duration of all three stages of the pre-commercial procurement is 29 months. To participate in the first stage, use the following link:

Procurement budget: EUR 125,600

Download the technical specification of the PCP project in Lithuanian.





Who can participate?

  • Science and technology centres
  • Technical/science universities
  • Technical and research laboratories
  • Electricity meter manufacturers
  • Technology creation and development companies and startups


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For any questions, please contact us via email info@leinnovationhub.com