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					               THE PANEL OF INDEPENDENT ASSESSORS
                           SUPPORTING
                    DTI ENERGY PROGRAMMES:

  1. The Emerging Energy Technologies area of the Technology Programme
  2. The Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Carbon Abatement Technologies
     Demonstration Programme
  3. The Wave and Tidal Stream Energy Demonstration Programme
  4. The Low Carbon Buildings Demonstration Programme



                INFORMATION AND APPLICATION PACK




Note:

Current assessors under the Emerging Energy Technologies area of the Technology
Programme will need to apply in this competition if they wish to continue to be
considered for future proposal assessments. It should be noted that an assessor’s
performance on the current panel will be used alongside the information they
provide on the form in this application pack in assessing their suitability for
appointment.
The assessment criteria that will be used to assess previous performance are
available upon request from the address overleaf.
CONTENTS

This pack is for those wishing to apply to join the panel for the assessment of
project proposals received by the DTI under:

         The Emerging Energy Technologies area of the Technology Programme
         The Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Carbon Abatement Technologies
          Demonstration Programme
         The Wave and Tidal Stream Energy Demonstration Programme
         The Low Carbon Buildings Demonstration Programme.



It contains the following sections:

          SECTION ONE                           JOB SPECIFICATION (INCLUDING
                                                BACKGROUND ON THE PROGRAMMES)

          SECTION TWO                           PROCEDURE FOR APPOINTMENTS

          SECTION THREE                         AN APPLICATION FORM

          ANNEXES


If you have any queries regarding the information contained in this pack, please
phone:

Contracts representative:

          Ms Jill Hopkins
          AEA Technology plc
          FES Contracts
          B329, Harwell
          Didcot
          Oxon
          OX11 0QJ

Or e-mail: jill.hopkins@aeat.co.uk


The application form should be downloaded, completed electronically and
emailed to:

nre-cfp@aeat.com

Where signatures are required they should be added electronically. If you do not
have this facility then signed copies of these pages alone should be mailed to the
address above, ensuring you have also entered your full name on page 9.


Application Pack – DTI Energy Programmes Independent Assessors
SECTION ONE: JOB SPECIFICATION

INTRODUCTION

The DTI wishes to appoint a panel of independent assessors to assess (i) research and
development projects and (ii) demonstration projects under the following DTI
programmes:

         The Emerging Energy Technologies area of the Technology Programme
          (including renewables, hydrogen, fuel cells, cleaner fossil fuels for power
          generation and carbon abatement technologies)
         The Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Carbon Abatement Technologies
          Demonstration Programme
         The Wave and Tidal Stream Energy Demonstration Programme
         The Low Carbon Buildings Demonstration Programme.

These programmes, their objectives and sources of further information are described
below.

The Emerging Energy Technologies area of the Technology Programme

The Emerging Energy Technologies area within the Technology Programme is one
element of the Government’s overall policy of developing and deploying sources of
sustainable energy wherever they have a prospect of achieving commercial
competitiveness. The Technology Programme’s role is primarily to support
industrially led, pre-competitive research and development projects that offer
prospects for improving the performance and/or reducing the cost of energy
derived from renewable energy sources, hydrogen and other low carbon
technologies.

The principal energy technologies covered within the Emerging Energy Technologies
area are photovoltaics, wind, biomass, tidal, wave, fuel cells, hydrogen, cleaner fossil
fuels for power generation, carbon abatement technologies for fossil fuel use and
sustainable electricity networks. On occasions proposals for R&D projects are also
received on hydro-power, active solar and energy from waste.

The recruitment of Technology Programme projects is through a twice-yearly Call for
Proposals, which involves the submission of Outline Proposals and subsequently Full
Proposals from those organisations short-listed from the first ‘Outline’ round.
Projects are selected using a range of relevant evaluation criteria to determine value
for money to the DTI. More information about the Technology Programme and the
assessment process for Outline and Full Proposals is available on the web site
www.dti.gov.uk/technologyprogramme/




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The Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Carbon Abatement Technologies Demonstration
Programme

The Fuel Cells, Hydrogen and Carbon Abatement Technologies Demonstration
Programme (HFCCAT) is designed to address two of the Government’s key energy
priorities set out in the Energy White Paper (2003): cost competitive carbon emissions
reductions, and increased security of supply. Details of the programme are still being
worked out and an informal consultation is planned shortly, so the following
description may be subject to later modification.

Hydrogen is seen as a promising longer-term option for a low carbon future.
Demonstrations of hydrogen systems involving production, storage, distribution and
utilisation or part of this system are expected to be eligible for assistance under this
programme. Projects that offer a real advance in current technology, in performance
and/or cost, will be particularly welcome, as will projects with a strong UK
component.

Demonstrations of all types of fuel cells system are likely to be eligible for assistance
under this programme, although preference will be given to projects with a strong UK
component and where there is an opportunity to feed back learning from the
demonstration to ongoing R&D activities. It is likely that a range of different fuel cell
types and applications will be selected for support, including transport and stationary
applications.

Carbon abatement technologies cover a range of generic options for reducing CO2
emissions from fossil fuel combustion. These include:

         Higher efficiency conversion processes
         Fuel switching to lower carbon alternatives
         CO2 capture and storage

The following process schemes could be considered:

         Coal burning with flue-gas scrubbing of CO2
         Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle with pre-combustion capture of CO2
         Oxyburn
         A Combined Cycle Unit contracted separately to an upstream gasification
          module
         Any other appropriate technology that an organisation is familiar with.

The HFCCAT Programme’s aim is to provide opportunities for learning and
doing by undertaking a limited number of properly evaluated demonstrations of
the technology in real operating environments.

The HFCCAT Programme will seek competitive bids to demonstrate these
technologies and systems in the UK. Further information on the CAT element of this
programme can be found at: www.dti.gov.uk/energy/coal/cfft/catstrategy.shtml




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The Wave and Tidal Stream Energy Demonstration Programme

At the present time the developers predicted electricity generation costs of wave and
tidal technologies are still much higher than those of many other renewable energy
technologies, let alone conventional energy. This means that they cannot operate
profitably under current market conditions. However, it is expected that experience
gained during the early years of pre-commercial operation will enable developers to
reduce electricity generation costs by:

         reducing the capital cost of the devices themselves
         increasing power capture efficiency
         improving reliability.

It has been argued that these improvements are more likely to be achieved as a result
of learning by doing during the early stages of pre-commercial manufacturing and
operation than by carrying out further R&D. Analogy with the development of
onshore wind suggests that generation costs sufficiently low to enable commercially
viable operation under some future support mechanism might be achieved if the
technology develops in a similar way. In August 2004 the Secretary of State for
Trade and Industry announced the setting up of a Marine Renewables Deployment
Fund that aims to support innovative and visionary businesses to take first class
research and development (on wave and tidal-stream energy technologies) to market.
The background to the scheme, its aims and objectives and mode of operation are
described in the DTI publication ‘Wave and Tidal Stream Demonstration Scheme’
see: www.dti.gov.uk/renewables/business_pdfs/waveandtidalstreamdemonstrationscheme.pdf

The Low Carbon Buildings Demonstration Programme

Since the publication of the Energy White Paper in 2003 the potential for renewable
technologies and barriers to uptake have been assessed in the Renewables Innovation
Review (RIR). The RIR identified the potential for microgeneration technologies and
suggested that the environmental benefits in buildings could be maximised by
developing an appropriate mix of building integrated renewables and energy
efficiency.

In response to these recommendations, the Low Carbon Buildings Demonstration
Programme will supersede the current DTI grant schemes for small-scale renewable
energy technologies (which are due to end in March 2006). It will provide a more
holistic approach to reducing carbon emissions from buildings through a combination
of practical advice on energy efficiency measures and capital grants for, and practical
advice on, the installation of micro-renewables.

Further information on the Low Carbon Buildings Demonstration Programme and its
structure and aims and objectives can be found at:
www.dti.gov.uk/consultations/files/publication-1505.pdf




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Summary

The DTI is looking to establish a single panel of independent assessors (the panel) to
assist with the evaluation of proposals submitted to the Programmes described above.
Assessors will be appointed to the panel and may be asked to assess proposals on one
or more of the Programmes depending on their knowledge and skills.
This application pack is for those wishing to apply to join the panel for the
assessment of proposals received under each of the above Programmes.
The DTI is not able to accept joint applications from groups of individuals working
for the same company: each person wishing to be considered for appointment to the
panel must submit a separate application.
If appointed to the panel, there is no guarantee that the services of an assessor will be
called upon as this depends on the content of the Proposals received. If assessors are
invited to assist, they will be asked to prepare a brief assessment of each Outline
Proposal they are allocated, a more detailed evaluation of any Full Proposal allocated
and to attend meetings with the programme management contractor1, other panel
members and chaired by DTI representatives. These meetings are to discuss the
assessments at both the outline and full proposal stages and to reach a consensus
recommendation to DTI. Correspondence is preferably conducted electronically.

Required knowledge and expertise
The ideal candidates will have the following knowledge/expertise:
          A knowledge of energy matters
          Specific knowledge of one or more of the following:

               o    Individual or groups of renewable energy technologies
               o    Hydrogen energy technologies
               o    Fuel cell technologies
               o    Cleaner fossil fuel power sector technologies
               o    Carbon abatement technologies
               o    Design, operation and management of electricity networks
               o    Procurement of project finance and venture capital
               o    Management of demonstration programmes
               o    Alternative transport fuels

          An ability to comprehend and assess the technical and business merits of
           sometimes complex scientific/engineering R&D proposals
          An ability to assess the likely commercial exploitation of the outputs of R&D
           proposals and an understanding of the markets into which potential products
           will be placed
          Breadth of vision and impartiality (while also bringing a specific technical and
           business insight to the proposal under consideration)
          An ability to contribute clear and concise written and oral assessments.


1   This is the organisation appointed by the DTI to manage a particular programme on its behalf.


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The DTI is also prepared to consider applicants who have extensive knowledge of
managing major construction or procurement projects.

Equal opportunities

The DTI is concerned that the panel should be representative of the population at
large and is keen to ensure that there is a balance on the board in terms of diversity.
The DTI would therefore welcome applications from members of any minority group
and particularly from women, ethnic minorities and disabled people. Appointments
will be made purely on merit.

Terms and conditions

(i)       Code of Practice

All independent assessors are expected to abide by the panel’s Code of Practice (see
Annex B).

(ii)      Time commitments

Typically, members of the current Technology Programme assessment panel each
evaluate around thirty outline proposals and eight full proposals per year. A Panel
Member would expected to be able to complete the assessment of at least five outline
proposals in one day, and at least two full proposals in one day.

Panel Members are also expected to attend up to four Proposal assessment meetings
per year, in addition to an initial briefing meeting, following appointment to the panel,
which will cover the role of the independent assessor, the DTI’s expectations, how to
deal with any questions, and the background, aims and objectives of the
Programme(s).

(iii)     Length of Appointment

Appointments will be for a period of 3 years.

(iv)      Payment

The payment rates listed below are for assessing projects on the current Technology
Programme – they are subject to change. The other programmes have differing
application procedures and forms. Assessors will be notified of the rates payable for
assessments on these programmes if and when they are requested to assess proposals
under a given programme.

Panel members will receive £100 per outline Proposal that is assessed.
An outline proposal consists of around 6-10 pages of text with supporting information
and the evaluation is recorded in a standard format sheet.
Panel Members will receive £200 per full proposal that is assessed.




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A full proposal is likely to comprise 8-12 of pages of text with more detailed
supporting information and up to 5 one-page annexes with further detailed
information on the proposed project.
Panel members will receive £350 per day plus travel and subsistence at civil service
rates for attendance at an Advisory Committee meeting2.
The budget for each assessment or package of assessments will be agreed in advance
with the programme management contractor (see footnote on page 4).
Panel members will receive £175 plus travel and subsistence at civil service rates for
attendance at an initial half- day briefing meeting.

Panel members will not be considered as employees of the DTI for employment law
purposes: the DTI will not contribute to pension funds, sick pay or other benefits.




2
  Advisory Committee meetings are organised to allow assessors to discuss their assessments and aim
to arrive at a consensus view on each proposal in terms of advice to DTI on whether it should be
progressed either to the full proposal stage (outline assessments) or a grant be offered (full proposal
stage).


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SECTION TWO: PROCEDURE FOR APPOINTMENTS


(a)       Application forms should be completed and returned no later than 12:00 noon
          on 30th January 2006.

          Please e-mail completed applications to nre-cfp@aeat.com


(b)       Use the following title in the header for the e-mail application: “Independent
          Assessor Application – AEAT CFP NO E/5C/PANEL”


(c)       Late applications will not be accepted


(d)       Applicants will then be short listed by an appointments board comprising
          senior DTI officials and DTI’s technical advisors. Candidates may be asked to
          attend interviews at the DTI in London. If you are invited for interview, travel
          expenses will be paid.


(e)       If necessary, interviews will be held in February 2006.


(f)       Successful applicants will be sent a letter of appointment and unsuccessful
          candidates notified.




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Application Pack – DTI Energy Programmes Independent Assessors   Page 8 of 21
SECTION THREE: APPLICATION PACK

You should complete all sections of this form (including Annex A). Information
provided must be accurate and complete.

The application form should be downloaded, completed on computer and e-mailed.

The information recorded in this questionnaire will be held on a database for
management purposes. To comply with data protection legislation, we would
appreciate it if you would sign the following 'waiver'. Please add your electronic
signature in the box below.

If you DO NOT have this facility please post a signed copy of this page to:

          Ms Jill Hopkins
          AEA Technology plc
          FES Contracts
          B329 Harwell
          Didcot
          Oxon
          OX11 0QJ

And mark your envelope:

“Independent Assessor Application – AEAT CFP NO E/5C/PANEL DPA Waiver
Form”

There is no objection to the information contained within this questionnaire being
incorporated in a computer database for management purposes.




  Full Name




  Signed




Application Pack – DTI Energy Programmes Independent Assessors                Page 9 of 21
1. Personal Details

Title: Mr / Mrs / Miss / Ms / Other # (please specify)
Surname
First names
Current employment




Employment history
(brief summary)




Relevant education
and training




Professional
membership


Contact address




Telephone number
Fax number
E-mail

#
    Delete as appropriate


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1. References

Please provide the names and address of two people from entirely separate
organisations who support your application and who have agreed to provide
references. They must not be related to you and should have an authoritative and
personal knowledge of your work. You must have approached them before submitting
this application.

You are not expected to have references ready by the closing date for applications.
AEA Technology Environment, acting for he DTI, will contact your referees during
the selection process if necessary.

Referee 1                                                   Referee 2
Name                                                        Name


Organisation                                                Organisation




Position                                                    Position




Address                                                     Address




Postcode                                                    Postcode


Telephone                                                   Telephone


Email                                                       Email




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2. Statement of Interest

Please state why you are interested in being a Panel Member (in not more than 150 words)




3. Knowledge and expertise

The Job Specification (Section 1) sets out the knowledge and areas of expertise
relevant to being a Panel Member. Please indicate below your knowledge and area(s)
of expertise, linking them to the Job Specification as necessary.

Please indicate in 150 words or fewer your knowledge/expertise in the following
areas – if you have no relevant expertise in a particular area please enter ‘None’.

Energy matters




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Renewable Energy Technologies




Hydrogen energy technologies




Fuel cell technologies




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Cleaner fossil fuels for power sector technologies




Carbon abatement technologies for fossil fuel use




Design, operation and management of electricity networks




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Assessing the technical and business merits of complex scientific/engineering R&D
Proposals




Assessing the potential for commercial exploitation of R&D proposals




An understanding of the markets in which the technologies operate




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An understanding of project finance and venture capital




Experience of managing demonstration projects




Provision of both written and oral assessments in a clear and concise manner




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5. Conflicts of interest

Please indicate below any potential conflict of interest, which you would be required
to disclose if you were to be appointed as a Panel Member, and any other personal
connection that might be open to misconstruction.




6.        Declaration

         I would like to be considered for appointment as a panel member.

         I have completed the disability / ethnicity questions at Annex A

         I undertake, on appointment, to follow the provisions of the Code of Practice
          (see Annex B) including the provisions on handling conflicts of interest

         I have not included any information, which I know to be misleading or
          incorrect, nor have I omitted information pertinent to my application.

         I also certify that I will inform the DTI immediately of any changes in
          circumstances that affect he answers I have given.

Please enter your signature electronically. If you cannot do this please follow the
procedure on page 8 (mailing a signed copy of this page to the address given).


Signature of applicant:


Date:




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ANNEX A

DISABILITY

For our monitoring purposes only, would you please indicate
whether you consider yourself to be disabled.

Some buildings have limited facilities and access for people
with disabilities. Please tick this box if you have specific
facility or access requirements.

Please provide details of any special needs you have which would assist you to take
up an appointment e.g. access facilities, sign language, interpreter, documents in Braille.




ETHNIC ORIGIN

The DTI is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy in Public Appointments. For
monitoring purposes, please indicate your ethnic origin in your own words.




Or, if you prefer, please indicate by marking one of the boxes below.

White                                                     Indian

Black-African                                             Pakistani

Black-Caribbean                                           Chinese

Bangladeshi

Please enter your signature electronically. If you cannot do this please follow the
procedure on page 8 (mailing a signed copy of this page to the address given).


Signature………………………………………………..

Date…………………………………………….


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ANNEX B

CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE PANEL OF INDEPENDENT ASSESSORS
SUPPORTING THE DTI’S ENERGY PROGRAMMES.

All new panel members must undertake, on appointment, to follow the provisions of
this Code.

Standards in Public Life

The independent assessors must, at all times, observe the highest standards of
impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to the advice they provide.
They must:

    follow the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards
     in Public Life (see Annex C below);

    comply with this Code and ensure they understand their duties, rights and
     responsibilities,

    not misuse information gained in the course of their public service for personal or
     commercial gain or for political purpose, nor seek to use the opportunity of public
     service to promote their private interests or those of connected persons, firms,
     businesses or other organisations,

    not hold any paid or high profile unpaid posts in a political party, nor engage in
     specific political activities on matters directly affecting the Programme.

Role of Panel Members

Names of the panel members will be in the public domain.

Panel Members can normally be removed from office if they fail to perform the duties
required of them in line with expected standards.

Handling conflicts of interests

Panel members are selected for the knowledge and experience they bring to relevant
topics. If they are employed by or engaged in the work of a firm or organisation that
has responded to the call for proposals under review, they must declare their interest
immediately and must not participate in any consideration of that proposal.

Official Secrets Act

The provisions of the Official Secrets Acts 1911 to 1989 will apply. Unauthorised
disclosure of any information gained in the course of this appointment, or its use by
the Panel Member or others for personal gain or advancement, could result in the
appointment being terminated early, or even criminal prosecution.




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Personal liability of panel members
Legal proceedings by a third party against individual members of advisory bodies are
very exceptional. A panel member may be personally liable if he or she makes a
fraudulent or negligent statement which results in a loss to a third party; or may
commit a breach of confidence under common law or a criminal offence under insider
dealing legislation, if he or she misuses information gained through their position.
However, the Government has indicated that individual members who have acted
honestly, reasonably, in good faith and without negligence will not have to meet out
of their own personal resources any personal civil liability which is incurred in
execution or purported execution of the panel member functions. Panel members who
need further advice should consult DTI.




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Annex C

                        THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC LIFE

Selflessness
Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest.
They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for
themselves, their family, or their friends.

Integrity

Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other
obligation to outside individuals or organisation that might influence them in the
performance of their official duties.

Objectivity
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding
contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public
office should make choices on merit.

Accountability
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public
and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and
actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict
information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Honesty
Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their
public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects
the public interests.

Leadership

Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership
and example.




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