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Extra £10m available for energy projects

Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst competition has been granted an additional £10 million of funding, while a separate competition will shortly be launched to invest £15 million in infrastructure systems.

Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst competition has been granted an additional £10 million of funding, while a separate competition will shortly be launched to invest £15 million in infrastructure systems.

The Energy Catalyst supports business projects that tackle the ‘energy trilemma’ of reducing emissions, improving energy security and cuttings energy costs. 

The latest round of the competition launched in April, initially with £9 million of funding available.

The competition can provide organisations with up to £300,000 to support them through the technical feasibility, technology development and pre-commercial validation stages of a 12-month energy project. 

Previous winners include Lancashire-based Oaktec, an engineering firm which received £214,000 to test the feasibility of an engine system that uses untreated gas from landfill sites to power a biogas engine.

Additional funding

The extra £10 million is available for early-stage projects that explore and test the technical potential of an innovative idea or concept through technical feasibility studies.

Applicants for early-stage awards must register by 7 September 2016. Further information is available here.

Infrastructure Systems 

Innovate UK will also shortly be launching a new £15 million competition to support business-led innovation projects in infrastructure systems, covering:

  • Solutions for affordable, sustainable and secure energy systems
  • Resilience of infrastructure and cities to environmental and societal pressures
  • Solutions for connected transport and multimodal transportation systems
  • Integrated solutions to systemic challenges in urban areas
  • Innovative solutions for offshore wind
  • Innovation solutions for nuclear fission.

To launch the competition, Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are hosting a series of brokerage events across the UK to give businesses the opportunity learn more and develop partnerships for projects.

The north west event will be held in Manchester city centre on 21 July. A webcast will also run on 12 July.