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Driving the Electric Revolution

The Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, represents an investment of up to £80million over 4 years for business-led innovation projects that enable UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines & drives (PEMD).

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The Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, launched in 2019 by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), represents an investment of up to £80million over 4 years for business-led innovation projects that enable UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines & drives (PEMD).

Events

Engage with…LIVE! is taking place on the 29th March 2022 in Sheffield. This event will be an interactive physical forum where organisations can discuss several Driving the Electric Revolution opportunities that will boost electrification and the adoption of clean technologies across industries throughout the UK.

Join our weekly Engage with… webinar series, in which leading companies are given a platform to present their PEMD journeys, activities, challenges and future PEMD supply chain requirements, with a view of exploring future opportunities for partnerships/collaborations/projects.

Driving the Electric Revolution’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webinar series is dedicated to championing EDI in engineering by tackling equality, diversity and inclusion challenges and opportunities within the Power Electronics, Machines and Drives sector.

Open funding competitions

Building Talent for the Future 2 competition is supporting the creation and delivery of industry-focused course content and materials to support skills and training across PEMD manufacturing and supply chains. Linked to the recent competition supporting the development of a central PEMD focused Skills Hub, this Expression of Interest Briefing is for projects to develop and deliver new training courses for learners & businesses, materials for educators, and engaging information for outreach.

Reports

This Driving the Electric Revolution in the AgriFood sector report which was recently published by Innovate UK KTN on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) highlights the opportunities and challenges of electrifying the agricultural and food sectors.

Historic funding competitions

The PEMD Skills Hub competition that closed on 16 December 2021 is to provide signposting and access to existing and new training courses for learners & businesses, material for educators, and engaging information for outreach by curating a range of online and face-to-face courses.

The Building Talent for the Future competition covering project costs of up to £25,000, which closed for applications on 15th September 2021, aims to fund several ideas that quickly fill immediate gaps in skills, talent and training for the PEMD industry.

The Supply Chains for Net Zero competition that closed on 30th June 2021 is investing up to £22 million in innovation projects to facilitate the UK’s niche and volume supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in PEMD.

The Catalysing Green Innovation competition that closed on 29th July 2020 is investing up to £5 million in innovation projects to support net zero by catalysing the green economic recovery in transport, energy and industrial sectors.

About Driving the Electric Revolution

Driving the Electric Revolution is enabling electrification across multiple sectors. It aims to ensure the UK leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) across multiple sectors with projects that will facilitate future improvements in supply chain capability, productivity, capacity, quality, & efficiency, support the UK’s continued push towards net-zero carbon, and catalyse the green economic recovery in transport, energy & industrial sectors. This is part of a larger effort across many technologies and sectors to catalyse the government’s green industrial revolution in transport, energy and industrial sectors, aligned to the ten-point plan. Developing this competency in the UK will seize the economic opportunities in the global transition to clean technologies and electrification, and drive demand for £5 billion more PEMD by 2025 and up to £80 billion by 2050, creating growth and highly skilled jobs across the UK.

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Funding Opportunities

Driving the Electric Revolution: Building Talent for the Future 2

Innovate UK’s Driving the Electric Revolution challenge, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £4.5 million in projects to create and deliver course content and materials that will support skills, talent and training across Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) manufacturing and supply chains.

Opens: 10/01/2022 Closes: 02/02/2022

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APC 20: Developing automotive technologies and growing capability towards net zero

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £25 million for late stage research and development projects that help accelerate the UK towards a net zero automotive future.

Opens: 10/01/2022 Closes: 02/03/2022

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29th March

Engage with...LIVE!

This event will be an interactive physical forum where organisations can discuss several Driving the Electric Revolution opportunities that will boost electrification and the adoption of clean technologies across industries throughout the UK.

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News

04.01.2022

Apply now for the Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Programme 2022

Last year Innovate UK and Innovate UK KTN ran the first Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme, with every single SME in the 2021 cohort seeing a positive outcome ranging from investment to partnership opportunities. If you’re an SME in the electric vehicle battery sector, apply now for the 2022 programme!

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02.12.2021

Breathe Battery Technologies receives £1.5m investment following the Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme

Breathe Battery Technologies, an advanced battery management software developer based in London, received £1.5m investment led by Speedinvest. This comes as a direct outcome of Breathe’s participation in the Investment Readiness Programme run jointly in 2021 by the Faraday Battery Challenge and Innovate UK KTN.

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