Enabling Technologies are the foundation of today’s digital society; they include electronics, sensors, photonics, RF systems and computing. Every market sector has increased use of technology to increase performance, extend capability and improve ease of use – from smartphones to medical diagnostics and industrial automation.
Electronics is the enabler of all things digital. It is the hardware and embedded software that allows products and processes to communicate, have power, have intelligence and awareness, be controlled, be automated and operate safely. It’s built into many sectors, including health, aerospace, manufacturing and retail.
Photonics is the science and technology of light. This includes lasers, optical systems and components, as well as fibre optics. Photonics is a £13.5bn industry in the UK. Photonics technology is used across various UK industries and in society, from optical communications and data storage to laser sensors for autonomous vehicles.
Sensor technologies create measurements and convert them into digital data. This data can then be analysed to inform decision making. What’s being measured could be chemical, bological, physical, mechanical or any other quantities such as chemicals, proteins, weight, dimensions and more.
Current Enabling Technologies funding opportunities
iX challenge: Extending the life of fleet vehicles via low or zero carbon technologies
Opens: 25/04/2022 Closes: 17/06/2022
A consortium of Local Authorities, led by Luton Borough Council, is working with the Innovation Exchange programme to find technologies capable of extending the life of their current diesel powered fleet through implementing retrofittable low/zero carbon solutions.
iX Challenge: overhead conductor line sag measurement
Opens: 10/05/2022 Closes: 22/06/2022
The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Transmission (SSEN-T), the owner of north Scotland’s high voltage electricity assets. SSEN-T is looking to engage innovators that can help them solve the challenge of accurately detecting sagging ov
iX Challenge: Waste Heat Measurement In Hot Process Flue (Exhaust) Stacks
Opens: 17/06/2022 Closes: 12/08/2022
This challenge seeks to identify technologies to measure and characterise hot waste heat streams without invasive installation/operation and do so with a high degree of confidence in the accuracy of the given measurement.
Enabling Technologies Events And Recordings
Engaging a Diverse Workforce for the Future (Driving the Electric Revolution)
15.00 - 17.00 | Online
10.00 - 12.00 | Online
Trusted Research for Industry Series – Emerging and Enabling, Complex Systems
12.00 - 13.30 | Online
Our Enabling Technologies Experts
Thinking outside the signal box
Rail innovators are striving to get the industry back on track after the shock of the pandemic.
Maritime industry sailing towards Net Zero
An event report from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Showcase at the Portsmouth International Port.