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Energy

KTN’s Energy Team is at the centre of KTN’s work contributing to delivering the UK’s ambitious Net Zero targets. With specialists in Nuclear, Offshore Wind, Thermal Energy Systems, Batteries, Water, Hydrogen, Sustainable Energy, Grid and Distributed Systems, Electrical Energy Systems and Solar, the team has deep expertise, powerful connections and a track record of successful projects delivering environmental and societal impact.

The Energy Team aims to simplify the energy innovation landscape by providing rapid transfer of high-quality information on technologies, markets, funding and partnership opportunities. It supports businesses to decarbonise and increase energy efficiency, building on KTN’s longstanding record for work in environmental sustainability.

From a seat on the government’s Carbon Connect programme to working with Sellafield to find decontamination solutions, the team’s sector expertise is fundamental in the delivery of a variety of projects and in supporting government departments, large organisations and SMEs.

The KTN has also supported three overseas missions to Canada, China, South Korea and Japan to establish the potential for UK companies to work in collaboration: from this we have a Memorandum of Understanding from a Japanese research centre and joint projects with the US.

Our current focus in this area

Cross-sector Battery Systems Innovation Network

As the UK moves towards its Net Zero goals, developing and future-proofing battery systems could be one of the solutions to this global challenge. By convening a cross-section of technology developers and end-users, the aim is to develop a self-sustaining and collaborative community.

Decarbonising Ports & Harbours

The Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network is addressing the commitments of the Industry Maritime 2050 plan and the challenges of decarbonising ports and harbours by catalysing cross sector activity.

Electrical Energy Systems

KTN is working with ENGIE through the iX programme to support CGIF around a number of themes around electrical energy systems.

KTN engages with Energy Systems Catapult on iX.

Energy Catalyst

Global energy poverty is real. Over 1 billion people do not have access to electricity. Over 3 billion people rely on solid fuels and kerosene for cooking and heating. It is estimated that approximately 80% of people gaining access to electricity worldwide are in urban areas.

Hydrogen

The Hydrogen Economy Innovation Network (formerly SIG) is creating a non-competitive advisory group to pool knowledge from existing hydrogen communities to validate views on the current challenges to enabling low-carbon hydrogen production at scale and cost.

Innovation Exchange

KTN-iX™ is a cross-sector program supporting innovation transfer by matching industry challenges to innovative companies from other sectors. It does this by putting large businesses with technical needs in contact with companies who have the right innovative solutions, for faster development of novel solutions.

Nuclear

KTN supports activities across the nuclear landscape including existing generation, new build and decommissioning and waste management.  There is also strong links with the fusion energy community.

Offshore / Renewables

The KTN supports the offshore wind industry as a major contributor to the ORE Catapult innovation hub funded by BEIS as well as supporting the companies who are making applications for funding for offshore renewables.

Solar

KTN supports the SuperSolar Network Plus with the Head of Infrastructure acting as Chair to the Network Industrial Advisory Group. Through this group, and programmes such as Energy Catalyst as described above, KTN is actively brokering B2B and B2A linkages.

Thermal Energy Systems

KTN supports the heating and cooling industries in the UK including the electrification of heat (heat pumps, storage heaters, dry heating systems), heat networks (infrastructure, heat exchangers, heat network optimisation) and low carbon gases (hydrogen, biogas and other green gases).

Funding Opportunities

Sort and segregate nuclear waste: phase 1 (SBRI competition)

Organisations can apply for a share of £3.9 million, including VAT, to develop an autonomous, integrated toolkit to sort and segregate nuclear waste.

Opens: 17/08/2020 Closes: 11/11/2020

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IETF industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million for grants to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation.

Opens: 20/07/2020 Closes: 28/10/2020

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SBRI competition - Modernising Energy Data Applications phase 1

Organisations can apply for a share of £750,000, inclusive of VAT, to develop data applications that help to address core challenges faced in the UK. The aim of the competition is to develop data applications that address the challenges faced by organisations and individuals to deliver net zero local energy systems.

Opens: 12/10/2020 Closes: 18/11/2020

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Events

Wed
21
Oct
2020

Enabling Green Recovery - Midlands Energy Hub and Nottingham City Council

10.00 - 16.00 | Online

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Thu
22
Oct
2020

Digital Business Meetup - Sustainability

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Mon
29
Jun
2020

Energy Catalyst (Round 8) Briefing Event

09.00 - 13.15 | Online

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News

04.08.2020

Energy-related funding call round-up

A round-up of the latest funding calls in the energy sector. Updated 8th September 2020.

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28.09.2020

KTN is helping the British Antarctic Survey with a search for innovators

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking to purchase innovative solutions to help meet its net zero carbon target. Two challenging asks have been listed on KTN’s Innovation Exchange.  First, BAS is looking for solutions to help decarbonise the polar vehicles used at its Sky Blu Logistics Facility.  And secondly, the organisation is seeking solutions which decarbonise its energy demand for heating, hot water and power at two of its island research stations – Bird Island and Signy.

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