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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.

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.

Click here for a complete list of our open energy and sustainability funding opportunities.

Our current focus in this area

Cross-Sector Battery Systems Innovation Network

The Cross-Sector Battery Systems Innovation Network is a collaborative community of technology developers and end-users from multiple sectors.

Decarbonising Ports & Harbours

The Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network’s overarching objective is to raise the profile of the critical part ports and harbours need to play in Maritime transport’s transition to net zero by 2050 and accelerate this transition by giving clear direction.

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 Economy

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 are 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

SBRI: Fusion Industry Challenges - phase 1

Organisations can apply for a share of £2 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop solutions to encourage innovation in the fusion industry, through the use of novel and innovative heating and cooling systems, materials, manufacturing and technologies.

Opens: 09/05/2022 Closes: 22/06/2022

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SBRI: FOAK 2022 Low emissions and a greener railway

This competition aims to support innovative products to enter the rail market. In this strand, you must address reduced carbon emissions and the impact of the railway on the environment, by either improving train batteries, introducing hydrogen trains, or reducing harmful emissions from diesel trains.

Opens: 20/04/2022 Closes: 08/06/2022

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Net Zero Hydrogen Fund – Strand 2: Capital expenditure (CAPEX)

Strand 2 of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund will provide capital expenditure (CAPEX) support for new low carbon hydrogen production facilities to begin deployment in the early 2020s. This is to ensure the UK has a diverse and secure decarbonised energy system fit for meeting our ambition of 10GW low carbon hydrogen production by 2030, and commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

Opens: 25/04/2022 Closes: 06/07/2022

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Events

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2022

How to apply to the IETF Phase 2 fund

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Mon
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2022

Strategic Innovation Fund Round 1: Data and Digitalisation & Heat

10.00 - 15.00 | Online

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Wed
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Jun
2022

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Phase 2 Summer 2022

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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News

12.04.2022

Innovate UK KTN's response to the Energy Security Strategy

Last week the government published its Energy Security Strategy, which sets out how Britain will accelerate homegrown power for greater energy independence. Innovate UK KTN’s Clean Energy and Infrastructure Team has reviewed the strategy and provided some feedback and recommendations for areas on which to build.

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09.05.2022

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) returns for the summer

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today (9th May) launched a further competition window for applications to the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).

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