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.
Our current focus in this area
The Cross-Sector Battery Systems Innovation Network is a collaborative community of technology developers and end-users from multiple sectors.
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.
KTN is working with ENGIE through the iX programme to support the CGIF (Clean Growth Innovation Fund) on a number of themes around electrical energy systems. KTN engages with Energy Systems Catapult on iX.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Current Energy funding opportunities
iX Challenge: Lightweight Energy Storage at Cold Temperatures
Opens: 01/08/2022 Closes: 23/09/2022
The focus of this Challenge, working with the NSTIx Operational Technology Co-Creation Centre and the British Antarctic Survey, is to develop a person-portable energy storage system (along with the associated charging/safety electronics) that can be recharged at a temperature as low as –40°C.
TechX Clean Energy Accelerator
Opens: 01/08/2022 Closes: 09/10/2022
TechX’s Clean Energy Accelerator is an intensive 15-week programme for 12 innovative clean energy start-ups with clear potential to significantly accelerate the transition to an affordable net zero energy industry.
Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 2: Summer 2022
Opens: 16/06/2022 Closes: 09/09/2022
Phase 2 of the IETF provides grant funding for feasibility and engineering studies, and for the deployment of industrial energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation projects.
Related Events and Recordings
Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Phase 2 Summer 2022
10.00 - 12.30 | Online
Longer Duration Energy Storage and Storage at Scale Showcase
09.30 - 15.00 | Hybrid
SBRI: MRV for land based greenhouse gas removal, Phase 1
10.00 - 12.00 | Online
Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) returns for the summer
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a further competition window for applications to the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).
Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Podcast Series
Innovate UK KTN and The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are pleased to share this short podcast series with you. The discussions led by Innovate UK KTN’s Jenni McDonnell MBE will talk to different stakeholders including policy makers, industrial sites and delivery partners who are helping industrial sites to understand what they could achieve by taking advantage of this opportunity.
Innovate UK KTN and partners address fragmentation in Nigeria’s energy sector
Nigeria has the potential to generate 12,522 MW of electric power from existing plants, but is only able to dispatch around 4,000 MW. To solve this, Global Alliance Africa at Innovate UK KTN in partnership with Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre (NCIC) hosted a knowledge-sharing engagement in Abuja on 23 June 2022.
Innovate UK KTN and Energy Catalyst trailblaze platforms to accelerate energy solutions in South Africa
The Energy Catalyst’s launch and brokerage event that took place in South Africa on 27 June saw energy sectors come together to develop sustainable energy solutions, thus improving the lives of South Africans.