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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

The Cross-Sector Battery Systems Innovation Network will develop a self-sustaining and 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

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

Iberdrola Start-up Challenge: Power Electronics

Multi-national energy company Iberdrola have launched a new Startup Challenge, in search of competitive and innovative solutions, based on power electronics, to optimize medium and low voltage networks, improving their flexibility in different load scenarios.

Opens: 02/11/2020 Closes: 31/12/2020

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: November 2020

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 02/12/2020 Closes: 20/01/2021

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KTN-iX Challenge: Full Field Condition Monitoring of a Blade Internal Structure

GE is looking for applicants to develop a full field condition monitoring device for a wind turbine blade internal structure that can continuously monitor during turbine operation, to direct an automated / robotic detailed inspection.

Opens: 02/11/2020 Closes: 11/01/2021

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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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Thu
5
Nov
2020

Prospering from the Energy Revolution: Six in Sixty - PFER overview

10.00 - 11.00 | 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 18th November 2020.

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18.11.2020

Major boost for UK robotics sector from KTN Innovation Exchange Competition

GE Renewable Energy and ORE Catapult announce Tethys and Aerones as winners of KTN Innovation Exchange competition.

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