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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.

The Energy Catalyst’s mission is to accelerate the innovation needed to end energy poverty. It is funded by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) in alignment with the Transforming Energy Access international development objective.

The Energy Catalyst programme was launched in 2014 to support the UK and overseas businesses and other organisations in developing highly innovative, market-focused energy technologies to enable energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. All projects must address the energy trilemma of: clean energy, affordable energy and accessible energy.

KTN works with Innovate UK to deliver briefing and brokerage activity; helping potential applicants to understand the scope and eligibility criteria and working with organisations to build consortia that incorporate partners in the UK and in-country. Through its extensive network of contacts in the energy sector and associated industries, along with its long experience of working on the Energy Catalyst programme, KTN is well placed to identify complementary skills and resources.

Our Energy Catalyst Expert

Jonathan Abra

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Funding Opportunities

Hydrogen BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) Innovation Programme

BEIS is providing funding to support innovation in hydrogen BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) technologies, with £5m for phase 1.

Opens: 12/01/2022 Closes: 04/03/2022

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Novel energy storage for sea and land based applications

The Innovate UK KTN Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside a British multinational company that is trying to overcome a significant challenge related to energy storage. To help address this challenge, the company is looking for solution providers across the research and innovation ecosystem.

Opens: 10/01/2022 Closes: 21/02/2022

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Recorded: 29th June

Energy Catalyst (Round 8) Briefing Event

The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector or international market.

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