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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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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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In October 2020, KTN Global Alliance Africa hosted a three week event series designed to respond to the impact of Covid-19 and support resilience and recovery in African innovation ecosystems.

The KTN Global Alliance Africa team would like to thank all Speakers, Partners, Panelists, Organisers and Participants in supporting our first event series called ‘Global Ideas Exchange: Enhancing Innovative Resilience in Africa’. The aim of each session was to encourage sharing and learning to showcase the latest ideas and best practice in innovation. Here is a round up of this exciting new event series which took place in October 2020.

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