KTN’s Innovation Exchange is working alongside a large UK company looking to engage  innovative companies that can help them solve a significant challenge they are trying to overcome in relation to a key operational issue. The challenge owner will engage with the suppliers of innovation to support development, if necessary, to better suit the application.

The company operates a number of large marine vessels (ships) with significant cooling and air quality requirements. Due to ongoing issues with the current system, based around condensers, the challenge owner is looking for novel approaches to ensuring the health and comfort of those on board through climate control. They are willing to consider investment in potentially successful solutions.

The challenge owner is actively looking for solutions that will;

  • Reduce the operational noise associated with Heating Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC)
  • Reduce the space occupied by the HVAC equipment (its footprint)
  • Be modular to adapt to vessels of differing sizes

The challenge owner will not consider solutions that involve:

  • Cloud-hosted data capture
  • Lengthy development programmes

Rewards and benefits

Successful applicants will be given an opportunity to pitch to the challenger. The package may also include:

  • Support from the Catapult networks and KTN
  • Support in the development of a prototype or pilot
  • Technical support
  • Invitation to attend or present at KTN or Catapult events
  • A potential business collaboration
  • Investor introductions (if investment is required)


If you have an innovative solution, visit the Innovation Exchange site to see more details and submit an application here.