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.

The power of cross-sector collaboration

Innovation Exchange is a KTN programme specially designed to help organisations search for game-changing solutions to challenges and bring them to market faster.

Leveraging expertise across our diverse network, KTN promotes innovation transfer, matching real industry challenges from large businesses, to companies and innovators already working on the solutions. Our unique cross-sector approach taps into the power of collaboration providing technical solutions from other sectors.

Over the past 4 years, KTN’s Innovation Exchange Programme has proven it is a highly successful programme in the energy, defence, health and transport sectors and is now being expanded into others as well, such as infrastructure, security and agri-tech.

With over 2.5K application entries across 100 challenges, 448 UK companies pitched their ideas, 88 trials were undertaken generating £17.16m value to challenge holders, and 26 commercial contracts were put in place, valued at £2.25m, as a direct result of the Innovation Exchange Programme.

“Posting our challenges on KTN’s Innovation Exchange has allowed us to have a cross-sectoral approach and added an element of reach that has proved invaluable. The responses have allowed us to explore applying solutions from other sectors like medical X-Ray technology to some really tricky problems.” Andy Cooney, Technical Manager at Sellafield

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Current Innovation Exchange funding opportunities

iX Challenge: Waste Heat Measurement In Hot Process Flue (Exhaust) Stacks

Opens: 17/06/2022 Closes: 12/08/2022

This challenge seeks to identify technologies to measure and characterise hot waste heat streams without invasive installation/operation and do so with a high degree of confidence in the accuracy of the given measurement.

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iX challenge: Secure and Accessible EV Carports for Multi Storey Car Parks

Opens: 15/06/2022 Closes: 21/07/2022

The challenge is to design and implement physical hardware solutions that can integrate with existing infrastructure of the St Johns Multi Storey and provide energy generation that can be distributed to EV chargers in a secure way while optimising car parking on the top deck.…

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iX Challenge: Smarter Bolt Tightening Operations For Offshore Wind Turbines

Opens: 17/06/2022 Closes: 02/08/2022

The challenge is to deliver a cost-effective alternative to traditional methods to checking and tightening bolts and a method to identify loss of tension or failure of a bolt or series of bolts. The method must be suitable for use at operational offshore wind farms,…

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iX Challenge: Offshore Wind Farm Array Cable Monitoring

Opens: 27/06/2022 Closes: 02/08/2022

The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Scottish & Southern Electricity Renewables (SSER) to engage innovators to solve the challenge of monitoring health and predicting faults in offshore wind farm array cables.

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iX Challenge: Heavy Lifting Solutions for Offshore Wind Farms

Opens: 17/06/2022 Closes: 02/08/2022

The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Scottish & Southern Electricity Renewables (SSER), which wishes to engage innovators to deliver solutions for lifting heavy turbine components (600kg+) which reduce reliance on the use of jack-up vessels.

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iX Challenge: Improved Operational Decision-Making Tools for Offshore Wind Farm Maintenance

Opens: 17/06/2022 Closes: 02/08/2022

The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Scottish & Southern Electricity Renewables (SSER), the operator of the Beatrice and Greater Gabbard offshore wind sites. SSER wishes to engage innovators to find a more advanced way of managing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on offsho

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