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Transport

Transport connects people, places, goods and services. Innovation in transport has the potential to benefit our economy, society and environment.

The transport system of the future will be more efficient, cleaner and smarter, through utilising enhanced digital, communication and autonomous technologies.

New design frameworks in our infrastructure have the potential to enhance efficiencies and transform our cities and towns to embrace new micro-mobility concepts. New business models will transform the lives of those in rural areas or create new ways to travel for all by ensuring accessibility. By collaborating across sectors and furthering our developments in low carbon propulsion systems and fuels we can create a cleaner environment and improve the health of people and the planet.

To find out more about how we can work with you to drive positive change in transport, contact us.

Our current focus in this area

Automated Vehicles

Connected and Automated Vehicles offer transformational opportunities for safety, access to mobility, lower emissions and increased efficiency and productivity of our transport systems

Aviation

Aviation is a key pillar in both the United Kingdom’s economic and societal prosperity. It supports growth in our tourism industry, increases trade and business investment, and connects people and places both domestically and internationally.

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.

Future Flight

Future Flight can transform our lives. It will inspire the next generation of sustainable aviation and revolutionise how we connect people, deliver goods and provide services, using new classes of electric and autonomous vehicles.

Low Emission Vehicles

Governments across the globe are working and deploying plans to reduce carbon and particulate emissions to improve the environment for generations to come.

Maritime

As an island nation the UK has traditionally been a leading player in the global maritime industry.

Micromobility

Micromobility is a trend that’s growing and KTN’s Transport Team is working closely with industry and government to understand the opportunities and the challenges.

Rail

Rail is essential to the economic, social and environmental health and growth of the UK, supporting essential travel, commuters, social and leisure travel, healthcare journeys and travel for education purposes. The rail network is the UK’s travel backbone, connecting rural communities to urban areas and facilitating opportunities for all.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Liquid fuels will be a requirement for long-haul air travel in the longer-term and a requirement for short haul whilst new technologies such as electric and electric/hybrid are developed. Aviation contributes around 2-3% to global CO2 emissions and through the UN body, ICAO, the industry is committed to carbon neutral growth from 2021.

Transport Systems

Transport Systems looks holistically across transport modes, infrastructure and control systems (e.g. communication, smart ticketing, remote control & supervision) plus new business models such as Mobility-as-a-Service.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supplier Directory

This Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Supplier Directory has been developed by KTN and Jet Zero Council SAF Delivery Group (JZC SAF DG) members to provide a supply of SAF to customers interested in reducing the carbon footprint of their air travel.

Funding Opportunities

Automotive Transformation Fund Scale up Readiness Validation (SuRV)

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £15 million to validate readiness of net zero technologies and processes for scale up through pilot production, with a maximum grant request of £2 million.

Opens: 20/04/2022 Closes: 25/05/2022

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iX challenge: Extending the life of fleet vehicles via low or zero carbon technologies

A consortium of Local Authorities, led by Luton Borough Council, is working with the Innovation Exchange programme to find technologies capable of extending the life of their current diesel powered fleet through implementing retrofittable low/zero carbon solutions.

Opens: 25/04/2022 Closes: 02/06/2022

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Canada-UK Net Zero Value Chains - Transportation

UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply to collaborate on joint R&D projects that enable the transition to net zero for the automotive, rail, or maritime sectors.

Opens: 04/04/2022 Closes: 29/06/2022

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SBRI: FOAK 2022 Rail Freight

This competition aims to support innovative products to enter the rail market. In this strand, DFT are looking for innovations focused on rail freight.

Opens: 20/04/2022 Closes: 08/06/2022

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SBRI: FOAK 2022 cost efficiency and performance priorities for a reliable railway

This competition aims to support innovative products to enter the rail market. In this strand, you must address industry cost efficiency and network performance priorities to support a reliable railway for customers.

Opens: 20/04/2022 Closes: 08/06/2022

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SBRI: FOAK 2022 Low emissions and a greener railway

This competition aims to support innovative products to enter the rail market. In this strand, you must address reduced carbon emissions and the impact of the railway on the environment, by either improving train batteries, introducing hydrogen trains, or reducing harmful emissions from diesel trains.

Opens: 20/04/2022 Closes: 08/06/2022

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Events

Wed
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Dec
2021

5G in Transport & Logistics: Moving People

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

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Thu
24
Mar
2022

V2X bi-directional charging information event

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Mon
25
Apr
2022

Canada & UK Net Zero Value Chains – Transportation Networking Event

16.00 - 18.00 | Online

Recording coming soon

News

13.05.2022

Innovation Landscape in UK Rail: read the report

UK rail is in a time of enormous upheaval. This presents a great opportunity as well as a challenge: our report aims to provide you with a complete overview of the UK’s rail innovation landscape.

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12.05.2022

Join a new group of aviation experts making zero emission flight a reality

A new Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group has been launched to focus on catapulting the latest innovations in aviation decarbonisation technology.

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