The Energy Catalyst supports businesses and research organisations, including academia, to respond to challenges across the energy sector. It will fund projects delivering innovative solutions that address all elements of the energy trilemma namely:
Security of supply
Key Objective: It will help stimulate and support innovation at all stages through to commercial readiness. Thus The Energy Catalyst can fund projects from early concept stage through to pre-commercial technology validation, based upon innovation that incorporates, for example:
- new technologies
- enhancement or alternative applications of existing technologies
- development of components, sub-systems or systems
- integrated whole-system approaches
- enabling technologies for the energy system.
Eligibility: This round is for Early Stage Technical Feasibility. Early-stage projects must be led by an SME either working alone or collaboratively OR by a research organisation collaborating with a business (any size).
Funding available: Total project costs can be between £50k- £300k for early-stage awards. SMEs will receive 70% funding if small or micro companies and medium companies 60%. Collaborating large companies may receive 50% funding of eligible costs.
Opening: These awards follow a single-stage application process. Opened on 26 November 2014
Application deadline: Applicants must first register via the Innovate UK website by noon 22 April 2015. The deadline for applications is noon 29 April 2015
Timeline: Applicants will be notified if successful on the 19th June by email and conditional letters sent out by 17 July
Details: Early-stage awards will fund projects that explore and evaluate the technical potential of an early-stage innovative idea or concept through technical feasibility studies. The project will aim to establish if a pre-industrial concept is ready for further technology development.
Projects may last upto 12 months
Scope: Indicative examples of technology areas that are within the scope of the Catalyst include, but are not limited to, those listed below:
- carbon abatement: minimising environmental impact of fossil fuels and their associated applications to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. Includes carbon capture, transport, utilisation and storage for large-scale power and industrial CO2 emitters
- renewable energy: wind, wave, tidal, solar (pv, thermal and concentrated), biomass*, geothermal, heat pumps, energy from waste
- nuclear fission: front-end fuel cycle, plant construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance. Waste management and decommissioning
- hydrogen and fuel cells: hydrogen production, transport and storage. Fuel cells for stationary and other applications (e.g., portable power) NB excludes technology development focused solely or predominantly on transport propulsion applications*
- energy networks and system integration: electricity and heat networks. Technologies for energy transmission, distribution and storage and the integration of systems to deploy low carbon energy. Includes smart grids, power electronics, storage technologies and waste heat
- demand-side technologies: technology development to reduce and/or manage energy demand at scale. Includes energy efficiency measures for the end user including industrial energy efficiency
- enabling technologies and processes: includes ICT, high value manufacturing, robotics, advanced materials, sensors, control systems, virtual technologies, modelling and simulation
- open theme: technologies where applicants are confident they meet the scope but which are not specifically covered by the above categories (e.g. energy harvesting).
Conditions: There are a limited number of areas where the Energy Catalyst will not fund projects currently, we are happy to advise on scope and general eligibility.
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