UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to design smart local energy systems.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of £1.5 million
Opens: 8th May 2018
Closes: 25th Jul 2018
This funding is part of the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. It is the first stage of a programme to create detailed local energy system designs that are ready for deployment.
Innovate UK as part of UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £1.5 million to fund revolutionary concept and design studies for new, smarter approaches to local energy. These approaches must aim to provide cleaner, cheaper energy services for UK consumers in the 2020s while helping make communities more prosperous and resilient.
Designs must combine new and existing energy technologies with:
They must create scalable and replicable business models, ready for investment in the early 2020s.
The best projects will be invited to develop their ideas further in a future competition as part of the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Programme.
Your concept and design study must describe ways to improve future energy services (heat, power and mobility) in one UK location that is at least the size of a medium-sized town or equivalent.
By the early 2020s implementation of your concept or design should aim to:
The programme will be supported by an Energy Research and Integration Network. This involves the Energy Systems Catapult working with a group of leading researchers, and government and independent regulatory bodies.
It aims to make sure all projects:
To be eligible for funding you must be a UK-based:
The lead organisation must claim funding through this competition. At least one other organisation in the consortium must also claim funding.
For feasibility studies or industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
Total project costs can be between £100,000 and £200,000. Projects can last a maximum of 6 months. All projects must start by January 2019, and end by July 2019.