The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA)

Key Features

The BEIS IEEA is a funding programme designed to support partnerships between developers of energy/resource efficient technologies and industrial companies willing to demonstrate the technologies on-site.

Programme:     BEIS

Award:     Share of up to £8 million

Opens: 21st Jun 2022

Closes: 19th Sep 2022

! This scheme is now closed


The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) IEEA is supported through its Net Zero Innovation Portfolio and funds industrial scale demonstrations of novel technologies with the potential to reduce energy consumption, maximise resource efficiency and cut carbon emissions.


  • Reducing energy demand
  • Reducing water use, use of wastewater, and water recycling
  • Reducing material use and material recycling

Funding Costs

A total of £8 million in funding will be available through the programme to fund demonstration projects. Successful applicants can typically expect to receive between £150k and £1m per project and the remainder to be funded by the applicant(s).


The IEEA is open to UK demonstrations of novel industrial process technologies with the potential to cut carbon emissions through reduced energy consumption and/or improved resource efficiency.

Its focus is on industrial process innovations with large cross-sector energy and/or resource savings, and strong carbon reduction potential. The projects must contribute to the UK’s net zero commitments.

Projects comprise an industrial partner that will implement the technology at their site, and (usually) a technology developer that has developed the new technology. Other project partners in a consortium can include research organisations, universities, specialist technology suppliers and consultants.

Project eligibility

  • Demonstration of a novel technology, or a commercial technology in a novel way
  • Project will lead to a reduction of carbon emissions through reduced energy use and/or resource efficiency
  • Energy/resource efficiency is achieved in the production stage (i.e. not distribution, use or disposal)
  • Project must have good scale-up and commercial replication potential in the UK industrial sector

Sector eligibility

  • The industrial processes that the IEEA targets are typically found in the following in-scope sectorsi,ii: manufacturing (SIC 10-33), aggregates (SIC 08), water, waste (SIC 36-39) and data centres (SIC 63110).

Technology eligibility

  • Efficient industrial process technologies with Technology Readiness Level currently 5 – 8. Progress to TRL8 or 9 during the project.
  • Novel technology – or commercial technology not currently demonstrated in the UK, or in the planned demonstration sector.iii
  • Eligible technologies include:

– Energy saving projects; reduced waster use; reduced waste production; re-use of water or waste OR – Reduced use of raw materials; use of demonstrably lower carbon materials; material recycling or re-use INCLUDING – Advanced digital technology, including enhanced sensors & controls and process learning for process optimisation leading to superior energy and resource efficiencies within the demonstration project.

Organisation eligibility

  • Commercial technology developers
  • Industrial companies with a demonstration siteiv in the UK
  • Research Organisations – including universities, research and technology organisations, trade associations, charities etc
  • Other private sector companies – including consultancies, specialist equipment or material suppliers etc

Other requirements

  • Grant funding will typically be between £150k – £1m per project, with the remainder to be funded by the applicant(s)
  • All projects must have secured match funding
  • Project participants will be required to sign up to BEIS grant funding terms and conditions
  • Projects will need to comply with subsidy rules (formerly state aid rules)


  • Buildings, building fabric, building services (e.g. space heating, cooling and ventilation)
  • On-grid electricity generation or electricity storage technology
  • On-site renewables technology (e.g. wind, biomass, PV, solar thermal etc)
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Fuel switching (unless there is also an energy reduction)
  • Vehicles and reductions in transportation
  • Fuel production

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