Innovate UK KTN’s Energy Team is at the centre of our work contributing to delivering the UK’s ambitious Net Zero targets. With specialists in Nuclear, Offshore Wind, Thermal Energy Systems, Batteries, Water, Hydrogen, Sustainable Energy, Grid and Distributed Systems, Electrical Energy Systems and Solar, the team has deep expertise, powerful connections and a track record of successful projects delivering environmental and societal impact.

The Energy Team aims to simplify the energy innovation landscape by providing rapid transfer of high-quality information on technologies, markets, funding and partnership opportunities. It supports businesses to decarbonise and increase energy efficiency, building on Innovate UK KTN’s longstanding record for work in environmental sustainability.

From a seat on the government’s Carbon Connect programme to working with Sellafield to find decontamination solutions, the team’s sector expertise is fundamental in the delivery of a variety of projects and in supporting government departments, large organisations and SMEs.

Innovate UK KTN has also supported three overseas missions to Canada, China, South Korea and Japan to establish the potential for UK companies to work in collaboration: from this we have a Memorandum of Understanding from a Japanese research centre and joint projects with the US.

Click here for a complete list of our open energy and sustainability funding opportunities.

Our current focus in this area

The Cross-Sector Battery Systems Innovation Network is a collaborative community of technology developers and end-users from multiple sectors.

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.

Innovate UK KTN is working with ENGIE through the Innovation Exchange programme to support the Clean Growth Innovation Fund on a number of themes around electrical energy systems.

Global energy poverty is real. Over 1 billion people do not have access to electricity. Over 3 billion people rely on solid fuels and kerosene for cooking and heating. It is estimated that approximately 80% of people gaining access to electricity worldwide are in urban areas.

The Hydrogen Innovation Network (formerly SIG) is creating a non-competitive advisory group to pool knowledge from existing hydrogen communities to validate views on the current challenges to enabling low-carbon hydrogen production at scale and cost.

Innovate UK KTN’s Innovation Exchange is a cross-sector programme 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.

Innovate UK KTN supports activities across the nuclear landscape including existing generation, new build and decommissioning and waste management. There are also strong links with the fusion energy community.

Innovate UK KTN supports the offshore wind industry as a major contributor to the ORE Catapult innovation hub funded by BEIS, as well as supporting the companies who are making applications for funding for offshore renewables.

Innovate UK KTN supports the SuperSolar Network Plus with the Head of Infrastructure acting as Chair to the Network Industrial Advisory Group. Through this group, and programmes such as Energy Catalyst as described above, we are actively brokering B2B and B2A linkages.

Innovate UK KTN supports the heating and cooling industries in the UK including the electrification of heat (heat pumps, storage heaters, dry heating systems), heat networks (infrastructure, heat exchangers, heat network optimisation) and low carbon gases (hydrogen, biogas and other green gases).

Related Opportunities

Ofgem Round 3: Call for Ideas

Opens: 01/06/2023 Closes: 11/08/2023

OFGEM are looking for proposals to facilitate the UK’s transition to net zero, investing up to £450m in energy network innovation over 5 years.

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Energy Catalyst Round 10

Opens: 27/02/2023 Closes: 28/06/2023

Up to £10m across 3 stages, to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific regions.

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Net Zero Hydrogen Fund: Capital Expenditure, Round 2

Opens: 11/04/2023 Closes: 07/06/2023

Strand 2 of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund will provide capital expenditure (CAPEX) support for new low carbon hydrogen production facilities to begin deployment in the early 2020s.

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SBRI: UKAEA Fusion industry challenges prototype development

Opens: 25/05/2023 Closes: 19/07/2023

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £5.6m to develop solutions for fusion fuel cycle services which use Lithium.

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Faraday Battery Challenge Round 6: Feasibility Studies

Opens: 16/05/2023 Closes: 12/07/2023

Up to £10m is available to demonstrate or accelerate state of the art battery technologies in the UK, grow the supply chain & increase UK competitiveness.

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Faraday Battery Challenge Round 6: collaborative R&D

Opens: 16/05/2023 Closes: 16/07/2023

Up to £10m is available to demonstrate or accelerate state of the art battery technologies in the UK, grow the supply chain & increase UK competitiveness.

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Related Events and Recordings


Technology Showcase: Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, Phase 2

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Hydrogen Supply Chain Showcase

10.00 - 16.00 GMT | Toyota Derby

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Vehicle to Everything (V2X) Innovation Programme Next Steps

10.00 - 11.30 | Online

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Hydrogen Supply Chain Collaborative R&D Competition Briefing webinar

10.00 - 13.00 | Online

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Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Innovation Showcase

09.00 - 16.00 | Sheffield

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Hydrogen Supply Chain Directory

Hydrogen Supply Chain Directory

This directory shares the details of those who are currently producing, storing, transporting, and using hydrogen. It also showcases solutions-providers who may be able to help these end users meet their hydrogen targets. Innovate UK KTN can facilitate knowledge transfer and introductions for users of the directory.

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