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.
Our current focus in this area
The Cross-Sector Battery Systems Innovation Network, co-founded by Innovate UK and the Faraday Battery Challenge, is a cross-sectoral and collaborative community of technology developers and end-users.
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 Innovate UK Hydrogen Innovation Network is a non-competitive advisory group to pool knowledge from existing hydrogen communities and 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).
Innovation Exchange challenge: Balanced Local Smart Grids for Communities
Opens: 04/12/2023 Closes: 26/01/2024
Electric Places seek an easy-to-use integrated digital grid management system for household items, car charging, energy generation etc.
UK-Australia Renewable Hydrogen Innovation Partnership Programme
Opens: 01/12/2023 Closes: 12/01/2024
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £5m for UK/Australia collaborative innovation projects for cost reduction of clean hydrogen.
UK-US Offshore Wind Collaborative R&D
Opens: 16/10/2023 Closes: 10/01/2024
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2m for offshore wind R&D. UK projects must work in collaboration with separately funded US projects. This funding is from Innovate UK and for UK projects only.
SBRI: Zero Emission Generators (ZE-Gen) Demonstrator for ODA countries
Opens: 06/11/2023 Closes: 13/12/2023
Organisations can apply for a share of £2m inc VAT to develop renewable integrated replacements for fossil fuel generators in ODA countries.
Zero Emission Generators (ZE-Gen) Accelerator Phase 1: Discover
Opens: 20/11/2023 Closes: 31/01/2024
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £2m for feasibility studies to replace fossil fuel generators with renewables in Nigeria or the Philippines.
Launchpad: net zero industry, South West Wales
Opens: 30/10/2023 Closes: 13/12/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for projects in the net zero industrial cluster in South West Wales.
Related Events and Recordings
Announcing the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, Phase 3
The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) confirms plans to launch £185 million third phase of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).
Announcing the Cohort for the Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme 2023
Running for the third consecutive year, the Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme is going stronger than ever.
Programmes related to Energy
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.
Enabling smart local energy systems
We live, work and travel in regions, cites, towns and communities, but energy systems are still very centralised. UKRI’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution programme explored the potential of smart local energy systems and place-based approaches. Discover learnings and insights from the £104m, five-year programme.