Energy

Innovate UK Business Connect’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 Business Connect’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 Business Connect 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, 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 Business Connect 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.

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 Business Connect 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 Business Connect 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 Business Connect 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 Business Connect 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

European Space Agency call: Waste to Energy

Opens: 18/03/2024 Closes: 03/05/2024

ESA seeks to fund teams who would like to develop a service related to the Waste to Energy (WtE) value chain, using satellite data or space-based technologies.

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Digital Twin Energy Grids

Opens: 22/04/2024 Closes: 24/05/2024

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.2m for collaborative projects that enable digital twins, data interoperability and cyber resilience in UK energy networks.

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Hydrogen Innovation Initiative Venture Building Programme

Opens: 08/04/2024 Closes: 26/04/2024

Develop collaborative ventures to commercialise hydrogen technologies for logistics, centred around the river Thames.

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Global Business Innovation Programme in Germany - Hydrogen

Opens: 20/03/2024 Closes: 01/05/2024

Innovate UK invites ambitious companies with expertise in hydrogen solutions to participate in a Global Business Innovation Programme which includes a market visit to Germany.

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Innovation Exchange challenge: Solutions for the Anchor Monitoring, Focussing on Anchor Slippage

Opens: 19/04/2024 Closes: 27/05/2024

The Innovation Exchange is working to identify innovative solutions for monitoring anchor movement and slippage on floating offshore wind turbines.

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Innovation Exchange challenge: Remotely Operated, Quick Release Mooring Line Tensioners

Opens: 19/04/2024 Closes: 27/05/2024

The Innovation Exchange is working to identify innovative solutions for remotely operated quick release mechanisms for floating offshore wind turbine mooring systems.

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Related Events and Recordings

Tue
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Apr
2024

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Phase 3 Spring 2024 Competition Clinics

10.00 - 11.00 | Online

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15
May
2023

Technology Showcase: Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, Phase 2

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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