KTN’s Energy Team is at the centre of KTN’s 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 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.
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 Economy 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 program 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.
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.
The 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.
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, KTN is actively brokering B2B and B2A linkages.
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).
Hydrogen storage and distribution supply chain: Collaborative R&D
Opens: 13/02/2023 Closes: 26/04/2023
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £4.35 million for CR&D projects related to hydrogen storage and distribution supply chain.
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.
ZEVI: Shore power technologies, shore-side and vessel-side
Opens: 06/02/2023 Closes: 19/04/2023
Apply for a share of up to £77m to develop, deploy and operate clean maritime solutions for 3 years in a real world environment.
Launchpad: Net Zero, MFA, Tees Valley, Round 2
Opens: 13/02/2023 Closes: 29/03/2023
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million for projects that grow activities in the net zero innovation cluster centred on Tees Valley. This Minimal Financial Assistance (MFA) funding is from Innovate UK.
UK Battery Industrialisation Centre SME Credit Round 1
Opens: 21/02/2023 Closes: 04/04/2023
UK registered micro, small and medium enterprises can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to increase and facilitate their engagement with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC). This funding is from the Faraday Battery Challenge.
V2X Innovation programme: bi-directional charging demonstrations
Opens: 21/03/2023 Closes: 10/05/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.4m for small scale demonstrations of novel Vehicle to everything (V2X) energy technology providing storage and flexible services under Phase 2 of the V2X Innovation Programme.
Related Events and Recordings
Vehicle to Everything (V2X) Innovation Programme Next Steps
10.00 - 11.30 | Online
Hydrogen Supply Chain Collaborative R&D Competition Briefing webinar
10.00 - 13.00 | Online
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Innovation Showcase
09.00 - 16.00 | Sheffield
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They’re some of the areas being looked at by 12 startups on the new Sustainable Impact Investment accelerator programme.
HydroGenerally - Episode 6: Waste to Hydrogen
Listen to this discussion on why converting waste to hydrogen is so important, and explore the hydrogen transition opportunities and challenges in this sector, with Innovate UK KTN’s Steffan Eldred and Debra Jones, who are joined by special guest Rob Dent from BOC UK & Ireland.
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.