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 Energy Catalyst’s mission is to accelerate the innovation needed to end energy poverty. It is funded by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in alignment with the Transforming Energy Access international development objective.
The Energy Catalyst programme was launched in 2014 to support the UK and overseas businesses and other organisations in developing highly innovative, market-focused energy technologies to enable energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. All projects must address the energy trilemma of: clean energy, affordable energy and accessible energy.
Innovate UK Business Connect works to deliver briefing and brokerage activity; helping potential applicants to understand the scope and eligibility criteria and working with organisations to build consortia that incorporate partners in the UK and in-country. Through its extensive network of contacts in the energy sector and associated industries, along with its long experience of working on the Energy Catalyst programme, Innovate UK Business Connect is well placed to identify complementary skills and resources.
Empire Technology Prize for heating tall buildings in New York
Opens: 08/01/2024 Closes: 22/03/2024
The Empire Technology Prize seeks groundbreaking solutions to tackle the greatest single source of GHG emissions from New York’s tall buildings – heating.
Global Incubator Programme: Singapore - Cleantech
Opens: 29/01/2024 Closes: 11/03/2024
Innovate UK EDGE seek up to 8 innovative companies supplying technology to the Cleantech sector for a programme in Singapore.
Scaling Out For Impact (SOFI-2)
Opens: 31/01/2024 Closes: 25/02/2024
Calling UK Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) to join an exciting UK-South Africa partnership based programme
Highlights from the Global Alliance Africa South Africa Energy Catalyst Competition Information Event
On 8th March, Innovate UK KTN hosted a briefing and Q&A session side event at Africa Energy Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa with the aim of providing information on the £10 million Energy Catalyst Round 10 and the funding call opportunities currently available.
Highlights from the Global Alliance Africa Nigeria Energy Catalyst Competition Information Event
In line with its mandate to provide efficient energy solutions to Africa’s myriad of energy challenges through the deployment of innovative technology and business models, Innovate UK KTN hosted a hybrid informative Energy Catalyst briefing and brokerage event in Nigeria in March 2023, to give information about the Energy Catalyst Round 10 funding call.