£11 million search for innovative local energy solutions launched

January 22, 2014 2:07 pm

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The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC) are to invest up to £11m in a programme of collaborative research and development to stimulate innovation in localised energy systems. Up to £9.5m is available from the Technology Strategy Board and up to a further £1.5m is available from EPSRC to support academic partners contributing specifically to the energy sector aspects of projects. 

The UK will need a diverse mix of energy sources and systems by 2050, to ensure that supplies remain affordable, resilient and flexible. Local energy systems will play an important part, and technologies are required for generating, harvesting, distributing, storing, and using energy at this scale. 

The aim is to improve the balance of demand and supply by supporting the integration of technologies into energy systems, including those of energy users and producers, at a scale from clusters of buildings up to whole districts. This will enable companies to develop products and systems to address some of the challenges that the built environment, energy, transport and digital sectors face in preparing for a low-carbon future.  

Proposals must be collaborative and business-led.  The TSB expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). We will consider favourably projects that include cross-sector working.  Projects are anticipated to range in size from total costs of £200k to £2m, although projects outside this range may be considered.  

This is a two-stage competition that opened for applicants on 20 January 2014. The deadline for registration is at noon on 12 March 2014 and the deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 19 March 2014.  A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in Bristol on 30 January 2014. For more information on this funding competition, please visit the Technology Strategy Board’s website (this link is now closed).

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