Energy Game Changer: Up to £1.5m available to provide radical solutions to challenges in the energy sector

Energy Materials Group
15 Nov 2015

Innovate UK is allocating up to £1.5m for their “Energy Game Changer” competition. The funding will be allocated to feasibility studies led by SMEs from outside the energy sector who can provide disruptive solutions to long established challenges which currently cost the energy sector hundreds of millions of pounds per year. The SMEs work alone or collaboratively with partners of any size or from any sector.

Amongst the high level challenges where radical, multi-disciplinary solutions are sought are:

  • improving condition monitoring, inspection, sensing, characterisation and repair of energy assets

  • minimising the risk and cost of operating in remote and hazardous environments

  • generating and handling ‘big data’ to optimise performance, efficiency, safety and security 

  • getting individuals and communities excited and engaged in energy 

  • reducing the consumers energy bills without compromising comfort

To encourage radical change and new ideas, the competition is specifically looking for solutions from innovative SMEs whose main business is divorced from the energy sector and can therefore look at the challenges from new perspectives. We see opportunities for organisations who may be engaged in activities such as; ICT, digital, design, electronics, sensors, modelling, virtual reality, gaming, robotics, UAVs, manufacturing, inspection and advanced materials.

They also welcome technology transfer ideas from other sectors such as;defence, forensics, automotive, medical, space and creative industries.

Innovate UK is looking to fund around 20 feasibility studies of between £50-100k in size and 6-12 month duration.

The competition will open in Spring 2016 and the KTN is organising a preliminary information webinar on Friday, 11 December, 2015, 10.30-12.00.

The webinar will give you the opportunity to:

  • understand the background to the competition

  • hear about the specific challenges and competition scope in more detail

  • hear about the competitions eligibility criteria, application process, funding and timescales

  • ask on-line questions

  • network on line

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