Driving net zero - apply for funding

IOM3 Content Cafe
23 Jun 2020

Businesses can apply for a share of £15 million to encourage the green economic recovery in transport, energy and industrial sectors following the Covid-19 pandemic. The UK government has launched the £80mln Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge to speed delivery of next generation electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid aircraft, energy generation, smart grids, robotics and industrial drives, consumer products, low-carbon off-highway vehicles for construction and agriculture, low-carbon maritime and rail.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £15 million co-funded from Driving the Electric Revolution and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to support business-led research. The funding competition has two strands.

Strand 1

 Projects must develop power electronics machines and drives (PEMD) supply chain improvements.

Projects could work on one or more of the following -

  • manufacturing process development such as improving productivity, implementing new tools, automating processes, reconfiguring processes to improve productivity or flexibility
  •  design for manufacture such as designing or redesigning a product for more efficient production, specification of a manufacturing process, improvements in modelling and simulation software, developments to allow manufacture of products with recycling taken into consideration
  •  circular economy approaches such as scale-up of processes for recycling and recovery of materials, lifecycle and embedded carbon analysis, and waste reduction and process energy efficiency
  •  innovative testing and validation such as virtual product validation, and scale-up or automation of testing and validation processes

The competition is open, and the deadline for applications is at 11am on 29 July 2020.

Strand 2

Work must target zero or very low emissions, below 75g of CO2 per km. Projects developing electric vehicle charging are also eligible.

This could include -

  • battery technologies
  • electrification of conventional powertrains
  • hybridisation technologies
  • technologies that increase the efficiency of powertrain or auxiliary systems
  • hydrogen technologies
  • range extender technologies
  • EV charging services including charging solutions, roaming, integration and grid services

The competition is open, and the deadline for applications is at 11am on 29 July 2020.