Items of Interest announced by the Technology Strategy Board Energy Knowledge Transfer Network
- £25m Energy Catalyst Competition
Pre-commercial technology validation key dates register by 27th August 2014, submit EOI application by noon, 3rd September 2014 (1st stage). Information and registration are available at: Energy Catalyst Competition
- Forthcoming Clean Cool Mission to San Francisco
Of particular interest to SMEs - the mission will be to San Francisco, dates are: 24 - 30 January 2015 and 16 - 18 March 2015. Official registration opens on the 1st of September 2014, but you can already sign up to ensure you receive the latest updates. Further information can be found at: Clean and Cool Mission
£25m funding available from the Energy Catalyst
The Energy Catalyst has been established by the Technology Strategy Board, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to accelerate innovation in the energy sector, from concept to pre-commercial readiness, by providing investment and support at the time, in the way and at the scale innovators need it. Funding of up to £25m is available for the first round, opening 19 May 2014.
A face-to-face briefing event will be held on the 20th of May in London - register here.
The briefing will also be broadcast live as webinar – register here for the webinar.
The Energy Catalyst is open to innovative businesses and researchers from any sector who can address all elements of the energy ‘trilemma’ of:
- reducing emission
- improving security of supply
- reducing cost.
These challenges are creating major global opportunities for the for which the UK can develop and grow innovative businesses to deliver world-leading solutions
Three categories of grant are available (see links below for scope, exclusions from scope, grant sizes and timescales):
- Early-stage award: Technical feasibility
- Mid-stage awards: Technology Development
- Late-stage awards: Pre-commercial technology validation
Three brokering events have been organised to promote the Catalyst and allow organisations to find partners. The registration links for these are below
The 14th Annual APGTF Workshop - 'The Role of Fossil Fuel Power Plant in Providing Flexible Generation'
The 2014 APGTF Workshop, held on the 12 & 13 March, covered a complex set of challenges around the key issue of power plant flexibility through a mix of keynote talks, technical presentations and panel discussions. An attendance of 124 delegates across both days ensured a lively debate on the topics discussed which included: What is the future role of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and indeed shale gas) in providing such flexible generation? How might it do this while meeting a 'low-carbon' requirement? How might alternative fuels, approaches and technologies increase future options for fossil fuels? What are the RD&D challenges?
Presentations and panel discussion reports from the Workshop are now available to view and download here.
The Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum (APGTF) is an industry-led stakeholder group that is not associated with any single interest or source of funding. It provides a consistent, long-term, proactive technology focus for the power generation sector in the UK on the research, development and demonstration activities for fossil fuels, with the main focus on carbon abatement technologies (CATs) including carbon capture and storage (CCS). However, it also provides a focus for associated technologies including: large-scale fossil generation >1MW; heat, including waste heat utilisation; CHP; biomass; hydrogen production from fossil fuels; and environmental control technology.
The objectives of the APGTF are to provide the strategic focus in the UK on near-to-zero and zero emission technologies from fossil fuel, biomass and associated technologies so as to ensure that
- Strategies are developed and implemented within the UK and globally that support the UK's climate change goal of reducing CO2 emissions both within the UK and abroad
- The UK has secure, clean, affordable energy as we become increasingly dependent on imported fuels
- UK industry has the technologies to allow it to take advantage of the UK and global market opportunities that will arise in the power generation sector
- Collaboration and knowledge sharing are promoted in the power generation and energy supply sector
- There is a significant contribution to UK wealth creation