Smart energy system designs and demonstrators offered £41.5m

Demonstration projects must be based in a large UK location such as a medium-sized town

Government launches fund for smart energy systems

The fund’s first round will see recipients receive a share of £41.5 million

Robots battle in nuclear clean-up challenge

Five projects have been awarded a total of £8.5 million to develop robots that can tackle some of Sellafield’s most radioactive hotspots. The robots controlled by smart auto navigation systems made it through to the final stages from a shortlist of 15, each receiving up to £1.5 million to build prototype demonstrators for testing in a simulated […]

New £7m initiative to trial vehicle-to-grid charging

A new initiative to develop a large-scale domestic trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging in the UK has been launched. ChargePoint Services, Energy Saving Trust, Octopus Energy, Open Energi, Navigant and UK Power Networks plan to roll out the electric vehicle (EV) charging technology this year. The £7 million project will install 135 V2G chargers in […]

New funding available for bright environmental ideas

Young people with innovative business ideas, including those to tackle environmental issues, can now apply for support. A new scheme run by the Prince’s Trust and Innovate UK is offering financial assistance and expert coaching to 18 to 30-year-olds able to commit 15 hours a week to their innovation. The partners say funding will be […]

Power cable project offered £1m to cut energy waste

Innovate UK has offered a £1 million grant for a project to develop efficient cables to cut costs and reduce emissions from the transmission sector. The new cable technology has been invented by developer Enertechnos, which has been joined by a number of partners including equipment supplier Eland Cables. The project will use the long […]

Subsea developer secures funding for AI maintenance

A UK subsea technology developer has secured funding from Innovate UK to develop a 3D visualisation system for offshore maintenance. Rovco will use the money as part of its artificial intelligence (AI) offshore inspection demonstrator project, which aims to increase efficiency, reduce costs and minimise risks. It will work in partnership with the Offshore Renewable […]

Smart EV charging research in Edinburgh offered £80k

Organisations are being invited to apply for a share of £80,000 to examine how low carbon and smart electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure could be introduced in Edinburgh. The City of Edinburgh Council is seeking projects that combine onsite generation of renewable energy, battery storage and smart meters with innovative software systems to control everything. […]

New £1m funding for self-cleaning solar coating tech

Funding worth £1 million has been provided to commercialise self-cleaning coating to optimise the energy production of solar panels. Opus Materials Technologies is using the grant from Innovate UK to measure and monitor the impact of extreme weather conditions on the performance of its novel coating by conducting field trials. It is working with Above […]

UK announces £80m for EV centre in Coventry

The UK Government is to open an electric vehicle (EV) technology centre as part of a £120 million investment in low carbon transport. Through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), it will dedicate £80 million for the new National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NMDF) in Coventry, which aims to improve the volume and cost issues associated […]