UK commits £82m to spur innovation in energy

The UK Government has pledged to provide £82 million to spur innovation in the energy industry. It is part of the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) 2014-15 Delivery Plan, which outlines investments worth more than £400 million across different sectors. It aims to introduce a business growth programme for small and medium sized businesses to provide […]

£150m efficiency boost for UK construction industry

The Government has pledged that up to £150 million will be invested in the UK construction industry to help develop more energy efficient buildings. The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) will invest £60 million over the next five years to support the design and development of buildings which use less energy. The Government expects the figure […]

90% of trial drivers would recommend EVs

More than 90% of drivers who took part in the UK’s “largest” trial of electric vehicles (EVs) said they would recommend it to others. The 12-month programme provided a range of test EVs to private and corporate fleet drivers to use every day, with more than 300 cars covering over 276,000 trips and clocking up […]

No trucking way! Frozen air to power commercial van

The power of frozen air is to be harnessed in trucks – in an engine containing liquid nitrogen. Last week its developers won a grant from the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, to build and test their liquid air engine fitted in a commercial vehicle. A group made up of the Dearman Engine […]

New offshore innovation centre open in Glasgow

A new innovation centre aimed at commercialising offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies in the UK has officially been opened. Four pilot projects, which includes the development of a Marine Farm Accelerator, will be led by the Carbon Trust and The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult in Glasgow. They […]

£14.7m share for 3D printing in energy sector

Businesses in the UK will benefit from a £14.7 million investment to develop 3D printing projects for the energy and healthcare industries. The Technology Strategy Board and Research Councils are investing £8.4 million for 18 research and development projects – which will last between one and three years – while the rest will be provided […]

UK pledges £10m for EU bioenergy innovation

The UK has pledged up to £10 million for a European scheme aimed at encouraging the development of innovative bioenergy projects. The ERA-NET Plus BESTF scheme, worth around €47 million (£38.3m) worth of public money, is expected to stimulate up to €100 million (£81.5m) of industry-led bioenergy projects. It is supported by eight European countries, […]

£10m for offshore wind pioneers

DECC is encouraging innovators to enter two competitions worth £10 million in a bid to cut the costs of offshore wind power. The new investment follows two successful rounds of the Government’s offshore wind innovation scheme and is calling on new ideas from companies in oil and gas, aerospace and manufacturing. Up to £7 million, […]

£250k boost for horizontal drilling

A drilling tool manufacturer for the oil and gas industry has been granted £250,000 for innovation in the technology. The cash will help Paradigm Drilling Services develop new systems for use in horizontal drilling in oil and gas wells. It will also help part-fund the firm’s project, which involves the design, development, testing and evaluation […]

£13m boost for EV batteries technology

The UK Government has announced plans for a £13 million research centre to boost the development of hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) batteries. It claims the new ‘UK Energy Storage R&D Centre’ at the University of Warwick, which will build on the nation’s expertise in electrochemistry, is a move to secure future growth opportunities for […]