The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is to invest £10m to stimulate research and development in low carbon energy technology.
The Low Carbon Energy Technologies competition will award partial funding to projects in areas such as bioenergy; intelligent grid integration and management; carbon abatement technologies; hydrogen and fuel cells; microgeneration and photovoltaics.
The projects can last for two to three years and can range from small, highly focussed basic research projects aimed at establishing technical feasibility, through to applied research and experimental development projects.
‘The challenge of moving towards a lower carbon economy, using a mix of technologies and energy sources, requires us to develop a portfolio of low carbon energy technologies for the electricity, heat and transport markets,’ said Iain Gray, TSB chief executive. ‘The TSB is committed to stimulating the development and deployment of technologies which, while contributing to the UK’s climate change and energy security goals, also represent major business opportunities for the UK.’
The competition is part of a drive with the Energy Technologies Institute, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and other public bodies to develop a coordinated research and development portfolio of projects across the energy sector.
Applicants must register their intention to apply for funding and submit an outline of their proposal by February 22. The final closing date for applications is March 27.