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A new knowledge transfer network (KTN) has been established to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing in the energy generation and supply sector.

The organisation that exists to support technological innovation in the UK, the Technology Strategy Board, has awarded a three-year contract to a consortium led by TWI, one of Europe’s largest independent research and technology organisations, to run the new KTN, which will focus on networking, promote funding opportunities and help to form partnerships.

The KTN will aim to make the energy generation and supply arena easier to navigate and will be designed as a ‘one stop shop’ for all stakeholders within the field, in a sector where grant funding and knowledge-sharing opportunities are provided by a range of different organisations.

Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said: ‘The Energy Generation and Supply KTN is designed to act as a front door, helping developers find their way through the UK and EU funding landscape so they receive the best support available to progress the development of their technology.’ The KTN will focus on several technology areas: offshore wind, wave and tidal, carbon abatement technologies (including higher efficiency plants, biomass co-firing and carbon capture and storage), hydrogen and fuel cells, maximising oil and gas resources and future emerging opportunities.

Membership of the KTN will be free of charge and open to the entire energy community, including industry, investors, academia, innovators, government bodies and regulators.

The Energy Generation and Supply KTN will be formally launched at the TSB’s ‘Innovate 09’ event at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London on 13 October 2009.

In delivering the KTN, TWI will lead a consortium comprising AEA Technology, APGTF (Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum), ITF (The Industry Technology Facilitator), Synnogy and UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre).

The KTN has been designed to complement and build on the efforts of existing networks.

This is reflected in the consortium partnership.

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