TSB offers grant funding for energy-harvesting systems

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is inviting innovative UK companies to bid for a share of up to £1m of investment in feasibility studies that demonstrate, in a commercial setting, the application of energy-harvesting technologies for autonomous sensing.

The grant funding is designed to enable companies to explore the opportunities created by energy harvesting to extend the life of batteries in devices or to eliminate the need for batteries altogether.

The feasibility and demonstration projects must be undertaken by a consortium of at least two partners, one of which can be an academic institution if required, and the project must be led by a business, which can be of any size. Projects are expected to last between six and 18 months and grant funding of up to 75 per cent will be available, with a maximum grant of £100,000 for each project.

The competition opens on 8 October 2012 and applicants must register their interest by 28 November 2012. The deadline for the receipt of applications is 5 December 2012.