Financial assistance is available to help accelerate the development of low carbon energy technologies in the UK.
With industry investment and match funding from government departments, the ETI has a potential budget of up to £1.1 billion over a ten year period.
Launched in January 2009, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership comprising a range of UK government departments, non-departmental bodies and private companies which is aiming to accelerate the development of the technologies, skills and supply chains that the UK needs to provide sustainable, clean, affordable and reliable energy.
Over the next ten years, the initiative will commission and fund a wide range of projects targeted at a number of key technology areas:
Projects looking to accelerate the development of marine technologies in order to harness the UK's wave and tidal energy potential. The strand aims to increase marine energy capacity to 2GW by 2020 and upwards of 30GW by 2050, along with reducing the technology's overall costs so that it compares favourably with other established renewables or conventional energy generating technologies.
The programme will focus on:
- Designing, developing and testing prototypes under relevant conditions.
- Designing, developing and testing key sub-systems and component technologies optimised for the marine renewables sector.
- Studies to assess device and array performance.
- Studies to understand the positive and negative environmental impacts, including sediment transfer.
Offshore Wind Programme
This strand will look to overcome the barriers that exist before offshore wind power can make a significant contribution to the UK's energy mix. It will look at supporting projects that cut the costs of offshore wind and accelerate the technology's deployment across the UK.
Projects will focus on one of the following areas:
- Design and demonstration of novel offshore wind power systems, including the use of technologies that are fundamentally different to those currently in use.
- Making improvements to existing technologies to enable large-scale deployment and improve design, construction and reliability.
- Studies into other issues that are critical to improving the deployment of offshore wind, for example, improved environmental impact assessments.
Distributed Energy Programme
Distributed Energy (DE) systems generate electricity and heat near to the end user. Analysis has shown that increased use of DE could reduce UK CO2 emissions associated with heat and power generation by up to 30%, but there are still a number of issues to be resolved before this scenario is likely. Problems include a fluctuation of supply, demand storage, and how DE can be imported/exported to and from the distribution network.
The strand will look to support a range of projects, from those that benefit individual households, to commercial sites and even wider communities. Typical projects will focus on:
- Energy conversion devices.
- Energy storage systems.
- Integrated systems for maximum efficiency and lowest through-life cost.
- Combined heat and power modularisation and cost reduction.
- Integrated energy supply processing, such as anaerobic digestion, gasification of waste, or utilisation of waste gases.
Carbon Capture and Storage Programme
The ETI aims to support a portfolio of carbon capture and storage (CCS) research, development and demonstration projects, particularly the development of lower cost technologies which will have less of an environmental impact. The strand will also aim to ensure that sufficiently high-integrity storage sites are available across the UK and enhance understanding of how an integrated electricity grid and CO2 transport network will operate.
- Electrification of light vehicles - working alongside the TSB's Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform, the ETI is planning on conducting an ambitious large-scale demonstration project to develop the infrastructure needed to support the growth of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
- Efficiency of heavy duty vehicles - design and development of technologies that are scalable and transferable across the heavy duty vehicle sector and will lead to a significant "step-change" in efficiency.
Energy Networks Programme
Projects relating to the need for a major upgrade of the UK's transmission system and distribution network in order to accommodate renewable sources of generation, particularly wind power. The strand will address the following three themes:
- Adapting networks to enable greater quantities of renewable and distributed generation to be connected, whilst at the same time ensuring the network is secure.
- Manage networks to provide a greater flexibility between supply and demand, helping to offset high CO2 peak demand.
- Reducing the CO2 emissions and environmental impact of existing networks.
Biomass Logistics Programme
Projects within the field of bioenergy that aim to enhance understanding of the growing role of biomass logisitics in the UK and what this means for the future of energy. The key objective of this scheme is to support projects that will help to develop practical infrastructure pathways which will enable the UK biomass sector to expand at a rate which is cohesive with the UK's 2050 energy and greenhouse gas targets.
Under each of these programmes, specific "Requests for Proposals" will are posted at regular intervals on the ETI website, with interested companies advised to register with ETI in order to be kept up to date with the latest funding opportunities.
Although there are no specific exclusions cited, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the funding provider in the first instance to discuss eligibility.
Businesses in the UK that are developing low carbon technologies may apply.
No stipulations made.
Costs associated with eligible projects.
Applications may be submitted according to the various calls for proposals as and when they are announced.
Link to guidelines:
Specific calls for proposals and project guidance are posted at regular intervals on the ETI website.
Contact the ETI for further information.