KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Electronics, Sensors, Photonics to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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Energy Systems Catapult Consultation

The Technology Strategy Board has been tasked with setting up an Energy Systems Catapult (ESC). The first phase of development is a detailed scoping activity involving consultation with industry, academia and the public sector.

Energy Systems Catapult Mission will be a holistic approach to building UK business innovation capability to better develop new products, services and solutions for future UK and global energy systems markets by: 

  • developing a systems view across all energy vectors (electricity, heating and cooling, gases and fuels).
  • understanding impacts of new technologies in integrating supply and demand via flexible, reliable, affordable and sustainable networks.
  • joining up innovation across the sector (industry, academia and government) to enable innovation to flow through to commercialisation.
  • understanding energy production and use characteristics (time horizon) e.g. taking into account intermittency, weather variability, speeds. of response, carbon content.
  • providing access to services such as: 
    • system simulation,
    • data and project learning,
    • technical expertise,
    • testing infrastructure,
    • demonstration

 Technical Scope: 

  • Integrating technologies including network components, digital and communications technologies, control solutions, and novel enabling technologies that facilitate disruptive energy supply and demand business models. For example:
  • Power electronics
  • Capacity enhancement technologies
  • Technologies to reduce network losses
  • Measurement and data capture systems
  • Control and management systems
  • Demand response enablers, virtual power plants, aggregation technologies
  • Decision making capabilities (automated, distributed and/or centralised)
  • Storage Integration (of all vectors)
  • Integrated solutions enabling system flexibility across vectors
  • Communications, data transfer technologies and big data analytics for energy
  • Digital platforms that enable new business models
  • Technologies integrating new consumer energy demand needs with supply requirements.
  • Locally focussed solutions through to national requirements
  • Energy transfer across borders
  • Knowledge building. For example:
    • System design
    • Learning & dissemination from demonstration and development programmes
    • Data gathering & analysis 
    • Interoperability up, down and across network
    • Concepts from telecoms, rail and other large networks

Out of Scope:

  • Energy production & generation technology development (eg power generation technologies, CCS, oil & gas production or refining, etc)
  • Energy end use hardware development (eg heat pumps, cooling technologies, vehicle propulsion technologies) 
  • Energy end-use efficiency technologies development (eg building insulation)

There will be three events, the first on 20th November, 2013 at the Thistle Hotel, Marble Arch, London. Further events follow in Birmingham and Glasgow. For registration details please see here

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