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.

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Integrated Energy Challenge Brokerage Event

The KTN is working with Innovate UK in running a brokerage event for an upcoming £multi-million competition entitled The Integrated Energy Challenge. The competition is currently in its final stage of development and consultation before likely being launched in January 2015. This competition will be targeted at innovations in systems integration inclusive of heat, combustible gases and electricity. Multivector approaches are being highlighted as an important area for innovation from both a supply and demand side.

The event aims to bring together innovators from across the energy intensive supply and demand sectors to raise awareness of the approach to the competition and to encourage the brokering of ideas for projects. For registration details please see here.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

09:30 Registration

10:00 Introduction

10:15 Keynote Speaker 1

10:45 Innovate UK Localised Energy Systems Winner Introductions

11:30 Keynote Speaker 2

12:00 Innovate UK Localised Energy Systems Winner Introductions

12:45 Lunch & Networking

13:45 6x Elevator pitches from Participants

****If you would like present a 5 minute elevator pitch please email hayley.hopkins@ktn-uk.org. You will still need to register below****

14:15 Workshop & Reportage: Challenges and Opportunities

14:45 Networking Break

15:15 Workshop & Reportage: Project Requirements and needs

15:45 Close

The scope of this developing competition is likely to include, but not limited to:

  • Cross sector innovation e.g. built environment, digital, manufacturing, new materials solutions, transport including a coordinated approach to the Technical, Social, Environmental and Commercial challenges of systems integration.
  • Energy ecosystems developed at scale
  • Multi-vector innovation from both the demand and supply side
  • Integration of heat, combustible gases and electricity
  • Interconnection at multiple scales and interactions with existing utilities
  • Control Strategies for Multivector energy sources and sinks
  • Monitoring and management of energy networks and network innovation
  • Innovative reuse of low-grade energy from industrial processes, e.g. chemical, manufacturing and agri sectors. See for example:http://www.britishsugar.co.uk/tomatoes.aspx
  • Commercial models for energy trading that enable new technologies and systems to be deployed
  • Supply chain working from technology providers to end users

Please note:

  1.  “Grid” terminologies in this document is used inclusively for electricity transmission & distribution as well as gas and heat networks.
  2. The development of energy individual energy generation technologies alone  is likely to be out scope as it is covered by the wider energy investments but may be considered from a systems integration perspective.
  3. Energy Generation and Management within individual buildings is likely to be out of scope as it has been covered by other Innovate UK programmes. 



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