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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.

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Solar Electricity - the case for the UK?

My office window is high enough to look across various roof-tops and, on balance, there is more than enough sunshine to make the case for solar electricity panels to be installed in this part of the UK. Yet there are none in sight. This personal observation was in mind when the ESP KTN ran a residential workshop in Grasmere to consider the case for solar electricity in the UK.

 

We invited a range of people from the solar electricity sector in the UK, covering the manufacturers, installers, researchers, investors, and government. The event was wide-ranging, well-informed, and reached a coherent set of recommendations. Underlying the workshop was a critical approach to assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the UK sector, and the threats that it faces. The recommendations and emerging opportunities were seen as a good step forward for the UK solar electricity sector.

 

The findings will be compiled into a report that will shortly be available from teh ESP KTN. A preview will be presented at the Green Photonics event in Cardiff on 19th October, followed up by a presentation at Photonex in Telford in November, and at SolarFlair in December.

 

As an observation - may of you will have noticed that I have avoided using the term 'photovoltaic'. The workshop recommended that the term 'solar electricity' is more meaningful to more people.

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