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Power Electronics-Enabling a Resilient Energy System Competition Briefing E

The Technology Strategy Board, in partnership with the Welsh Government and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is to invest up to £5.4m in a programme of technical feasibility studies, collaborative research and development and knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP). The aim is to stimulate innovation and develop UK supply chains between the power electronics and energy sectors.

We see power electronics as key to enabling a resilient energy system for a future UK energy mix which will include a larger percentage of renewables, connectivity to a European supergrid, community energy systems and electric vehicle charging.

The aim of this competition is to link the power electronics community across the supply chain to energy suppliers and original equipment manufacturers to encourage collaboration and innovation in response to current challenges.

The competition has two strands:

Strand 1 is a two-stage collaborativeR&D competition with up to £2.4m available for collaborative R&D projects. They must be collaborative and business-led and have end users as part of the project.  Projects will focus mainly on industrial research, with total project costs ranging from £500k to £1m – although projects outside this range will be considered.

Strand 2 is offering up to £2m for pre-industrial technical feasibility studies lasting up to12 months. Projects must be led by a UK business and may be developed by a single company or be collaborative. Total project costs are expected to be between £125k and £175k.

Participants will be required to present at a Collaboration Nation event.

This competition opens on 4 February. The deadline for applicant registration is at noon 13 March 2013.  The deadline for applications for feasibility funding is noon 20 March 2013.  The deadline for expressions of interest in collaborative R&D funding is noon 20 March 2013

Power Electronics – enabling a resilient energy system Competition brokering event – PM, 13th February 2013

A brokering event is planned for the afternoon of 13th February after the competition briefing with the following objectives;

  • To allow prospective ‘bidders’ in the power electronics competition to present their initial ideas for proposals and seek partners with whom they can form consortia
  • To allow all attendees to express interest in other people’s ideas and offer specialised services
  • Act as an open networking event where people can meet and discuss ideas
  • Allow 1-to1 discussions with TSB staff (feasibility, CRD or KTP)
  • Allow the community to decide which of the tools (feasibility, CR&D, KTP) is the most appropriate to help them deliver their idea.

The brokering session will start directly after a networking lunch following the conclusion of the competition briefing session in the morning. All attendees of the competition briefing are welcome to attend. The brokering session will conclude at 15:30.

During the facilitated brokering session participants can briefly present their project idea/capability offering and seek partners. Please indicate on the registration form whether you are planning to present. You can download the project ideas template from the Document Library. Please send completed forms to Viola Augstein: viola.augstein@energyktn.innovateuk.org

Registration will be from 09:30

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