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Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Sensing - £1m Competition for feasibility and demonstration funding

Competition (single stage) opens: 8 October 2012

Deadline for registration: 28 November 2012

Competition close: 5 December 2012

The Technology Strategy Board is launching a collaborative R&D feasibility and demonstrator competition with up to £1m to invest in projects using low-power energy harvesting technologies for autonomous sensing.

This initiative aims to help companies explore the opportunities created by energy harvesting to extend the life of batteries in devices or to eliminate the need for batteries altogether.

Potential applications extend across many industry sectors and commercial activities, such as space, marine, automotive, aerospace, environmental monitoring, subterranean and subsea, harsh and hostile environments and even battlefields. Closer to home they could be found in building and home automation, process monitoring in manufacturing, condition monitoring of machines and infrastructure with embedded devices, medical devices and consumer electronics.

The feasibility and demonstration projects must be undertaken by a consortium of at least two partners. One of these can be an academic institution but the project must be led by a business, which can be of any size. Projects are expected to last six to 18 months and can attract public funding of up to 75%, with a maximum grant of £100k for an individual project. A briefing day for potential applicants will be held on 23 October 2012.

This competition is deliberately broad in scope to encourage a range of projects.  They could cover  demonstrations of energy harvesting in new and challenging real world applications, exploration of novel energy harvesting techniques for practical use or of the potential to improve harvesting through developments in power management systems. Projects may range from proof of concept and feasibility studies through to small scale prototype systems tested in a relevant environment.

The competition announcement can be found here.

The Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Sensing competition brief can be found here.

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