Calling for Power Electronics innovators to help enable a resilient energy system and address some of the high level challenges facing the Energy industry.
The IET Energy Sector is actively promoting the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) competition to “ Enable a Resilient Energy System ” in conjunction with the Electronics Sensors & Photonics and Energy Generation & Supply Knowledge Transfer Networks.
The TSB, Welsh Government and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are jointly investing up to £1m to establish new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) in the area of Power Electronics.
Power electronics is considered 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 super-grid, community energy systems, and electric vehicle charging.
Power electronics provides a way of controlling all areas of our energy system – from gigawatts (GW) at a national level, to kilowatts (kW) at a community level – and is a necessary and important component for delivering future resilient energy systems. Information and communication technologies between key parts of the system are also essential to enable this control to happen, as well as technology development in new materials, manufacturing, monitoring and a number of other technologies. The challenges of delivering a UK energy system fit for the future requires a collaborative, systems approach with design in mind at an early stage, to produce ‘right first time’ solutions
The aim of this competition is to stimulate and support supply chain innovation in power electronics and the energy sector. It is part of a £5.4m programme and is running in parallel with a £4.4m TSB investment in power electronics.
The winning organisations will be encouraged to share knowledge across projects, which will facilitate effective links to the UK research base, including the developing EPSRC National Centre for Power Electronics. This will give the businesses and students involved, access to knowledge and expertise held by a range of academic groups with different perspectives on the high-level challenges facing the industry.
Support is offered for businesses looking to bring forward innovative projects that link power electronics to resilient energy systems. Proposals that can address one or more of the following challenges will be considered:
The targeted call opened on 4 February 2013, deadline for applications is 19 June 2013.
For more information visit the competition website or call 0300 321 4357 or email.
Alternatively, attend the forthcoming event where detailed information will be given on the current KTP competition in Resilient Energy from the Technology Strategy Board.
Funding for R&D: How to get on the ladder with KTP and Smart awards
Wed 10 Apr 2013 10:00 – 16:00
If you have any questions, comments or would like to be involved in any of this work then please get in touch with Gordon Graham, IET Energy Sector Head.
UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol BS34 8QZ