Energy Innovation Challange Programme – Round 3

The North East region excels when it comes to innovating, demonstrating and delivering new solutions which can help us drive economic growth in the region while solving global energy challenges. The Energy Innovation Challenge Programme is a new initiative designed to build on our region’s skills and expertise to address global energy challenges. The programme is coordinated by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP), supported by the Innovation SuperNetwork (ISN), on behalf of the North East Energy Catalyst. It will be delivered over a series of three rounds during 2020/21.

The purpose of the Energy Innovation Challenge is to give businesses in our region an opportunity to develop new products and services that could help to tackle some of the energy-related challenges the world is facing, and to support them to bring their ideas to market.

Energy Innovation Challenge Programme – Round Three

Theme: Innovation in energy materials

In this challenge round we are focusing on materials used in any aspect of our electricity, gas and water infrastructure. This may include pipes, valves, cables and any other component part of our energy system. Whilst entries in line with the overarching theme (energy materials) are acceptable, we are particularly interested in the following areas:

  1. Innovative materials used in generation and storage of energy. This may include composites, substrates, metals, polymers and coatings.
  2. Application of materials to improve performance, resilience and/or security of energy infrastructure. This may include corrosion resistance, density, fracture toughness, hardness and theft deterrents.
  3. Materials, techniques and solutions which lead to a reduction in cost and/or raw materials required to package, transport, install, maintain and recycle existing energy infrastructure.

There’s up to £40,000 support available to advance prototypes/concepts, tooling.

To apply for the Energy Innovation Challenge, please fill out this application form. For more information on the Challenge and guidance on applying, please see the Guidance Document here.

Deadline: 5pm on Friday 26th February 2021