Advanced materials to support the UK’s future energy technologies

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Government funding of £3 million will back seven industry-led, innovative, research and development projects that will demonstrate materials to support the development of tomorrow’s energy technologies. The funding awards will be made by the Technology Strategy Board.

Government funding of £3 million will back seven industry-led, innovative, research and development projects that will demonstrate materials to support the development of tomorrow’s energy technologies. The collaborative projects will apply and demonstrate materials technologies for use in energy generation, transmission, distribution and storage.

The UK faces a number of challenges around energy supply, cost and security, because of the need to reduce both national and global CO2 emissions. This has created a need for the UK to adopt a balanced portfolio of energy technologies. UK industry now has a major opportunity to examine transferable materials solutions and methods that will be needed to support the development of energy technologies for the future. These projects will support the research, experimental development and application of materials technologies which address challenges in scaling up technologies, from proof of concept to small-scale technology demonstrations and pilots.

The companies leading the projects are: Alstom Grid UK Ltd, C-Tech Innovation Ltd, Cella Energy Ltd, Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd, Intrinsiq Materials Ltd, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd and Sharp Laboratories Europe.

The projects will be in areas such as:

  •     Catalyst and membranes to establish hydrogen storage infrastructure;
  •     Fuel cells incorporating nanomaterials;
  •     High-grade waste heat recovery photovoltaic materials;
  •     Composite insulation for power transmission applications.

The funding awards, by the Technology Strategy Board (http://www.innovateuk.org) follow successful application by the companies to the Materials for Energy competition for R&D funding. Including match-funding by the participating businesses, the total value of the projects is in excess of £6.5 million.

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