Green Innovation Challenge Fund pilot launched

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Businesses can apply for project funding to solve challenges of moving to a net zero energy system while delivering growth and jobs for NI

The Department for the Economy (DfE) has launched a call to companies for projects developing innovative low carbon technologies.

The Green Innovation Challenge Fund, delivered by the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) hosted by Queen’s University Belfast - an industry led sustainable energy research centre - has received £4.5 million funding from DfE, under the Economic Recovery Action Plan ‘Building a Green Economy’.

The fund aims to further the goals of the 10X Economic Vision, Green Growth Strategy and the Energy Strategy by:

  • encouraging green innovation in renewables and low carbon technologies
  • providing support to businesses to engage in research and development so that they can continue to innovate and drive new commercial opportunities
  • providing advisory services and support to assist companies understand innovation and develop their innovative capabilities
  • assisting SMEs to gain the skills they need to engage in innovation activities
  • assisting businesses to exploit new opportunities through the adoption of new technologies
  • fostering collaboration and partnership between industry, academia and other civic institutions

CASE is seeking applications from suitably qualified consortia for research and development funding to support the decarbonisation of the energy system. Proposals are sought from across the following research areas:

  • ocean energy – wave, tidal, offshore wind, floating solar
  • bio-energy – anaerobic digestion, biogas production, upgrading and bio-fuel production
  • energy systems – community / local energy, grid stabilisation, ancillary and distribution system operator services, demand side management, integrated supply chains and Power-to-X

Find out more about the Green Innovation Challenge Fund and how to apply.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13 May 2022.

Awareness event

The Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering (NIACE) will be running a CASE Green innovation challenge fund awareness event at their centre on Airport Road in Belfast at 14:00 on Thursday 14 April 2022 - find out more and register to attend.

First published 2 March 2022