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Net Zero Innovation Portfolio

The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio provides funding for low-carbon technologies and systems. Decreasing the costs of decarbonisation, the Portfolio will help enable the UK to end its contribution to climate change.

Innovation is key to developing the green technologies needed to tackle climate change. The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio is a £1 billion fund, announced in the Prime Minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, to accelerate the commercialisation of low-carbon technologies, systems and business models in power, buildings, and industry.

The Portfolio will decrease the costs of decarbonisation and set the UK on the path to a low carbon future. It will create world-leading industries and new green jobs, invest in our regions, and help make the UK a science and innovation superpower.

Focused on 10 priority areas, it includes:

  • future offshore wind
  • nuclear advanced modular reactors (supported through the aligned Advanced Nuclear Fund)
  • energy storage and flexibility
  • bioenergy
  • hydrogen
  • homes
  • direct air capture and greenhouse gas removal (GGR)
  • advanced carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS)
  • industrial fuel switching
  • disruptive technologies

Funding is being made available for projects right across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Competitions will be launching throughout 2021, with opportunities to apply offered through the individual competition pages listed below.

The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio succeeds the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme (EIP) which ran from 2015 to 2021.

Advanced carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS)

To bring down the cost of capturing and sequestering CO2 and helping UK industry to understand the opportunity for developing and deploying next generation carbon capture technologies from 2025.

Bioenergy

To bring down costs and reduce barriers within the full biomass to energy value chain. This includes improving the productivity of the UK’s biomass supply, the availability of conversion technologies, and the generation processes for energy vectors such as biomethane, green hydrogen, biofuels and electricity

Direct air capture and greenhouse gas removal (GGR)

To support the research and development of direct air capture technologies in the UK.

Disruptive technologies

To support energy entrepreneurs to develop the best ideas for technologies, products and processes in energy efficiency, power generation and storage.

Energy storage and flexibility

To support flexibility services and technologies, as well as non-conventional storage at varying technology readiness levels.

Future offshore wind

To support the development and demonstration of state of the art technologies and products in the future offshore wind industry.

Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) Demonstration Programme (closed)

Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) Demonstration Programme: successful projects

Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence

BEIS has joined the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence. BEIS is providing the Centre with £2 million over 4 years, strengthening the Centre’s mission to further accelerate innovation in the UK’s floating wind sector. This puts us in a prime position to capitalise on a growing export market as other countries look to use this technology.

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult: Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (September 2021)

UK Manufacturing Technology for Next Generation Wind Turbines – Composites Phase 2

£5 million awarded to Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the National Composites Centre to set out a detailed roadmap for incorporating radically new composite-based components in the next-generation of offshore wind turbines and how they can be manufactured and delivered in the UK context.

Composite materials set to enable the next generation of wind turbines with Joule Challenge project launch (November 2021)

Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence Phase 2

£3.8 million has been awarded to 7 projects to support the development of technologies that enable the coexistence of future offshore windfarms alongside UK air defence surveillance systems. This competition will be delivered through the Defence and Security Accelerator.

Homes and buildings

Innovation to support decarbonising our homes and buildings.

Hydrogen

To catalyse innovation and address blockers to the uptake of hydrogen technologies across the whole hydrogen value and supply chain, from production, supply, storage to end use.

Industry

To support the development and demonstration of technologies that enable industry to switch from high to low carbon fuels and improve energy or resource efficiencies.

Nuclear advanced modular reactors (AMRs)

The aim of the AMR Research, Development and Demonstration Programme is to demonstrate that high temperature gas reactors (HTGRs) can produce high temperature heat which could be used for low carbon hydrogen production, process heat for industrial and domestic use and cost-competitive electricity generation.

Published 3 March 2021
Last updated 1 November 2022 + show all updates
  1. Industrial Fuel Switching competition Phase 2 is open to applications.

  2. Added grant funding winners to Accelerating Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies 3

  3. V2X Innovation Programme added.

  4. Added the Proposed Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator Programme.

  5. Link added to new Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) Research, Development and Demonstration Programme: market engagement page.

  6. Added Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme.

  7. Added details about the Hydrogen Skills and Standards for Heat programme.

  8. UK Manufacturing Technology for Next Generation Wind Turbines – Composites Phase 2 announced.

  9. Added details about the Green Home Finance Accelerator.

  10. Added details about the Heat Pump Ready Programme.

  11. Added Space based solar power: de-risking the pathway to net zero and Flexibility innovation pages to the collection.

  12. Future offshore wind: Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence and winning projects for Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence Phase 2 competition announced.

  13. We have added a request for information from the public about potential dual-use space or terrestrial based power system technologies.

  14. We have published expressions of interest for 3 schemes: Phase 3 of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, the Industrial Fuel Switching competition and the Red Diesel Replacement competition.

  15. Industry of Future Programme (IFP) added.

  16. Added details about speculative plans for an industrial fuel switching competition.

  17. We are accepting expressions of interest for the CCUS Innovation 2 Competition and the Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Competition.

  18. Applications are now open for Phase 2 of the Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence competition.

  19. Phase 2 of the Green Distilleries competition is now open to applicants who were successful for Phase 1 funding.

  20. An invitation to tender for Alternate Energy Markets: Energy Price Signals study is now live.

  21. First published.