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Improving solar power technologies : apply for business funding

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £455,000 for projects that develop products to increase Europe's market share in solar power.

Innovate UK has up to £455,000 to invest in innovative manufacturing techniques, products and services in the field of solar energy.

The funding is part of a Europe-wide competition Solar-era.net that aims to strengthen the European manufacturing base and increase European market share in this field.

Support is available for UK companies in the following areas:

  • innovative and low-cost photovoltaic manufacturing issues
  • advanced photovoltaic products and applications
  • photovoltaic system integration
  • aspects of concentrating solar power cost reduction and system integration

Competition information

  • the competition is open
  • applicants must submit a pre-proposal by 4pm on 20 February 2017
  • the deadline for full proposals is 4pm on 14 June 2017
  • businesses could attract up to 70% of their eligible costs
  • projects must involve at least 2 partners from 2 different countries
  • an online brokering event will be held on 12 December 2016