Guidance

Energy Innovation

The government’s energy innovation programme and guidance to apply for available funding.

Energy Innovation

At Autumn Statement 2015, the government committed to double the UK’s energy innovation spend, such that by 2021 it will have doubled to over £400 million per year. This builds on previous initiatives under the Coalition government.

This funding will support investments in innovations across the energy sector. For more information about the projects government is supporting, and to find application details on the latest open competitions, visit the following pages:

As announced in the Clean Growth Strategy, government has significantly increased its investment in low carbon innovation. Between 2015 and 2021 we expect to invest (subject to value for money projects being put forwards) over £2.5 billion in research, development and demonstration of low carbon energy, transport, agriculture, and waste. This includes:

  • Up to £505 million from the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes;
  • Up to £1.2 billion from the combination of UK Research Councils investments and Innovate UK – now being brought into one organisation with the creation of UK Research and Innovation. These investments include funding for the Energy Systems Catapult and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
  • Up to £246 million for the Faraday Challenge, which will ensure the UK builds on its strengths and leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries.
  • Up to £620 million from a range of Departments, including BEIS, DfT, DfID, and Defra.

In addition to this Government funding, Ofgem is making available to GB gas and electricity network companies up to £720 million of regulated expenditure for them to support smarter, more flexible, efficient, and resilient gas and electricity networks.

Mission Innovation

In line with the doubling of our domestic energy innovation programme, the UK will continue to play a leading role in international research efforts to reduce the costs of low carbon energy, working with other countries to strengthen collaboration and transparency in clean energy research, development, and demonstration. To demonstrate this commitment, at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris, the UK joined Mission Innovation.

Mission Innovation is an international initiative which aims to accelerate clean energy investment and innovation in order to provide reliable and affordable energy for all.

Energy Innovation Board

The Energy Innovation Board has been formed to replace and build on the work of the LCICG, to provide an even greater opportunity to collaborate at a strategic level.

This new Board is Chaired by Dr Patrick Vallance, the Government Chief Scientific Advisor, and attended by senior civil servants across BEIS, Innovate UK, Research Councils, DCLG, Defra, DfID, DfT, Ofgem, and with HMT as observers.

See here for energy innovation evidence from the former LCICG.

BEIS Energy Innovation Programme

The BEIS Energy Innovation Programme aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes into the 2020s and 2030s. The Programme, with a budget of £505 million from 2015-2021 consists of six themes, to invest:

  • Around £70 million in smart systems
  • Around £90 million in the built environment (energy efficiency & heating)
  • Around £100 million in industrial decarbonisation and carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS)
  • Around £180 million in nuclear innovation
  • Around £15 million in renewables innovation
  • Around £50 million in support for energy entrepreneurs and green financing

Energy Innovation Research

Published 30 October 2016
Last updated 12 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updates announced in Clean Growth Strategy.
  2. Link to new Green finance page added
  3. Funding for innovative built environment.
  4. Text updated to reflect current coverage of spend on energy innovation
  5. Information about the Energy Innovation Board added
  6. First published.