Government funding for innovation in energy efficiency and heating technologies.
Innovation in the built environment
Across Government, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and BEIS expect to invest around £184 million in research and innovation in the built environment.
As part of this commitment, within the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, BEIS expects to invest around £90 million in low carbon heating and energy efficiency options for UK homes and businesses.
Building for 2050
Announced as part of the construction sector deal, government is investing £1.4 million in a research project called ‘Building for 2050’. Led by AECOM, this project is gathering evidence from three housing developments located in Swansea, Bristol and Manchester with the aim of uncovering the barriers to developing low cost, low carbon housing. The project will test innovative methods of construction and will involve working closely with households throughout the project to track their views, and to report on progress as we seek to reduce the environmental impact of UK homes by 2050.
Investing in Low Carbon Heating Technology Innovation
Government has launched a grant scheme to invest up to £10 million to develop technologies that reduce the carbon emissions associated with providing heat and hot water to UK buildings. Innovative technologies, processes and tools are eligible for support and applicants may apply for a grant of £200,000 to £2 million.
Applications should be submitted by 2 January 2018.
Full details about the grant scheme, including how to apply, and a Q&A, are set out in the guidance notes.
For more information, please email BuiltEnvironmentInnovation@beis.gov.uk using the title Low Carbon Heating Technology Innovation Fund in the email subject.
Investing in Building Thermal Efficiency Innovation
Government has launched a grant scheme to invest up to £10 million to develop technologies and approaches to improving the energy efficiency of existing UK buildings. Innovative technologies, processes and business models are eligible for support and applicants may apply for a grant of £200,000 to £2 million.
Registration is required by 12 December 2017. Applications should be submitted by 2 January 2018.
Full details about the grant scheme, including how to apply, and a Q&A, are set out in the guidance notes. There is a separate application form for this scheme.
For more information, please email BuiltEnvironmentInnovation@beis.gov.uk using the title Thermal Efficiency Innovation Fund in the email subject.
Investing in hydrogen innovation for heating
BEIS is undertaking a £25 million project to explore the potential use of hydrogen gas for heating UK homes and businesses. Following a competition, BEIS has appointed Arup+, a team of contractors led by Ove Arup to run this project.
This project will run from 2017 to 2021 and will aim to define a hydrogen quality standard, and to explore, develop and test domestic and commercial hydrogen appliances.
Investing in smart heating systems
BEIS is investing £9.8 million in phase 2 of the Smart Systems and Heat Programme, run by the Energy Systems Catapult. This phase will build on the work from phase 1, including developing a ‘Home Energy Services Gateway’ to change the relationship between consumers, heating systems, and energy suppliers. The project will also include work with local authorities on developing low energy plans, including the support the development and expansion of domestic low carbon heating projects.