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Catalysing Green Innovation: strand 1, advancing PEMD supply chain

Funding details
Registration opens
16 Jun 2020, 00:00
Registration closes
29 Jul 2020, 11:00
Closes
29 Jul 2020, 11:00
Award
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000. Up to 70% of costs can be covered.
Organisation
Innovate UK
Summary

Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19 to UK industry, Driving the Electric Revolution (part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund) is investing up to £5 million in innovation projects that will support the UK’s continued push towards net zero carbon.

This is part of a larger effort to catalyse the green economic recovery in transport, energy and industrial sectors.

In this strand, up to £5 million will be invested in business-led innovation projects that enable UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD). Projects will facilitate future improvements in productivity, capacity, quality or efficiency.

Projects must be:

  • collaborative
  • exist as a distinct separate project in its own right
  • able to start by 1 November 2020
  • able to show a demonstrable benefit to the UK PEMD supply chain, ideally impact on multiple sectors, exploitable through future activities and demonstrate significant return on investment

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £500,000
  • start by 1 November 2020
  • last between 3 and 9 months

The aim of this competition strand is to facilitate UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD). This is to enable future improvements in:

  • productivity
  • capacity
  • quality
  • efficiency

Your proposal must be able to start by 1 November 2020, show a demonstrable benefit to the UK PEMD supply chain, ideally impact on more than one application sector and demonstrate future return on investment.

Your project must be stand-alone with clear deliverables and must be exploitable through future activities.

Your project can focus on one or more of the following:

Manufacturing process development, such as:

  • innovations and approaches to improve manufacturing productivity
  • implementation of an innovative new tool into a process line
  • automation of a specific process
  • reconfiguring a process line in an innovative way to improve productivity or flexibility

Design for manufacture, such as:

  • designing/redesigning a product where the focus is on how you manufacture it more efficiently and cost effectively
  • specification of a manufacturing process
  • virtual process development (VPD) including improvements in modelling and simulation software
  • developments which enable products to be manufactured with recycling taken into consideration

Circular economy, including:

  • scale-up of processes for the recycling and recovery of materials from end-of-life PEMD products
  • life-cycle and embedded carbon analysis with a view of process improvement
  • waste reduction and process energy efficiency improvements

Innovative testing and validation processes:

  • virtual product validation
  • scale-up and/or automation of testing and validation processes, with an aim of increasing productivity

This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

An online briefing event was held on 15th June: a recording will be made available soon.

Contact KTN’s Transport team if you have queries or would like to find a project partner.

 

Driving the Electric Revolution is an investment of £80 million over 4 years. It was set up to help UK businesses seize the opportunities presented by the transition to a low carbon economy. The challenge aims to create world leading supply chains in the UK and expertise for the manufacture of Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) across 7 sectors, namely;

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • energy (generation and distribution)
  • industrial drives and robotics
  • maritime
  • off highway
  • rail

This is part of a larger effort to catalyse the green economic recovery in transport, energy and industrial sectors.

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