IETF industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies

Fund Name: IETF industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies
Project Length: 12-24 months
Project Value: £60k-£100k
Deadline: 28/10/2020

Summary

In this strand projects must undertake a feasibility or an engineering study (experimental development) to develop either an energy efficiency or a deep decarbonisation project that enables possible subsequent deployment.

Fund Details

This strand of the competition aims to:

  • help industrial companies build a pipeline of future deployment projects by supporting feasibility and engineering studies (experimental development)
  • reduce the costs and risks of either industrial energy efficiency or decarbonisation technologies

Feasibility studies

If you are carrying out a feasibility study it must:

  • investigate technologies that improve the energy efficiency or reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of an industrial process
  • establish whether or not the potential technology is technically and commercially viable

Experimental development (engineering study)

Experimental development projects must be engineering studies. An engineering study is a detailed project plan that identifies specific technical requirements. The final report will be an overall document, summarising many separate studies carried out by different specialists. It is a structured, multi-disciplinary engineering design with the purpose of identifying key project design features and providing a project cost estimate.

Your project must provide sufficient detail to enable the site operator to make a final investment decision.

Innovate UK expect your engineering study to show appropriate consideration of:

  • technical approach
  • carbon reduction and other benefits analysis
  • health and safety
  • planning and consenting
  • environmental impacts
  • economic analysis
  • project delivery requirements and scheduling
  • project risks

Your project must:

  • have total eligible project costs of at least £60,000 and last up to 12 months if it is a feasibility study
  • have total eligible project costs of at least £100,000 and last up to 24 months if it is experimental development
  • start by 1 October 2021
  • end by 30 September 2023

Under state aid the maximum grant funding amount an organisation can receive is €7.5 million for feasibility studies for each project that it is involved with. For experimental development the maximum grant funding amount an organisation can receive is €15 million for each project that it is involved with. The currency conversion for this limitation will happen at the point of grant award.

Eligibility

Lead organisation

To lead a project or work alone your organisation:

  • must be a business of any size registered in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • must operate at the manufacturing site or data centre in England, Wales or Norther Ireland where the study is carried out
  • can collaborate with other businesses, research organisations, research and technology organisation (RTO), academic institutions or public sector organisations which must all be registered in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • must carry out its project work in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • must intend to exploit the results in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
    cannot be an undertaking in difficulty (see section on state aid)

This competition is aimed at specific types of business. These are determined by a code allocated at the time of registering at Companies House, called a standard industrial classification (SIC) code.

You will need to check your business SIC code to make sure you are eligible. For this competition your business must be one of these:

  • manufacturing 10 to 33
  • data centres 63110
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