In 2013, Innovate UK, in partnership with the Welsh Government and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC), invested approximately £5.4m in a programme of technical feasibility studies, collaborative research and development and knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP). The aim was to stimulate innovation and develop UK supply chains between the power electronics and energy sectors.
Innovate UK see power electronics as key to enabling a resilient energy system for a future UK energy mix which will include a larger percentage of renewables, connectivity to a European supergrid, community energy systems and electric vehicle charging. The aim of this competition is to link the power electronics community across the supply chain to energy suppliers and original equipment manufacturers to encourage collaboration and innovation in response to current challenges.
The competition had two strands:
Strand 1 was a two-stage collaborative R&D competition with up to £2.4m available for collaborative R&D projects.
Strand 2 offered up to £2m for pre-industrial technical feasibility studies lasting up to 12 months.
A list of the successful projects of the Collaborative R&D strand are available to view in the link provided.