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UK Research & Innovation has announced a fund for research and industry to develop future smart energy systems and prove their use at scale.

The energy revolution challenge will bring together businesses working with the best research and expertise to develop and demonstrate new approaches to provide cleaner, cheaper and resilient energy. This includes linking low-carbon power, heating and transport systems with energy storage and advanced IT to create intelligent, local energy systems and services.



The funding will be available for:

  • Smart local energy systems demonstrators and designs; up to three practical local energy systems demonstrators and at least 10 whole system design studies.
  • Innovation accelerator fund. This will commercialise smart local energy system products and services, and engage with the best international research and innovation opportunities.
  • Research and integration services. A world-leading, interdisciplinary research programme will be commissioned which will provide coordination and technical support to demonstration and design projects.

Eligibility Criteria TBA

Grants from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund TBA


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Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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