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The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA)

Strengthening the global competitiveness of British industry through investment in innovation

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Do you have an energy reduction technology concept that is ready to be demonstrated in industry?

Are you from a forward-thinking industrial site that could be interested in demonstrating an innovative new technology that will reduce your energy costs?

If the answer to either of these is yes, then the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) could help you.

The application deadline is fast approaching. Make sure you submit your ideas before 31st August 2018


Apply here

The Carbon Trust has launched an Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA), funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The IEEA is a funding programme designed to support partnerships between developers of energy efficient technologies and industrial companies willing to test technologies on-site. The programme is open to projects from all UK industry sectors that can demonstrate either a novel technology (targeting Technology Readiness Level 5-8), or the use of an established technology in a novel way.

Being involved in the BEIS IEEA will allow promising innovators to demonstrate their technology in an operational environment and increase confidence from potential users. The BEIS IEEA also provides forward-looking industrial companies with an opportunity to implement pioneering technologies with decreased risk and capital cost. 

A total of £9.2m in funding will be available through the programme, primarily for funding demonstration projects1. Successful applicants should expect to receive between 40-60% of required funding for their project, with IEEA contributions typically between £150,000 and £1,000,000 per project – the remainder to be provided by the applicant. There is scope for a small number of exceptional projects to receive more than £1,000,000. 

Where appropriate, innovators will also receive project de-risking and incubation support to help them deploy successful projects, build a sales pipeline, hone their sales message and raise finance.

Are you eligible to apply?

Industrial companies with UK sites, UK universities, or joint consortia may apply for a grant, where technology developers and industrial companies are encouraged to apply to the competition with a combined submission (can be more than 2 parties). It is possible for a company to apply individually; however, it is anticipated that most of the projects will be delivered through a partnership.

Eligibility

 

What types of projects may be eligible?

Projects from all industrial and manufacturing sectors will be considered so long as:

  • The technology is novel2

or

  • The project aims to use commercial technology in a novel way2

and

  • The result of the project will be a reduction in (or avoidance of) energy use and/carbon emissions

 

Types of projects that will not be eligible:

  • Buildings technologies
  • On-grid electricity generation technologies and water utilities
  • On-site renewables3
  • Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)
  • Big data / analytics (except for process optimisation)
  • Local authority projects (but note that local authorities can propose a UK site for technology implementation)

 

Other key requirements for eligibility:

  • Co-financing must have been secured (which can include in-kind contributions4)
  • There is strong energy and CO2 reduction potential
  • Project must have an agreed demonstration site in the UK (but the industrial company could be headquartered elsewhere)
  • All parties must accept BEIS’ Terms & Conditions (PDF)
  • The project demonstrates value for money
  • A deliverable of the scheme will be the public release of a case study for each project – you will need to ensure that all parties agree to providing project information (e.g. performance data and deployment success / failure)

 

How much funding might I be eligible for?

The funding eligibility is calculated based on compliance with EU State Aid Legislation, dependent on the size of enterprise and the type of project to be completed. It is anticipated that projects will be awarded from £150,000 to £1 million, but there is scope for smaller or larger projects also.

Maximum state aid funding intensities are shown below, but note that these amounts are not guaranteed and the actual amount offered will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

 

EU State Aid Guidance

Small Enterprise

Medium Enterprise

Large Enterprise

Industrial Research5

70%

60%

50%

Industrial Research with collaboration uplift

80%

75%

65%

Experimental Development6

45%

35%

25%

Experimental Development with collaboration uplift

60%

50%

40%

The intention of the programme is to help developers and industrial partners to overcome the barriers to demonstration of potentially viable projects, predominantly through the provision of funding. To apply for a grant from the IEEA, the project should be at least at Technology Realisation Level (TRL) 5 before the contract is awarded, with a formalised plan in place to move the technology towards commercialisation via demonstration.

Scope of the programme

Project process flow including potential barriers

Project process flow

Timeline

Competition dates: October 2017 –  31 August 2018

Applications can be submitted from October 2017 and will be reviewed periodically every two months as per the deadlines above, or until funding exhausted.  Note that your technology must be ready to be trialled in a demonstration when you apply.

The intention is that the Carbon Trust acts as a collaborative supporting mechanism whereby potential partners can get in touch to get information and advice on how to proceed. The application must be completed by the lead competition applicant.

Applications for funding through the BEIS IEEA should be made on a collaborative basis. You may be in a position where you have a technology ready, but have not yet identified an industrial partner, or you may be an industrial company seeking an innovator to solve a process problem.

Find a partner:

The Carbon Trust recognise that finding a partner alone could be a challenge, and as such have set up a service for finding potential technology partners:

List of Technology Providers

Applicants should ensure up-front that all parties in a partnership or group are agreed with regards to intellectual property and physical assets following project completion.

 

Apply for the Competition

Industrial companies with UK sites, technology developers, equipment suppliers, UK universities and research institutes, or joint consortia may apply for a grant. Technology developers and industrial companies will need to apply to the competition with a combined submission (this can be more than two parties). It is possible for a company to apply individually; however, it is anticipated that most of the projects will be delivered through a partnership.

The application process is currently open and runs until 31st August 2018. It seeks to engage with technology developers looking to demonstrate near-commercial innovations and access incubation support.

 

Apply here

Find a partner

The Carbon Trust recognise that finding a partner alone could be a challenge, and as such have set up a service for finding potential technology partners:

List of Technology Providers

Applicants should ensure up-front that all parties in a partnership or group are agreed with regards to intellectual property and physical assets following project completion.

Apply here

Find out more

View the introductory slides which provide an introduction and overview of the IEEA, including key considerations for potential applicants such as the competition schedule, application process and eligibility criteria.

Download introductory slides (PDF)

Submit your idea

Please submit technology and/or project ideas for consideration using the link below. Your submission is neither an application, nor a prerequisite for applications to funding under this programme, and can be completed by both technology innovators and industrial companies. Your submission will be used to preliminarily assess the eligibility of the technology or project, and for the programme team to advise on future project applications. We will support with matching suitable technology ideas to potential industrial partners to facilitate full project applications during the competition window.

Submit your technology or project idea

Frequently asked questions

Do we have to submit a full application from the beginning?

No, you can test the project with us and we will provide guidance.

Can the consortium have more than two partners involved?

Yes.

If I apply now do I have to wait till the end of the application window to hear back?

No, we will evaluate projects in batches and provide responses within 4 weeks of receipt.

When do we receive initial funding?

Funds from BEIS will flow to successful project in line with the project plan and milestones as stipulated by the applicant.

Will funds still be available up until the 31 August 2018 deadline?

We advise applicants to apply as soon as they are ready, and not to wait until the deadline of 31 August 2018 as there is a finite amount of funding available.  Applications will be reviewed periodically every two months or until funding is exhausted.

Must the technology be ready to install?

Yes, but if it is not yet ready you can wait until that is the case and then apply if there is funding remaining.

Funded by

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Led by

Carbon Trust

Partners

Jacobs    Amec Foster Wheeler

Supported by

Innovate UK  

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