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TEA - Transforming Energy Access

Department for International Development



The Carbon Trust manages the Research Programme Delivery Consortium (RPDC) overseeing DFID’s Transforming Energy Access (TEA) Programme, to deliver applied research and innovation that will accelerate access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households and enterprises.


This research and innovation programme delivers new technologies and robust evidence on the critical barriers hampering systemic change and scaling up energy access, working with Southern researchers and entrepreneurs, to drive locally-relevant innovation and delivery. This will have a transformative impact on deploying renewable energy solutions in developing countries, especially in Africa.

The programme includes:

  1. A partnership with Shell Foundation, enabling support to 30+ early stage private sector innovations.

  2. Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst to stimulate technology innovation via open calls

  3. The creation of other strategic clean energy innovation partnerships including testing a new Energise Africa crowdfunding platform and exploring the role of early stage equity with Acumen’s Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative

  4. Skills and expertise development initiatives that can support building the skills and expertise required to achieve energy access scale-up and address national research and innovation capacity needs.

  5. Bio-energy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa. Seeking to unlock high potential markets for productive energy use in specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa through a combination of applied research and technology innovation.



Research call - Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) 

As part of the Bio-energy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa component, the Carbon Trust would like to provide notice of an upcoming research call that we shall be looking to launch later in the year. Please find the attached Prior Information Notice (PIN) in relation to this call (PDF).

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