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especially between different sectors

such as device developers,

academia and suppliers. It supports supply chain development

and forms expert working

groups/special interest groups

to focus effort in key areas.

Membership is open to SMEs

and others.

EG&S - NUCLEAR

https://connect.innovateuk.org/

web/nuclear

EG&S - WAVE & TIDAL

https://connect.innovateuk.org/

web/wave-and-tidal

EG&S - OFFSHORE WIND

https://connect.innovateuk.org/

web/offshore-wind

EG&S - OIL & GAS

https://connect.innovateuk.org/

web/maximising-oil-and-gasresources

SUPERGEN SOLAR HUB

This is a 5-year project to create

the UK's first standards lab for

solar cells. It involves a research

programme to improve the efficiency of next

generation photovoltaic devices and the Hub also

plans a training programme for

the Photovoltaic research sector

and the formation of an inclusive

solar community that links

research carried out in universities and industry.

The project is funded by the

Engineering and Physical

Sciences Research Council-led

RCUK energy programme.

Involved are Loughborough

University's Centre for

Renewable Energy Systems

Technology (CREST), the

Universities of Bath, Liverpool,

Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton,

Cambridge and Imperial College

along with the EG&S KTN.

https://connect.innovateuk.org/

web/supersolar-hub

GREEN INVESTMENT BANK

The Green Investment Bank is

the first bank of its type in the

world. It was created by the UK

Government, its sole

Shareholder, and capitalised

with an initial £3.8 billion of public funds. It uses this finance to

back green projects on commercial

terms and mobilise other

private sector capital into the

UK's green economy. Launched

in 2012, the GIB had committed

when we went to Press £1.3 billion into

28 green energy projects, with an extra

£3.5bn committed

from private investors.

This included investment in five

large offshore wind farms, such

as London Array, currently the

largest project of its kind in the

world. It launched in July 2014 a

£1bn offshore wind fund to

boost investment in that sector.

www.greeninvestmentbank.com

BRITISH HYDROPOWER

ASSOCIATION

BHA is the only UK trade membership association that focuses

solely on the demands of the

hydropower sector. It campaigns

for hydropower in the UK, with

the objective of increasing the

awareness of hydropower, its

quality and scope, on a global

scale. BHA promotes hydropower,

or water power, as one of the

most reliable, predictable and

least environmentally intrusive of

all the renewable energy technologies.

www.british-hydro.org

WAVE AND TIDAL KTN

The aim of the Wave and Tidal

KTN is to accelerate the technical development of these technologies.

Activities include:

Workshops/round-table discussions; Networking events;

Dialogue with key external

stakeholder groups to improve

understanding and highlight

opportunities for collaboration;

Insights into new funding opportunities and key

developments

across the landscape; Support

for supply-chain development;

and Special interest groups.

https://connect.innovateuk.org/

web/offshore-wind

COALPRO

The Confederation of UK Coal

Producers (COALPRO) represents most of the UK deep and

surface coal producers. In 2013

COALPRO published 'A Strategy

for Coal in the UK - Managing

the transition to meeting a

decarbonised energy mix utilising coal with carbon capture

and storage.' It notes that the

UK's Fourth Carbon budget

assumes a significant role for

CCS for coal and gas in the

UK's 2030 energy mix.

www.coalpro.co.uk/documents/coal%20forum%202013

%20Coal%20strategy.pdf

DISTINCTIVE

This 4-year research programme

is focusing on key challenges of

nuclear decommissioning in the

UK. It combines the expertise of

The National Nuclear

Laboratory, NDA, Sellafield Ltd,

the Engineering & Physical

Sciences Research Council and

a consortium of UK universities

on 30 separate projects with

four themes: AGR, Magnox and

Exotic Spent Fuel; Plutonium

oxide and Fuel Residues;

Legacy Ponds and Silos Wastes;

and Infrastructure characterisation, restoration

and preservation. DISTINCTIVE

-

Decommissioning,

Immobilisation and Storage

soluTIons for NuClear wasTe

InVEntories - is an £8-9 million

initiative.

www.nda.gov.uk/2014/01/

collaborative-research-takes-distinctive-approach/

BRITISH PHOTOVOLTAIC

ASSOCIATION

The BPVA is the trade association of the UK solar photovoltaic

industry. It has five Working

Groups aimed at sharing knowledge and resources,

channelling

members' expertise, advising

key decision makers, market

development and coordinating

policy and lobbying activities.

http://bpva.org.uk

BSBEC

The BBSRC Sustainable

Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC) is

part of the Research Council's

energy programme, and is a

£24M investment in UK bioenergy research.

It brings together

six world class research groups,

12 universities and institutes,

and 14 leading industrial associates

who are supplying over £4

million support and help ensure

research outputs are translated

into practical applications as

quickly as possible.

www.bbsrc.ac.uk/research/biote

chnologybioenergy/bsbec/bsbec

-index.aspx

ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

INSTITUTE

The ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy

and engineering companies and

the UK Government. Its role is to

bring together engineering

projects that accelerate the

development of affordable,

secure and sustainable technologies. Among many areas

it

is involved in are: commercialisation of low carbon innovation;

Building supply chain capacity

and financier confidence;

Systems and technologies for

reducing cost; CCS system

demonstration; and Reducing

costs of offshore renewables.

To date it has run £66 million

of projects focussed on

technology.

www.eti.co.uk

Image from GTMA member CGTech

- playing its part in nuclear and

power generation sectors.

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