Decc urges small firms to bid for energy efficient tech funding

Oxford PV was one of the funding winners in the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund third round
Oxford PV’s co-founder and chief scientist Henry Snaith

The winners were announced as Decc launched the next phase of the programme, urging companies developing low carbon energy projects in generation, efficiency and storage to bid for a share of $5m in the fourth funding round. Up to half of the money has been earmarked for carbon capture and storage projects.

The biggest grants announced today went to microchip firm Samad Power and grid-scale battery developer Cumulus (£800,000 each).

Nottingham-based Sasie will use its £590,000 grant to further develop complete sustainable energy systems for large multiple occupancy buildings, including heat and power generation, storage, metering and monitoring.

Oxford PV has been awarded £669,000 in the third round. It has developed thin-film solar cells which can be printed directly onto office windows to produce a transparent, coloured coating. The firm claims its technology is cost effective and can provide a “significant percentage” of a building’s power requirement, making buildings “their own power stations”.

Oxford PV founder and CEO Kevin Arthur said the extra funding will be used to  “recruit more scientists and engineers and invest in advanced capital equipment in the UK that will allow us to compete with global developers and bring optimised perovskite solar cells towards a goal of more than 20 per cent efficiency ahead of our competition.”

See the full list of third round winners below.

Grant recipient Grant awarded Location
Aerogenerator Project Limited £542,000 Sudbury
Agility Eco Services Limited £388,887 Surrey
Agility Global Limited £548,483 London
Bowman Power Group £690,967 Southampton
CCm Research Limited £296,258 Oxfordshire
Chimney Sheep Limited £37,215 Cockermouth
Cumulus Limited £800,000 Rotherham
Frigesco Limited £93,977 Devon
Green Fuels Research £799,673 Cheltenham
Heatcatcher Limited £240,000 Falmer
Open Utility £310,000 London
Oxford Photovoltaics Limited £668,976 Oxfordshire
Oxsensis Limited £504,264 Oxfordshire
Recycling Technologies Limited £695,004 Swindon
Samad Power Limited £800,000 Milton Keynes
SASIE Limited £590,171 Nottingham
Sharp Laboratories Europe Limited £248,789 Oxfordshire
Vantage Power Limited £348,450 Greenford
Ventive Limited £340,000 London


More info on the fourth round funding here.

Expressions of interest are required by 1700 on 19 December 2014 and the deadline for applications is noon on 26 January 2015.


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