Climate Innovation Platform launches second Low Carbon Energy Solutions Innovator Challenge



The Climate Innovation Platform (CIP) has launched a round of applications for the second Low Carbon Energy Solutions Innovator Challenge, a program designed for small and medium-sized business innovators developing low-carbon energy solutions.

The CIP Low Carbon Energy Solutions Innovator Challenge, offered by the University of Birmingham (UoB) in partnership with Energy Systems Catapult (ESC), offers successful applicants individual support packages for the commercialization of innovative energy products and services.

With the support of HSBC UK and the European Regional Development Fund, applications are accepted from companies registered in the UK, and especially those who can take advantage of the climate innovation incubator based at Tyseley Energy Park (TEP) in Birmingham. Those selected to participate in the second CIP Low Carbon Energy Solutions Innovator Challenge will gain access to several related opportunities:

  • Support collaboration with business through the Birmingham Energy Institute’s ATETA program and the Energy Launchpad ESC incubation program.
  • Project management is an incubator and incubation space at Tyseley Energy Park, home to the Birmingham Energy Innovation Center (pictured) and the Energy Transition Center, as well as the UK’s first low and zero carbon refueling station and the UK’s largest green refueling plant.
  • Access to a range of commercialization support activities, including financial planning, start-up mentoring, access to supply chain partner networks, market research, IP strategies, collaborative activities, regulatory and standards advice, grant writing and application development, and investor readiness and introduction.
  • Opportunity to apply for the WWF / WRI and HSBC climate solutions partnership. The goal of this year’s global program is to promote systemic change in the textile sector by collaborating with the Clothing Institute for the Decarbonization Industry, giving companies the opportunity to change their supply chains by increasing consumption of natural solutions and alternative fuels.

The Partnership on Climate Solutions (CSP) is an initiative to make climate solutions a commercial reality, and the CSP is a partnership led by HSBC, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF. SMEs that are successful in their CSP applications will receive mentoring and liaison with universities, research institutes, incubators and accelerators to help further their innovation.

Professor Martin Freer, director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and accelerator of energy research said:We are excited to begin recruiting for our second cohort of climate innovation platforms. We are already working with 13 excellent companies from the first cohort, and it will be a pleasure to attract more SMEs to the program and support them as they research, test and develop their innovations.

Paul Jordan, head of the Energy Launchpad business at Energy Systems Catapult said: One of the biggest challenges to achieving the UK’s climate change goals is to build integrated energy systems, supply low-carbon places and supply chains in which people can live and work. This year’s program will build on the progress of the first year to help realize Net Zero’s decarbonisation goals in the various transit markets.

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About Energy Systems Catapult

Energy Systems Catapult was created to accelerate the transformation of the UK energy system and provide British businesses and consumers with opportunities for clean growth.

Catapult is an independent, non-profit hub of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We look at the energy sector as a whole, which helps us identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.

We have about 200 employees based in Birmingham and Derby with a variety of technical, commercial and political experience. We work with innovators from companies of all sizes to develop, test and scale their ideas. We are also working with industry, academia and government to overcome the systemic barriers of the current energy market to help unleash the potential of new products, services and value chains needed to achieve the UK’s net growth ambitions set out in the industrial strategy.

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