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Energy Catalyst

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A Winton teatime discussion hosted by Michael Priestnall, Lead Technologist – Energy Catalyst at Innovate UK.

Abstract: “Energy Catalyst” is a competition for grant-funding aimed at accelerating the best of UK energy innovation (from academia & business) to commercialisation. The competition is run twice-yearly by Innovate UK and projects can be proposed and led by universities and spin-outs. It is co-funded by Innovate UK, EPSRC , DECC and DFID . Almost £50m in grants has been committed to ~100 projects since 2014. The scope, rules and future direction of Energy Catalyst will be outlined and illustrated with some examples. (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/innovation-grants-for-business-apply-for-funding)

Bio: Michael Priestnall is Lead Technologist in Energy for Innovate UK, which deploys an annual budget around £0.5bn to support UK industrial technology innovation. Previously, Michael was a founder of three Cambridge energy venture companies, taking one to a listing on AIM , and also led Energy Consulting at Sagentia. Michael held an EPSRC Energy Research Fellowship at Cambridge (Materials) and was a British Gas Research Scholar in ceramic fuel cells at Imperial College.

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