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TSB Funding Call: "Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Sensing"

Date added: Thursday 6th September 2012

The Technology Strategy Board is launching a collaborative R&D feasibility and demonstrator competition with up to £1m to invest in projects using low-power energy harvesting technologies for autonomous sensing.

This initiative will help companies explore the opportunities created by energy harvesting to extend the life of batteries in devices or to eliminate the need for batteries altogether.

Potential applications extend across many industry sectors and commercial activities, such as space, marine, automotive, aerospace, environmental monitoring, subterranean and subsea, harsh and hostile environments and even battlefields.

Closer to home they could be found in building and home automation, process monitoring in manufacturing, condition monitoring of machines and infrastructure with embedded devices, medical devices and consumer electronics. These feasibility and demonstration projects must be undertaken by a consortium of at least two partners. One of these can be an academic institution but the project must be led by a business, which can be of any size. Projects are expected to last six to 18 months and can attract public funding of up to 75%, with a maximum grant of £100k for an individual project.

This is a single stage competition. It opens on 8 October 2012 and the deadline for receiving applications is noon on 5 December 2012. A briefing day for potential applicants will be held on 23 October 2012.

Further Information: http://www.innovateuk.org/content/competition/energy-harvesting-for-autonomous-sensing.ashx

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