Climate Innovation Platform

The commercialisation of energy technologies and services is vital for the success of our Government’s commitment to achieve Net Zero by 2050. Yet many businesses do not have access to the support services needed to research, test and grow their innovations.

The University of Birmingham in partnership with the Energy Systems Catapult, is looking for businesses committed to driving energy technology innovation to join the Climate Innovation Platform (CIP).

Supported by HSBC UK and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), CIP offers businesses a package of tailored support to drive the commercialisation of innovative energy products and services.

Second Low Carbon Energy Solutions Innovator Challenge launched 

The application round for the second Low Carbon Energy Solutions Innovator Challenge is now open and will close on Friday 29 April.

Ideal SMEs responding to this challenge will be seeking to enter or are active across the energy system, using technology to deliver new business models or solutions in an innovative way.

We recognise that innovations come from across all sectors of society, the programme actively welcomes applications which will help deliver an energy sector which is truly representative of the UK’s culturally diverse range of skills and innovators. 

CIP has launched the application round for the second Low Carbon Energy Solutions Innovator Challenge

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Application Considerations

Applications are welcomed from businesses registered in the UK, and particularly those who can take advantage of the Climate Innovation Incubator based at Tyseley Energy Park (TEP), in Birmingham. 

This challenge call will focus on:

  • Innovative low carbon generation or infrastructure technologies into the built environment.
  • Low carbon heating and/or cooling innovations for the built environment.
  • Leveraging end user, infrastructure and network data to create new digital platforms, services and business models that accelerate the transition to net zero.
  • Energy storage Innovations
  • Innovative Energy from Waste.
  • Innovative hydrogen generation solutions for deployment in the transport sector.
  • Infrastructure innovations which accelerate the adoption of electric vehicle use.
  • Energy storage and smart local energy systems innovations for network optimisation.
  • Enabling active, interoperable control systems that delivers more efficient and flexible operation of the local energy system and networks.
  • Innovations to decarbonise the textile sector, of particular interest would be natural solutions to decarbonise the product supply chains and unique renewable energy sources

We are looking for innovations that unlock potential, effecting all demand side vectors and supply side technologies.  These products and services will aim to maximising all stakeholder’s commercial value whilst, accelerating their adoption.

Innovator Challenge Benefits 

Those selected for the second CIP Low Carbon Energy Solutions Innovator Challenge will have access to several linked opportunities:

Access to funding and supply chain networks 

Support in identifying grant funding opportunities and routes into investor networks as well the opportunity to gain access to supply chain partners to support the development of scalable market entry demonstrators.


Access to business engagement support through University of Birmingham’s ATETA programme. This programme, designed to help SMEs improve efficiency and test new ideas, offers access to research expertise and facilities as well as research and technical support from Knowledge Exchange Fellows.

Business development

Access to a range of business development support, including financial planning, start-up mentoring, market research expertise, IP protection expertise, advice on regulation and standards, grant writing and bid development, and investor readiness and introductions.

Dedicated support team

A dedicated commercialisation team led by an Incubation Manager that will act as your direct point of contact for CIP services.

Energy Launchpad

Tailored incubation and acceleration support from the Energy Systems Catapult to help address systemic barriers, de-risk innovation, help businesses scale and secure investment.

HSBC's Climate Solution Partnership 

The opportunity to apply into WWF/WRI and HSBC’s Climate Solutions Partnership, the challenge for this year’s global programme being to facilitate systemic change, across the Textile sector, working with the Apparel Institute to decarbonise the industry, providing companies with the ability to shift their supply chains increasing the uptake of natural solutions and alternative fuel sources. 


A select number of businesses from the CIP programme will go on to participate in HSBC’s global Climate Solutions Partnership innovation accelerator, powered by WWF’s Impactio platform, which will help further scale climate solutions, supporting business innovations in partnership with leading universities, research institutes, incubators and accelerators.

Incubation space

CIP offered shared workshop areas or a virtual presence at Tyseley Energy Park (TEP). Located in the heart of Birmingham, TEP is a home to the Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre and Energy Transition Centre and the UK’s first low and zero carbon refuelling station as well as the UK’s largest green hydrogen refuelling facility. Businesses based at TEP will also have access to secure and renewable power.  


You will be invited to a programme of workshops and seminars to support the growth of your business.

Market insights

The CIP team will work with you to identify and initiate new market opportunities, providing you with marketing insights and assessments into your industry. 

Manufacturing support

THE CIP programme is able to offer manufacturing support including energy technology R&D, prototyping and access to a platform to test and demonstrate innovative ideas. 

To find out how the Climate Innovation Platform can support your businesses, please contact

Cohort One

In November 2021, CIP welcomed its first cohort of 13 SME’s focussed on driving energy technology innovation onto the programme.


connected response logo

Connected Response’s mission is to use their HeatSage retrofit technology to release the 1.5m households with electric storage and water heating from the shackles of Economy 7-type tariff night-time charging and associated fuel poverty. 

Demand Logic Logo

Demand Logic is a Building Analytics platform which provides actionable insight to reduce carbon emissions, increase Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and improve maintenance in buildings.

Everimpact logo

Everimpact have developed an IoT software that combines satellite, ground sensors, and AI data to establish clients’ carbon footprint and are a provider of real-time measures of CO2 emissions at asset and territory level. 

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Faraday Battery Limited is a young SME, manufacturing battery packs at 0.1 MW to 1 MW scale for critical transport markets including electric trains, electric buses, and electric aircrafts. 

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The Veritherm Testing solution is a method for assessing the thermal performance of homes, offering an accessible service to measure real-world building performance, with minimal disruption.



Nomad Energy Solutions logo

Nomad is a technology-based service provider offering deep insights into building behaviour and gathering real time data to enable precision performance analytics and control.

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PyTerra is developing a blockchain-backed platform which trades ESG tokens across multiple parties to raise low carbon project funding.

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Steamology deliver scalable and modular solutions for industrial steam heat and power, embracing the hydrogen economy, eliminating emissions and replacing fossil fuels and fossil fuel engines.

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Sygensys is developing patented technology to enhance the performance of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology improving grid resilience. 



Data Catalyst delivers Smart Data as a Service - simply, and securely. Founded in 2020, their USP is to take the lessons of Open Banking and apply them to smarten-up shared data across sectors. 

Energineering logo

The MECHAPRES venture team are developing of a first-of-a-kind multi-energy-vector technology, endorsed by the International Energy Association as a subcategory of thermo-mechanical storage. Find out more on the Energineering website. 

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Voltempo creates rapid electric vehicle charging solutions for trucks, buses, cars and vans by installing a single megawatt site-wide charger, that can then charge between five and fifty vehicles simultaneously.

Fintricity logo

Kendra Labs, a subsidiary of Fintricity Ltd is a cloud native data and AI platform company providing an enterprise grade data layer for enterprises. 


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