The UK Technology Strategy Board has pledged close to £9million to support UK innovative businesses in the energy field.
The government funding is for investment in energy harvesting projects, for which £1.15million is allocated to ten businesses to develop feasibility studies for energy harvesting to explore ways to greatly extend the running life of batteries.
A further £6.2 million was allocated to eight businesses to develop the ‘internet of things’. These projects will develop smart applications across areas such as transport, energy and the built environment. They will consider how the technology of everyday life can be interlinked.
Energy efficient computing systems will be developed by nine businesses, given £1.25million, to look at innovative ways computers and electronic devices can consume less energy.