BRIGHT sparks can tap into £36m funding to make their ideas reality thanks to the Energy Innovation Centre in Ellesmere Port.
The centre will help innovators access the funding for bright ideas for the electricity and gas market in 2013.
A variety of funding can be accessed via the centre and investments will continue to be selected by the UK’s leading gas and electricity networks.
The energy networks are searching for new technologies to enhance the way power is transported, monitored and stored.
The Energy Innovation Centre matches innovators with the energy networks and helps with submissions for funding through Ofgem’s Innovation Funding Incentive scheme, the Low Carbon Networks Fund and the Network Innovation Stimulus Programme.
Last February, the centre announced access to £29.2m of funding for projects involving new services and technologies.
Denise Massey, managing director of the Energy Innovation Centre, said: “Last year we increased the number of investments significantly and we have helped accelerate a number of innovative ideas to market. We’re delighted that this year we can open up this wonderful opportunity to innovators and pioneers with ideas for the gas industry as well.
“We’ve just moved into bigger and better premises and have seen the gas industry join us as stakeholders.
“We are now the single point of contact for innovative SMEs to engage with major companies in the energy industry as we work towards more sustainable technologies and a low carbon future.”
Since its launch in 2008, the centre has provided business support to more than 400 SMEs, start-ups and inventors from the UK and internationally.
“The centre is currently working with more than 100 innovators and organisations with an exciting investment pipeline in place for 2013.