The Energy Catalyst is open to any energy technology from any sector. However, to be in scope for round 6 your project must successfully consider the following 3 areas:
The energy ‘trilemma’
Your proposal must tackle all 3 areas of the energy 'trilemma' of:
- security of supply and energy access
Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme
Your project must align with the TEA programme’s priorities. These are to speed up access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households and enterprises in Sub-Saharan-Africa or South Asia. It must do this by supporting the development, testing and/or scale up of innovative technologies and business models.
We are prioritising in-country activities with measurable, scalable and local impacts.
Your application must take into account gender equality and social inclusion issues. You must:
- identify the main beneficiaries
- describe how you will mitigate any negative effects
- provide a plan of how to address both gender and social inclusion during the life of your project
Any type of innovative bioenergy technology which meets needs in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia is in scope.
£3 million of funding is specifically reserved for transformative bioenergy technology in electricity and/or heat applications between 10kW and 5MW. This is part of the Bioenergy for Sustainable Local Energy Services and Energy Access in Africa programme.
Your project can focus on, for example:
- low cost anaerobic digestion or gasification
- technology modification and adaptation studies for different feedstocks and environments
- innovative sub-system or component technologies within bioenergy systems
- new business or dissemination and uptake models
Your project must address the needs of one or more of the following countries:
East Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda
West Africa: Ghana, Nigeria
Southern Africa: Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia
Projects must be transformative with potential to scale. We will not fund projects that only install or deploy large numbers of duplicate units or build large kilowatts of plant capacity.