IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies, Spring 2021

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £40 million for grants to improve the energy efficiency of industrial processes, reducing energy bills and cutting carbon emissions. This competition aims to support the commercial roll out and permanent installation of technologies at industrial sites. Interested? Feel free to contact us.


Competition closes: 14 July 2021, 11am

Applicants notified: 30 November 2021


Eligible technologies must have been proven to work through successful operations or be qualified through test and demonstration. This corresponds to Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) of 8, 9 and above.

Examples of eligible technologies include:

  • monitoring and management equipment that improves the efficiency of processes
  • more efficient heat exchange
  • more efficient driers
  • energy recovery from waste heat
  • energy recovery from waste pressure
  • onsite resource efficiency measures to reduce wastage and optimise use of raw materials
  • more efficient refrigeration or other cooling or heating measures necessary to create and maintain the operational temperature of the industrial process itself (including cooling technologies for data centres).
  • fuel switching is permitted where it is essential to achieving energy efficiency improvements. Fuel switching must comply with eligibility criteria detailed in the supplementary Technological Scope for Energy Efficiency Studies and Deployment Projects guidance.

Projects that will not be funded:

  • technologies that are not proven to work through successful operations or are not qualified through test and demonstration
  • repair and maintenance projects that would be undertaken in the normal course of business
  • feasibility or engineering studies for energy efficiency solutions
  • plant closure projects
  • new build plant or expansions
  • energy efficiency measures that are not integral to the industrial process, including: building lighting; space heating and cooling for buildings where not integral to the industrial process; on or off-site transport
  • electricity generation, including the installation of new renewable projects like solar panels or wind turbines
  • fuel switching that does not achieve energy efficiency improvements.
  • combined heat and power (CHP) upgrades to existing plants.

Further guidance is available here on projects that will/will not be funded: Technological Scope for Energy Efficiency Studies and Deployment Projects guidance

A portfolio of projects across geographical areas; technologies; sectors, organisation and project sizes will be funded.


  • Your business must have one of the following SIC codes: manufacturing SIC 10 (000) through to SIC 33 (200) or data centres SIC 63 (110)
  • Projects must be led by a registered business of any size and carry out the project work at a site in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
  • You can collaborate with other organisations that are registered in, and carry out the project work in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
  • You can include multiple projects within your application, but they must be located at the same eligible site and individual elements must be eligible
  • Subcontractors, preferably UK-based, with costs justified and appropriate to the eligible project costs can be employed. For overseas subcontractors, a case must be made why no UK-based subcontractor can be used.
  • Subsidy Control, and, for NI based activities EC State Aid, rules apply.

Funding Rates:

  • Minimum total grant funding of £100,000 to a maximum of £14Mn
Organisation size Assisted Area A Assisted Area C Other areas
Micro/small business 65% 55% 50%
Medium sized business 55% 45% 40%
Large business 45% 35% 30%


Research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs.


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