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Funding projects to make energy assets last longer

To accelerate sustainable growth in the Scottish energy sector, we are inviting grant applications for £50,000 to £1 million for capital expenditure projects that keep energy assets and materials in high-value use for as long as possible.

This funding is being offered as part of the £18m Circular Economy Investment Fund, which comprises support from the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

Types of project which could be eligible for funding

We are supporting the energy sector (oil and gas, renewables and utilities) to rethink how it uses assets at all lifecycle stages and invite applications which may demonstrate:

  • Innovative approaches to energy infrastructure design, operation and decommissioning
  • Servicing and repair, re-use and remanufacturing of energy assets 
  • New business models used to provide end-users with energy services (focusing on retained asset ownership, asset lifetime maximisation, and reuse & remanufacturing of assets)
  • Technological projects which can help unlock new circular economy approaches to working.

Examples of projects we could fund in each of these three areas include:

Oil and gas 

  • Re-use of oil and gas platform steel in other sectors, such as construction.
  • Design for multiple uses e.g. developing oil and gas infrastructure to be “plug & play” designed to move from one well to the next, rather than being deployed for one use.
  • Reconditioning, re-certifying and reusing highly-standardised components from platforms into new installations (e.g. valves, subsea flexible piping).
  • Repurposing of modular accommodation blocks from platforms for temporary accommodation, office blocks or disaster relief solutions. 

Renewables 

  • Innovative wind turbine blade reprocessing. Some examples of this already exist in other countries including converting blades into playgrounds, for use in motorway sound proofing, or as a raw material in construction projects. 
  • Developing a wind turbine remanufacturing hub where old wind turbines blades could be remanufactured for re-use, or repurposed into other products. 
  • Digital monitoring, maintenance (potentially leasing) and remanufacturing of wind turbine components. 

Wider energy and utilities

  • Servitisation of heating systems. This allows the manufacturer to retain ownership and maximise longevity by replacing components over time. At end of life, the product is returned to the manufacturer for components to be re-used or recycled in the next generation of heating systems. 
  • Network operators retaining ownership of their overhead transmission and distribution line materials at end-of-life, and having the material reprocessed into new equipment for their subsequent use. 

We invite proposals from: 

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and SME-led consortia, with projects enabling solutions and business models that improve the longevity and lifecycle-costs of energy assets. 

The funding is aimed at commercialisation projects through commercial-scale trial projects. 

Attend an event: 

We are hosting two dedicated events to allow businesses to find out more about funding available: 

*Please email scott.bryant@zerowastescotland.org.uk to register for Aberdeen event. 

 

How to apply 

Please complete the outline project proposal form by Monday 4th December. Please contact Scott Bryant, Sector Manager for Energy Infrastructure, for more information and an application form scott.bryant@zerowastescotland.org.uk  or by phone on 07515 598 305. 

If your proposal is successful, you will be invited to submit a full application. 

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