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Government’s clean energy drive invests £35 million in innovative projects

July 5th, 2017

Speaking at the Rushlight Summer Showcase, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Claire Perry announced funding for 2 innovative clean energy projects which will create local investment opportunities across the country.



Rushlight, a leading provider of clean technology events in the UK, hosts the Summer Showcase which is sponsored by BEIS and Innovate UK. At the event, Claire Perry announced that £35 million funding, from the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, will go towards smart heating systems and innovation in using hydrogen as a potential heat source.



As a recipient of grant funding from BEIS, the Minister was introduced to Naked Energy at the event.  Company Directors, Christophe Williams and Nicholas Simmons were able to highlight the progress made with the BEIS support and also provide deeper understanding of the breakthrough design of Virtu.

Under the new investment, £10 million will sponsor the second phase of work by the Energy Systems Catapult on its Smart Systems and Heat Programme. The programme will help develop local energy plans alongside Local Authorities, and bring down the cost of energy bills, while supporting the development of the UK’s low carbon heating projects.

A further £25 million will be invested in potential uses of hydrogen gas for heating, testing the possibility of domestic gas pipes for hydrogen and developing a range of innovative hydrogen appliances such as boilers and cookers.

Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Claire Perry said:

“The UK government is committed to leading the world in delivering clean energy technology and today’s investment shows that we are prepared to support innovation in this critical area.

Our aim is for the UK to be a global leader in innovation, science and research and our Industrial Strategy will help us to deliver our ambitious CO2 reduction targets while, creating jobs and opportunities for people across the country.”

This investment follows the government’s commitment to double energy innovation investments set out in the Industrial Strategy green paper, to £400 million per year by 2021.

“Disruptive Market Innovation”

May 29th, 2017


‘Disruptive Market Innovation’ the category assigned to Naked Energy’s solar product Virtu, in the latest briefing paper by the Grantham Institute and Imperial College.



Our mission remains to disrupt the $185BN combined solar thermal market and PV market and address the global heating and cooling demand that accounts for half the world’s energy consumption. Virtu is now in trials and getting closer to market. Unlike legacy hybrid (PVT ) products, Virtu can deliver high grade heat (50-90degC) which enables it to unlock the global heating and cooling market and go head to head with premium solar thermal products.


“All things smart”

May 17th, 2017

Naked Energy have been selected and sponsored by the Cleantech Group to present today at their Helsinki Cleantech Forum.  The company is pitching to specialist cleantech investors for growth funding to support the commercialisation of Virtu.





“Much of today’s industrial landscape would look familiar to a 1967 industrial executive.


Equipment has modernized, designs and reliability have improved, but how we power, make, move and do things –on the physical face of it, at least – have not radically changed. Fossil fuels still form over 75% of the global energy mix, EVs represent less than 1% of new sales of passenger vehicles, and GE remains the general industrial behemoth of the world and only surviving company of the Dow Jones 30.


Yet, changes are clearly underway and momentum is increasing – with potential to dramatically accelerate in the 2020s – as we continue the transition from a 20th century global industrial order to a 21st century one.


The single biggest change our 1967 executive would be amazed by would surely be the power and ubiquity of information and communication technologies. Finland’s Nokia, albeit ultimately the victim of the power of creative destruction, was a key player in the rise of mobile telephony, within the wider rise of the Internet and all things “smart” from the 1990s onwards.


2017 is a special year for Finland, its 100th anniversary as an independent nation. In deference to the host of our 2017 Cleantech Forum Europe, this year’s theme is Early Signs of the Next 100 Years: Charting the great, smart industrial transition.


Through plenaries, parallel tracks, and our small and informal interactive side sessions, we will go in search of all things smart (assessing how we power, make and move things), and identify the building blocks and enablers of the next 100 years. While no serious attempt can be made to imagine the full 100 years ahead, we are all interested in how the first 1-2 decades may pan out on that transitional journey towards a total and quite radical shake-up of the 1967 industrial landscape.


P.S. Why 1967?  It was Finland’s 50th anniversary, but it was also the year that three independently-operating, albeit jointly-owned, companies came together to form Nokia Corporation to focus on four markets: paper, electronics, rubber, and cable.”

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