From June 15th to June 23rd, in collaboration with Innovate UK and London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV) successfully organised Energy Catalyst Round 8 in Vietnam via B2Match platform.

(Innovate UK is a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. They fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into research and development).

About Energy Catalyst programme

Energy Catalyst programme aims to support businesses to develop innovative, sustainable energy technologies and business models to accelerate the clean energy transition in developing and emerging economies. A key focus is to address the clean energy access challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa and South/South East Asia.

Energy Catalyst is currently funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Department for International Development (DfID) as part of their Transforming Energy Access programme who have invested more than £60m.

 

Energy Catalyst Round 8 in Vietnam

The First Half of the Program included five webinars by high-profile speakers in the local Energy Industry providing attendees with interesting insights about current energy situation in Vietnam:

– Energy Access situation in Vietnam by Mr. Nguyen Anh Dung (EVN PECC3)

– Government Policies and Priorities by Mr. Gavin Smith (Clean Energy Advisor)

– Doing Business in Vietnam by Mr. Peter Rimmer (BBGV)

– Off-grid communities and last-mile provision by Ms. Nguy Thi Khanh (Green ID)

– Renewable Energy opportunities & challenges by Ms. Nguyen Van Anh (Energy Specialist)

During the Second Half of the Program, online B2B meetings were organised to promote UK-Vietnam collaborations not only to apply for the Energy Catalyst Round 8 funding but also to partner in the energy industry in general.

From the UK side, organisations are interested in applying for Energy Catalyst Round 8. They are working within technology that addresses all three areas of the energy trilemma and aiming to increase energy access in the region. They also fall into one of the categories: UK-based micro or SME business, research technology organisation, or academic organisation.

On the other side, the Vietnamese counterparts include Energy companies being diverse in sizes and scopes of business. They offered valuable insights and expertise of the local Energy Industry greatly benefiting their potential UK partners. Besides, many Vietnamese universities, research organisations, and NGOs undoubtedly contributed further to well-rounded meeting sessions.

It has been BBGV’s honour to receive great interest from UK organisations and their potential partners in Vietnam. It is our sincere hope that fruitful partnerships will be established after such interesting discussions and that Energy Catalyst applications to improve Vietnam’s energy access will be submitted as a result. We look forward to receiving everyone again at BBGV’s future events. 

Update: Energy Catalyst round 8 has started receiving applications. 

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia. For more information:

https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/612/overview

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