24/07/2008 - Harwell Science and Innovation Campus
Attendees at the seminar received a number of presentations from military & scientific communities and also from BAE Systems, ABSL Ltd and G3-Systems. Presentations focused on the challenges faced by the Armed Forces including alternative power sources, reducing the cost, solar panels, fuel cells and various logistic problems. Attendees were challenged to come up with innovative solutions to address some of the issues faced today, including new ideas and new approaches to aspects of defence capability, reducing the dependency on fossil fuels for future defence operations and also looking at sustainable supplies.
Similar to the maritime challenge, CDE announced that £300,000 would be prioritised for proposals that addressed the energy challenge. Proposals are to be submitted through the Centre for Defence Enterprise portal and all the energy proposals will be ringfenced and assessed on 30 September against each other for funding from the £300,000. Other non-energy proposals will continue to be assessed as part of normal CDE business. If we feel we do not have enough innovative proposals submitted by the named assessment date, we will reissue the challenges and run a further assessment date in the future. Decisions on the maritime proposals will be announced by the end of October 2008. For further information please see our Call for proposals section on the Submitting a proposal page.
Energising the Armed Forces - Agenda