• Status: Closed

  • Key features: This MOD call seeks proposals for novel ideas to reduce the cost of ownership of military assets through innovative approaches to fuel and lubrication use. The challenge is to reduce energy usage and to improve mechanical operation and maintenance.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Up to £1 million

  • Opens: 08 Jun 2015, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 29 Jul 2015, 12:00

  • Closes: 05 Aug 2015, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Fuels and lubricants: reducing cost of ownership

Summary

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Note to competition applicants: In order to fairly assess the range and number of bids the competition received, it has been necessary to extend the assessment process. The revised timescale is now:
  • Applicants notified: 16 October 2015
  • Feedback provided: 6 November 2015
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause you. For any queries related to this competition please email: DESTECH-TechOfficeLand1b@mod.uk
 
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Up to £1 million is available for Phase 1 of this two phase competition funded by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
 
The mission of the MOD's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is "To equip and support our Armed Forces for operations now and in the future." DE&S is responsible for procuring and supporting all the equipment and services for the UK Armed Forces.
 
There is a need to improve the energy consumption of UK MOD military assets through Sustainable Development. This MOD call seeks proposals for novel ideas to reduce the cost of ownership of military assets through innovative approaches to fuel and lubrication use. 
 
The primary goal for this research is to meet reductions in operational energy usage targets. A secondary goal is to improve mechanical operation and maintenance techniques through smarter lubricant and fuel use. 
 
This challenge is broken into two themes:
 
  • Theme 1. Reduce fuel and lubricant consumption. MOD are looking for novel ways to reduce dependency on fuels and lubricants, in a way which reduces asset cost of ownership whilst maintaining or improving capability.
 
Areas of research not limited to: improving efficiency, smart energy management, improving dynamics, novel fuels, reducing lubricant waste, managing the effects of microbiological growth in fuel, waste regeneration and smarter asset employment. 
 
  • Theme 2. Enhanced operation and maintenance. MOD are looking for novel ways to improve mechanical operation and maintenance techniques of platforms through smarter lubricant and fuel use, in a way which reduces asset cost of ownership whilst maintaining or improving capability.  
 
Areas of research not limited to: more effective lubrication, improving contamination detection, reducing contamination, lubricant condition based maintenance, detection and prediction of incipient component failure. 
 
Phase 2 funding to develop working prototypes will be available for those projects that demonstrate the greatest potential at the end of the Phase 1 contract.
 
This competition opens on Monday 8th June and will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, 5th August, 2015.
 
A briefing event will be held in London on Tuesday 14 July 2015
 
UPDATE: A briefing webinar will be held at 1pm on Wednesday 22 July 2015
All proposals must be submitted via the Innovate UK portal. 

Application Process 

This competition is run by Innovate UK. 
 
Open Date: 8th June 2015
Registration Closes: 29th July 2015
Close Date:  5th August 2015
Award: Up to £1 million
 
For any queries related to the technical aspects this call please email: DESTECH-TechOfficeLand1b@mod.uk
 
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