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Durham Energy Institute


Energy Systems Catapult supports innovators with Energy Knowledge eXchange launch

(6 June 2018)

Energy Systems Catapult (ESC), set up by the government to help innovators transform the energy system, has launched a collaborative new resource designed to help innovators access knowledge and find research outcomes quickly and easily.

Delivered in collaboration with stakeholders across the energy industry and academic research providers (including Durham Energy Institute), Energy Knowledge Exchange™ (EKX) allows energy SMEs to gain free access to valuable information and acts as a platform for innovators to find support networks, collaborate, explore sources of funding and build productive partnerships.

EKX™ saves users time and money by signposting resources using its digital index service. Innovators can explore summaries of existing knowledge and unlock hidden data easily, helping overcome innovation barriers, avoid dead ends and access the latest solutions and insights.

It is designed to respond to users’ searches by signposting additional related information, and can automatically analyse content on users’ existing webpages, making related knowledge more accessible without users needing to know specific terminology or industry jargon. In this way EKX™ complements everyday search engines, but is adaptive and tailors the knowledge landscape to each user.

Eric Brown, Director of Innovation at ESC, said: “Following a successful six-month pilot programme and upgrade works, we are pleased to mark the public launch of EKX™ to the energy industry.

“Through many consultations, energy innovators and SMEs told us that invaluable information already exists across many websites and databases, but getting access can be difficult and time consuming.

“In response, together with our key partners, and with support from Innovate UK, we have created a collaborative tool which connects the dots and unlocks valuable resources. This enables users to quickly and easily navigate relevant pages across multiple information sites, technical databases and funding resources. We expect this to grow and evolve over time and welcome user feedback – I’d encourage all energy innovators to sign-up for the advanced EKX™ releases.”

The EKX™ service appeals directly to energy innovators, including SME’s as well as businesses of all sizes and roles. Its signposts can already be found across thousands of web pages, whilst further resources are continually updated by industry stakeholders including Energy Networks Association (ENA), the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), The Energy Data Centre, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC).

Mark Thompson, Head of Energy, Innovate UK, said: “The EKX™ collaboration is a prime example of how the Energy Systems Catapult will help innovators navigate the complex energy landscape and Innovate UK strongly supports the initiative.

“The ongoing exchange and sharing of knowledge through services like EKX™ will provide a significant step forward in allowing innovators to find valuable knowledge and information related to their work, and connect with potential partners to enable a growing network of energy innovators to prosper.”

Shevali Patel, Energy100 Project Manager at ON5 Company UK, who trialled the initial pilot of EXK™ added: “EKX™ provides a valuable service to the energy sector. In the innovation space, having ready access to a tool that automatically connects relevant information with the right networks helps SMEs stay on top of research in such a fast-paced industry.

“Our team will certainly be continuing to use the service, and I look forward to discovering more targeted energy related information to support us in developing better services for our end users.”

Since its launch in 2015, the Catapult has been helping businesses accelerate the transformation of the energy sector through the development of innovative industry approaches, new products, services and business models. Information management is a key part of the Catapult’s purpose and mission, allowing a variety of stakeholders and partners to share information and assemble the jigsaw pieces of data to support innovation.

Energy Innovators can sign up to get EKX™ advanced editions for free here. Knowledge Providers can also benefit by joining the EKX™ Forum – giving access to the EKX™ Portal or for more information are advised to contact the EKX Project Team. Lastly, for information and updates on EKX™, sign up here.

For general information about the Catapult please visit

Notes to Editors:

About the Energy Systems Catapult

The Energy Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre set up to support businesses and Government for the development of new products and services to address the new commercial opportunities created by the transformation of UK and global energy systems (covering electricity, heat and combustible gases).


The Catapult’s mission is to bring the worlds of industry, academia and Government together to encourage and support the development of new technology-based products and services in the energy sector. It is a non-profit, non-partisan company limited by guarantee. In addition to developing its own globally unique technical capabilities in whole systems approaches it will act as an ‘impartial broker’, prioritising the opening up of new markets and the promotion of British skills and strengths. The success of the Catapult will be measured by the success of the companies it partners with employing more people, making more profit and ultimately resulting in the creation of wealth and positive social impact for Britain.


For more information, please visit:



Address: Energy Systems Catapult

 7th Floor, Cannon House

The Priory Queensway


B4 6BS


About Catapults:

Catapultcentres are established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future. For more information, please visit


Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports and keeping the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity. For further information visit


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