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UKINNOVATION UK31 Aerospace & Defence Centre for defence enterprise » » C4ISTAR and CBRN; » » Weapons; » » Cross- cutting Technologies; » » Joint Supply Chain. Capability Visions inspires inovation Capability Visions identify innovative options to address long- term defence challenges. They are intended to pro-mote a longer- term perspective, to stimulate new activity in the wider R& D community and to act as a guide for industry- funded research and for suppliers to seek new applications for existing technologies. The first Capability Visions were launched in Feb 09 and, working alongside the mainstream research programme, they add a further dimension in the drive to get the best innovation in key areas: » » Reducing the Burden on the Dismounted Soldier; » » Future Protected Vehicle; » » Reducing Operational Dependency on Fossil Fuels; » » Novel Air Concept; » » Electronics Defeat. The Capability Visions programme has used CDE exten-sively as a means of seeking new ideas with over 19 con-tracts ( worth a total of £ 886,000) already awarded and many more expected by the end of 2009. For more information contact: Centre for Defence Enterprise Start Electron Fermi Avenue Harwell Science and Innovation Campus Harwell Oxfordshire OX11 0QR Tel: 012 3543 8445 E- mail: science- enterprise@ mod. uk Website: www. science. mod. uk/ enterprise I have an idea with a defence application Develop your idea as a proposal Submit a ' Quad' chartSubmit your proposal Assessment by MOD Experts MOD has a need to solve a particular Attend one of challenge the regular " how to submit and idea" workshops Attend the relevant seminar for this challenge ( register on website) Or go direct to www. science. mod. uk/ enterprise Or go direct to www. science. mod. uk/ enterprise Idea not mature? Need additional info or an early opinion? Idea well- developed? Idea ready to develop as a proposal ( but no guarantee of success) Idea not likely to succeed in current form major rework required Reject - idea unsuitable for CDE consideration Approve/ Contract Reject including reasons OPEN IDEASPECIFIC CALL CDE proposal process See: www. science. mod. uk/ enterprise

32INNOVATION UKINNOVATION The Low Carbon KTN promotes a low carbon landscape in a range of ways Steering towards a low carbon future The Low- Carbon Agenda During the past year there has been continued growth in interest and activity in reducing vehicle CO 2 emissions. In May 2009, the New Automotive Innova-tion and Growth Team published its report setting out a 20- year vision for the UK automotive sector. Cen-tral to its work was setting out a technology roadmap for exploiting UK opportunities in low- carbon vehicles and fuels. A particular feature of the low- carbon landscape in recent times has been the ongoing promotion of the electrifica-tion of road transport, exemplified by the announcement by the Department for Transport of £ 250m of consumer incentives available from 2011 to stimulate the uptake of electric and plug- in hybrid vehicles. This momentum has continued with the launch of the £ 1m AlternativeFuel Infrastructure Grant Programme, which provides funding for electric, natural gas and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure, together with the announcement of a number of regional and city- based electrification initiatives. What is the Low Carbon KTN? The Low Carbon Knowledge Transfer Network ( LC KTN) provides a single national overarching network for the UK low- carbon automotive community. The LC KTN aims to promote collaboration, best prac-tice and knowledge sharing by bringing together a variety of stakeholders, including businesses ( suppliers and cus-tomers), universities, research and technology organisa-tions, the finance community and other intermediaries. The LC KTN works with the national KTN network, plus other relevant stakeholders in the low- carbon landscape, including national, regional and local government. The LC KTN combines: » » A web portal providing technology, market and policy- related content on UK and international developments » » Networking events to bring together communities in order to promote technology transfer and innovation. Above: The smart ed electric vehicle, which is currently on a 100- vehicle trial in the UK supported by Cenex, is powered by an electric drive developed and fitted by Lichfield- based Zytek Carbon low carbon ktn