At the 2021 Global Investment Summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Bill Gates, the Founder of Breakthrough Energy, announced a new partnership to mobilize public and private funding in emerging climate technology projects located in the United Kingdom. The UK-Catalyst Partnership expects to mobilize up to £400 million between 2022 and 2027 to drive investment into the next generation of emerging climate technologies that will help meet UK’s net zero target by 2050 and decrease the cost of decarbonization.
To operationalize this collaboration, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst (Catalyst) has launched an RFP to identify and select emerging climate technology projects based in the United Kingdom for project-level financing.
Overview and Scope
Catalyst invites responses from projects located in the United Kingdom across the following four technology sectors:
- Clean hydrogen
- Direct air capture
- Long duration energy storage
- Sustainable aviation fuel
The RFP is expected to remain open for submissions until 31 December 2027 (RFP close date) or until all Catalyst funds are fully committed. All respondents seeking funding in the first half of 2023 must provide their Part I Submission by 15 April 2022, at which time Catalyst will undertake its first round of evaluations. After this date, submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis (no less frequently than semi-annually) until the RFP close date.
How to submit
Please read the RFP Document, which contains the information that is required for Part I and Part II Submissions and complete the Intent-to-Bid form. Once the form has been submitted, an email with a Unique Respondent ID (URID), a link to submit Part I Submissions, and additional details will be sent to you. The URID will be used to label submitted materials, as detailed in Section 6 of the RFP document. Please use the link provided in that email to upload Part I Submissions. Catalyst will then notify respondents if they have been selected for Part II Submissions and/or Pitch Presentations.
RFP Informational Webinar
An informational webinar took place on 1 February 2022 to address RFP questions. The link to request access to the recording is available below. Additional sessions may be added and will be announced on the website prior to each session.
Please email questions and clarification requests to CatalystUKRFP@breakthroughenergy.org.
Do you intend to submit a proposal?
Please submit your intent.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE ALL ANSWERS FOR THE INTENT-TO-BID FORM PREPARED BEFORE ENTERING THE PORTAL. ONCE YOU OPEN THE PORTAL, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SAVE YOUR ANSWERS, AND YOU WILL NEED TO SUBMIT YOUR ANSWERS IN ONE SITTING. TO SEE WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED FOR THE INTENT-TO-BID FORM, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
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