MEMBER NEWS: NZTC launches applications for TechX Clean Energy Start-up Accelerator

August 24, 2021
MEMBER NEWS: NZTC launches applications for TechX Clean Energy Start-up Accelerator

The Net Zero Technology Centre has today [23 August 2021] opened applications for its TechX Accelerator. Now in its fourth year, the award-winning programme looks to accelerate an entrepreneurial ecosystem of technology start-ups, who are paving the way in the clean energy space. Up to £100,000 grant funding and expert support will be provided to the successful companies that gain a place in the programme.

The TechX Clean Energy Accelerator supports companies developing innovative, transformative technologies that can accelerate the transition to a net zero energy industry. The Centre particularly seeks to support start-ups with diverse founder teams. Technology focus areas for the accelerator include renewable energy technologies, green and blue hydrogen and other clean fuels, carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), digitalisation and technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry.

The 15-week intensive programme will offer up to 12 start-ups access to the Centre’s extensive industry network. Start-ups will receive support in a range of areas; from creating a minimum viable product and testing the value proposition, to securing field trials and pitching to potential customers. Additional guidance comes from the programme’s diverse range of mentors which include entrepreneurs, industry leaders and investors. The accelerator will continue to be delivered in a virtual format allowing for more flexible participation. This year, we would like to see 30% of shortlisted start-ups to be led by female founders or co-founders. It is an exciting time to build companies and technologies which can close the gap to affordable net zero energy.

Mark Anderson, TechX Director, commented on the launch of applications for the Clean Energy Accelerator:

“We are delighted to be opening applications for the fourth year of the TechX accelerator. Innovative start-ups offering game-changing technology solutions will play a pivotal role in accelerating the transition to an affordable net zero energy industry. And for the first time, the programme is solely focused on start-ups developing clean energy technologies.

“I look forward to seeing the ground-breaking solutions that emerge from this next cohort, and the support they can offer in helping the energy industry meet its carbon reduction targets, especially with COP26 happening this year in Scotland.”

Colette Cohen OBE, CEO of the Net Zero Technology Centre, added:

“TechX plays an instrumental role in building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and supply chain. Start-ups that tap into the next generation of net zero technologies are key to delivering an affordable net zero energy industry.

“We are committed to expanding diversity in our TechX programme, continuing a virtual format should also support this aim. We are hoping to see strong gender diverse founder teams applying as TechX offers a unique support system which allows start-ups to accelerate their development journey. We look forward to meeting the next cohort and introducing them to the Net Zero Technology Centre’s extensive network, which offers a wealth of knowledge and a world of opportunities.”

To date, the programme has delivered three successful cohorts, with 50% of last year’s cohort represented by start-ups developing clean technologies including a novel electrolyser that uses sea water to produce green hydrogen (sHYp) and bio-inspired, ultra-efficient direct air capture to remove CO2 from the atmosphere (Mission Zero). Over 33 start-ups have graduated from the programme, with more than 20 field trials completed and five companies having commercialised.

The online application process is now open for the TechX Clean Energy Accelerator, which will begin in February 2022. Applications will close on 28th November 2021, with places confirmed in January 2022. Find out more and apply here.

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AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

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Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

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The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

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