Notice of a forthcoming series of grant-funded Challenge Competitions to demonstrate and scale up clean technologies in Brazil

Published on
July 22, 2020

BEP aims to use UK experience and expertise to support Brazil’s emergence as a renewable energy powerhouse. The programme will do this by providing regulatory development advice and by funding pilots to test new technologies within the Brazilian environment.

BEP is part of the UK Government’s £1.2 billion Prosperity Fund, which aims to develop partnerships to support inclusive economic growth, mutual prosperity and progress towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The objective of the challenge competitions is to select scalable UK-led demonstration projects of innovative low carbon technologies in the solar, storage, smart grids, biogas and biodiesel sectors that solve specific challenges faced by Brazilian partners.

Up to £9 million of grants are available to be awarded to a number of demonstration projects.

The first set of pilots will be focused on solar, storage and smart grids and a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) will be launched on 17 th  August 2020.

The first pilot to be implemented will install photovoltaic panels, batteries and smart monitoring systems to provide energy to low income families in a community in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area. The pilot involves strong community engagement and will be executed in association with a utility company.

The timelines for solar, storage and smart grids Pilots 2 and 3, and for future pilots focused on biogas and biodiesel, will be announced at a later date.

Further information

BEP is implemented on behalf of the British Government by a consortium of Adam Smith International (ASI), Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT), Hubz, and Instituto 17.

Who can apply

Project partnerships are encouraged and can include technology partners, subcontractors, and/or research organisations from the UK and/or internationally. Full eligibility criteria will be published soon.