Nineteen UK firms developing energy efficiency solutions and entrepreneurs trying to commercialise low carbon technologies were today officially granted a share of £9 million via the government’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund.
The winners were announced as Decc launched the next phase of the programme, urging companies developing low carbon energy projects in generation, efficiency and storage to bid for a share of $5m in the fourth funding round. Up to half of the money has been earmarked for carbon capture and storage projects.
Nottingham-based Sasie will use its £590,000 grant to further develop complete sustainable energy systems for large multiple occupancy buildings, including heat and power generation, storage, metering and monitoring.
Oxford PV has been awarded £669,000 in the third round. It has developed thin-film solar cells which can be printed directly onto office windows to produce a transparent, coloured coating. The firm claims its technology is cost effective and can provide a “significant percentage” of a building’s power requirement, making buildings “their own power stations”.
Oxford PV founder and CEO Kevin Arthur said the extra funding will be used to “recruit more scientists and engineers and invest in advanced capital equipment in the UK that will allow us to compete with global developers and bring optimised perovskite solar cells towards a goal of more than 20 per cent efficiency ahead of our competition.”
See the full list of third round winners below.
|Grant recipient||Grant awarded||Location|
|Aerogenerator Project Limited||£542,000||Sudbury|
|Agility Eco Services Limited||£388,887||Surrey|
|Agility Global Limited||£548,483||London|
|Bowman Power Group||£690,967||Southampton|
|CCm Research Limited||£296,258||Oxfordshire|
|Chimney Sheep Limited||£37,215||Cockermouth|
|Green Fuels Research||£799,673||Cheltenham|
|Oxford Photovoltaics Limited||£668,976||Oxfordshire|
|Recycling Technologies Limited||£695,004||Swindon|
|Samad Power Limited||£800,000||Milton Keynes|
|Sharp Laboratories Europe Limited||£248,789||Oxfordshire|
|Vantage Power Limited||£348,450||Greenford|
Expressions of interest are required by 1700 on 19 December 2014 and the deadline for applications is noon on 26 January 2015.