Nearly £ 2million to be given to tech start-ups to boost transport revolution
- creative start-ups to receive Â£ 1.95million share to see ideas to revolutionize transport come to life
- previous projects include a purification system to reduce virus transmission in trains and a portable car charger for use in remote locations, including festivals
- Government-backed projects will set UK on course for a greener transport future, supporting innovation ahead of COP26
Entrepreneurs and innovators pioneering new ways to create a better transportation system will see their ideas come to life with government funding, Transportation Minister Trudy Harrison announced today (October 7, 2021).
Up to 53 projects will be awarded a share of Â£ 1.95million in funding from the Department for Transport. Previous winners include a purification system to reduce virus transmission in trains, a portable charger for use in remote locations, and a battery cooling system.
In the 2020 funding round, the University of Surrey built a device that could make travel safer. The device could be installed in trains and buses to purify the air and reduce the transmission of certain viruses including COVID-19.
The device works by drawing air through the equivalent of a cold flame. The ionizing plasma then attacks any virus particles that may be in the air and separates them, rendering them harmless.
Likewise, Greenway Innovations has developed a system that attracts and catches virus droplets produced when you cough. This system could be installed in trains to purify the air and reduce the transmission of viruses.
Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said:
Supporting innovation is a priority for us and I am delighted to support Britain’s budding entrepreneurs as they help us ensure people can travel easily and solve the complex task of decarbonising our transport system.
This is vital as we envision a greener and safer transportation future that will create jobs around the world. UK.
The faster a battery is charged, the more it can heat up, which is why QDot has created a battery cooling system, thanks to funding received in the last round of the competition. The design includes a built-in cooling tab that allows heat to be released quickly, allowing drivers to quickly recharge their vehicles by preventing the batteries from getting too hot.
Meanwhile, with government funding, a portable charging solution that can allow drivers to charge at remote locations, including festivals and tourist attractions, is being developed by Pragmatex. The device can also be used to ‘concentrate’ mains power where there is little excess power available – by slowly charging the battery from limited power, then quickly transferring that stored energy to a vehicle when ‘it can charge quickly.
Now in its 11th round of funding, the Transportation Research and Innovation Grant (TRIGONOMETRY) brings together talented start-ups – mainly SME and universities – and policy makers in the early stages of innovation.
By issuing targeted investments of up to Â£ 30,000 for each project, the fund aims to help start-ups and academics bring their ideas to market faster.
CEO Catapult of connected places, Nicola Yates OBE, noted:
The UKThe innovation ecosystem of has a solid track record in developing solutions to complex problems.
The TRIGONOMETRY The 2021 call is focused on finding the next wave of cutting-edge transportation solutions, enabling the industry to reach net zero and become more resilient to disruption.
I can’t wait to see the innovations on offer and to work with successful teams to support their journey to market.