First green submarine amongst winners of clean maritime competition

Green submarine and shipping charge-points powered by offshore wind turbines will receive a share of a £23 million Innovate UK-run R&D competition. The first ever green submarine study has been named as one of 55 winning projects of a £23 million government funded research and development (R&D) competition. This was announced on Wednesday 15 September by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in Greenwich, as part of the greenest ever London international shipping week. The clean maritime demonstration competition, announced as part of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for Green Industrial Revolution, is supporting the development of innovative technology to propel forward the government’s commitment to…

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New £450m fund to unlock cutting-edge innovation across gas and electricity networks

A new fund  will unlock greener ways to travel and to heat and power homes and businesses, by harnessing a new approach to energy network innovation. This will keep bills as low as possible, drive the UK towards its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and help turn the UK into the ‘Silicon Valley’ of energy. The fund, which opened for application on 31st August, is part of Ofgem’s RII02 price controls for the electricity system operator and the network companies that operate GB’s energy pipes and…

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£84 million green aviation technology boost

Three pioneering projects have been supported to power zero-emissions flights and unlock up to 4,750 jobs across the UK. They will use alternative energy sources of hydrogen or electricity to reduce the aerospace industry’s reliance on polluting fossil fuels. They have been supported with £84.6 million of funding through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) programme. Winners were selected by: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ATI Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Funded projects The three projects receiving funding are: GKN Aerospace-led project H2GEAR will receive…

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UK Eco-Tech Start-Up Secures £50k In Government Funding To Prototype “Fitbit For Plastic”

MYPLASTICDIARY has won £50k from innovate UK in a funding competition focused on designing sustainable plastics solutions. The sustainability start-up’s mission is to make plastic footprint information available to everyone. After successfully launching in August 2020, the MyPlasticDiary plastic footprint app has been downloaded over 2,000 times by users from the UK and US to Poland and Norway. The team aims to use the grant from the Plastic Research and Innovation Fund to take their conceptone step further and design a service that incorporates consumers’ plastic footprint into their online…

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New tech to tackle leaves on the line and de-ice platforms set to revolutionise British rail travel

Automatic de-icing concrete on platforms and a rapid seat reservation-swapping service could soon make journeys easier by banishing slippery surfaces in winter and guaranteeing passengers a seat, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced, following a national competition to make the railways cleaner, greener and more passenger-friendly. The Department for Transport, in partnership with Innovate UK, has awarded 25 pioneering projects a share of £9.4 million in the 2020 First of a Kind (FOAK) competition, which encourages innovation in the rail industry. Inventors have come forward with a host of…

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