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Net zero fund backing green technologies awards £5.8m

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Innovate UK has awarded a £5.8m pool of funding to projects manufacturing key technologies in the drive to net zero.

The Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge Fund, from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and delivered by Innovate UK, will provide cash to 12 projects that have been identified as key to the net zero transition.

Among the projects receiving funding are Carbon Forest Products, which is researching the feasibility of a 3D graphite heat sink for use in automotive thermal management.

“This competition is great for the UK’s net zero ambitions as it will ensure that we manufacture more solutions to the net zero challenges in the UK,” said Venn Chesterton, deputy director of the challenge.

“It showcases the commitment of the Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge to invest in the supply chain and manufacturing capability which will underpin growth in several key industries.”

Other projects receiving funding include Dycotec Materials Ltd, which is developing a high-performance power module at a reduced cost using additive processes; Hypervolt, which is using automation and robotics in EV charging manufacturing and Supply Design, which is working with the University of Edinburgh to build a supply chain to produce GaN-based power semiconductor modules.

The full list of funded projects can be found here.

“Investment in electrification technologies, including power electronics, machines and drives is crucial to meet the UK’s net zero goals,” said Mike Biddle, executive director of net zero at Innovate UK.

“This will drive growth and create and support the industries and high-quality jobs of today and tomorrow.”

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