The Government and industry have pledged £15.5 million to fund new clean power and cold technology.
UK tech firm Dearman is heading up a consortium to develop, manufacture and commercialise a zero-emission engine and refrigeration system. The group have been awarded £6 million by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and raised money internally.
The government then doubled the investment, bringing it up to the total figure.
The engine in question is driven by the expansion of liquid nitrogen and will significantly reduce emissions of Nitrogen Oxide, Carbon Dioxide and particulate matter from HGVs and buses.
The most advanced application of the technology is a zero-emission transport refrigeration system, currently being trialled by Sainsbury’s.
It can also support applications such as air conditioning and other auxiliary systems on buses, which can consume more than a third of the diesel used.
Toby Peters, Founder and CEO of Dearman, said: “Technology such as the Dearman Engine has the potential to make a meaningful contribution to achieving both goals. It’s a low cost zero emission technology, which can improve the efficiency of diesel engines or replace them entirely in some applications, without imposing increased costs on business. It can have a major impact on the air quality of our cities and help to address climate change.”