Innovate UK-funded low carbon trials begin

Innovative green projects with the potential for quick commercialisation are being trialled across the UK. Innovate UK’s funding competition will see 12 projects share £18 million, with the aim of making progress towards low carbon energy, transport […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Innovative green projects with the potential for quick commercialisation are being trialled across the UK.

Innovate UK’s funding competition will see 12 projects share £18 million, with the aim of making progress towards low carbon energy, transport and urban infrastructure.

The government-sponsored body says with more than 70% of people estimated to be living in urban areas by 2040, city infrastructure and design requires a drastic change in order to support and maintain a high quality of life.

One project has set out to address the problem of disposing of used batteries by repurposing old Nissan electric vehicle batteries to store peak electricity from UK homes. The 50 unit, year-long trial will be led by Powervault.

Another aims to convert electricity into hydrogen at a mass scale to create affordable, green energy for the transport sector. It will be trialled by ITM Power with a fleet of 20 fuel cell buses in Birmingham.

ZAPINAMO aims to encourage the use of electric vehicles through the testing of an easily deployable, rapid charging system.

This will include providing rapid charging for up to 20 taxis at once at Heathrow Airport, with the aim of improving local air quality.