A Belfast tech company has won two government grants to develop new green hydrogen production.
atagen has received two new funding awards from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), funded through the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, as part of the Red Diesel Replacement Competition.
The awards follow two separate awards received by Catagen last month.
The success of the first phase of the four projects in 2022 will result in significant funding for the company.
The company has grown from 17 to 35 employees in the past year, but could increase its workforce to 70 in the next 12 months.
The company already sells its patented emissions testing services to global automakers.
The BEIS funding will enable the company to expand significantly in Belfast to develop new net-zero technologies in the production of green hydrogen and e-fuel to decarbonise challenging sectors such as transport and industry.
“E-Fuels are needed to provide an alternative solution to electrification for sectors such as aviation, marine, heavy diesel and heating systems that use liquid fuels,” said Professor Roy Douglas, CTO and co-founder of Catagen.
“A mixed-technology solution is needed to achieve net-zero emissions targets by 2050. Some of our existing business partners have already expressed interest in Catagen’s electronic fuel steering, as it can be used in an engine conventional internal combustion engine and uses existing infrastructure.
Greg Hands, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, said: “As we accelerate the UK‘s energy independence by boosting clean, local and affordable energy, it is crucial that our industries reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. .
“This investment will not only help them reduce emissions but also save money on energy bills, as well as supporting jobs by encouraging green innovation across the UK.”