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Catagen wins two government funding awards for green energy production

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Siya Yadav, Michael Sloan, Tom Morris, Calvin Thompson, Andrew Pedlow, Matthew Boyd and Andrew Shannon

Siya Yadav, Michael Sloan, Tom Morris, Calvin Thompson, Andrew Pedlow, Matthew Boyd and Andrew Shannon

Siya Yadav, Michael Sloan, Tom Morris, Calvin Thompson, Andrew Pedlow, Matthew Boyd and Andrew Shannon

A Belfast technology firm has secured two government funding awards in a bid to develop new green hydrogen production.

Catagen has received two new funding awards from the UK’s 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 the two separate awards received by Catagen last month.

A successful outcome from the first phase of all four projects in 2022 will lead to significant funding for the company.

The business has gone from 17 to 35 staff in the last year but could grow its workforce to 70 over the next 12 months.

The firm already sells its patented emissions testing services to global automotive manufacturers.

The BEIS funding will enable the company to significantly scale in Belfast to develop new net zero technologies in green hydrogen and e-fuel production to decarbonise difficult sectors such as transport and industry.

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“E-Fuels are needed to provide an alternative solution to electrification for sectors such as aviation, marine, heavy-duty diesel and heating systems that use liquid fuels,” Professor Roy Douglas, chief technical officer and co-Founder of Catagen, says.

“A blended solution of technologies is needed to meet net zero emissions targets by 2050. Some of our existing business partners have already expressed interest in piloting Catagen’s e-fuel as it can be used in a conventional internal combustion engine and utilises existing infrastructure.”

Greg Hands, Energy and Climate Change Minister, says: “As we accelerate the UK’s energy independence by boosting clean, home-grown, affordable energy, it’s crucial that our industries reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.

“This investment will help them to not only cut emissions, but also save money on energy bills, on top of supporting jobs by encouraging green innovation across the UK.”
 


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