Trudy Harrison MP transport minister

Transport minister Trudy Harrison

The government has unveiled another round of funding to support development of innovations in transport.

Transport minister Trudy Harrison has announced that up to 53 projects will be awarded a share of £1.95m in Department for Transport funding.

Harrison said: “Backing innovation is a priority for us and I’m delighted to be supporting Britain’s budding entrepreneurs, as they help us to ensure people can travel at ease and to solve the complex task of decarbonising our transport system.

“This is vital as we look ahead to a greener and safer transport future that will create jobs right across the UK.”

As a result of funding received in the last round of the competition QDot has created a battery cooling system. The design includes a built-in cooling tab that allows heat to be conducted away rapidly, allowing drivers to charge their vehicles quickly by preventing battery packs from getting too hot.

Also, a portable charging solution that can allow drivers to charge at remote sites, including festivals and tourist attractions, is being developed by Pragmatex. The device can also be used to ‘concentrate’ mains supply where there is little excess power available – charging the battery slowly from constrained supply and then rapidly transferring this stored energy to a vehicle when/where it can charge rapidly.

By issuing targeted investments of up to £30,000 for each project, the fund aims to help budding start-ups and academics to propel their ideas to market quicker.

CEO of Connected Places Catapult, Nicola Yates, said: “The UK’s innovation ecosystem has a strong track record in developing solutions to complex problems.

“The TRIG 2021 call is focused on finding the next wave of state-of-the-art transport solutions, enabling the sector to achieve net zero and become more resilient to disruption.

“I very much look forward to seeing the proposed innovations and working with the successful teams to support their journey to market.”