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Innovate UK awards Lontra led consortium £1.5m grant for new engine technology

16 February 2017

A consortium led by Midlands-based company Lontra has been awarded a £1.5 million grant to apply the firm’s award-winning technology to energy generation.

The Energy Catalyst grant from by Innovate UK aims to support business-led innovations to bring concepts to commercial readiness.

Lontra will be leading the consortium set up by 2020 Power Generation Ltd (2PG) with Integral Powertrain Ltd (IP), and Nottingham University to increase the fuel efficiency of the 2PG engine used for 1MW power generation – the most common size of generator used for applications ranging from data centres to manufacturing plants.

The two year project will reduce carbon emissions and energy costs, contributing to the Government’s goals to reduce energy emissions by 35% by 2020.

The project will apply Lontra’s revolutionary Blade Compressor® as a turbo compounding technology. The grant provides full funding to take the technology from concept through to hardware and testing stages.

Earlier this year Lontra opened a new state-of-the-art Technology Centre at its site in Napton to develop its clean sheet compressor technology to bring greater energy efficient conceptions to market.

Steve Lindsey (pictured), CEO and Founder of Lontra said:

“Leading the consortium is a first for Lontra and marks significant progress in the development of the Blade Compressor®. It is a huge opportunity for Lontra to take the lead on new innovations within the engineering sector to harness the global market and the huge energy savings our product offers.”

Peter Dirken from Innovate UK commented:

“Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst grant is designed to back the most innovative solutions to develop sustainable energy technology. As a UK-based consortium, Lontra and partners of the project are powering forward to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs. The investment in homegrown innovations bolsters the UK’s competitive edge on a global scale.”

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