CENSIS, along with the Data Lab and Dundee City Council, has partnered with the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc to award funding of more than £86,000 for projects to develop and demonstrate innovative new models for personal transport to help meet Scotland’s net zero targets.
MSIP, a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise and located in Dundee, focuses on activities around sustainable mobility and decarbonisation. It aims to drive growth and diversity in the Scottish economy whilst addressing the global climate emergency.
The funding is part MSIP’s second Innovation Challenge, and was awarded following a competitive call. The funding will allow the companies to test, prototype and demonstrate technologies focused on new sustainable transport options – they’ll also have access to space at MSIP’s soon-to-launch Innovation Labs. The winning companies are:
- Frisco Projects: Frisco e-Bikes and solar docks harness the use of solar power to wirelessly recharge e-bikes at docking stations.
- OTG1821 and Tronius: a partnership to develop a portable electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueler system.
- IC2EV: converting an motorhome running on fossil fuels into a 100% EV with the capacity to yield energy to the grid.
- 4SB Mobility: an attachable, swappable, ‘jerry can’ battery that connects directly to an electric vehicles main battery.
Sarah Petrie, Innovation Director, MSIP said: “I’m excited to announce that we are funding a further four projects through our Innovation Challenge 2. Through MSIP’s Innovation Programme we want to support early-stage companies that will benefit from additional support to test, develop and demonstrate innovative ideas into viable products that can be taken to market.”
Paul Winstanley, CENSIS CEO said “At CENSIS we know important sensor systems, the Internet of Things and the right communications networks will be in enabling the public and private transport sectors to reduce their carbon footprint and minimise any negative impact on the environment. That is why it is so exciting for us to be partnering with a MSIP to support these projects to contribute to Scotland’s ambitious net zero goals”.