Cleantech start-up Sunswap secure £376k grant funding to build ‘next-generation’ product

Cleantech company Sunswap has successfully secured two Innovate UK grants worth £376k, working in partnership with the Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory at Imperial College London and Cenex, to develop their zero-emission transport refrigeration technology.

Sunswap is building new technology to create zero-emission transport refrigeration products that reduce noise and air pollution.

The majority of TRUs, commonly used by all supermarkets, rely on secondary diesel engines to provide power for cooling. With looser restrictions on secondary engines, they are a major cause of pollution.

The initiatives are being funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. Both projects will expedite the development of Sunswap’s technology helping to tackle a major source of global emissions.

This year Sunswap has built a working prototype of their clean refrigeration technology. These projects will enable the team to build a product incorporating direct customer feedback, that will be unveiled on UK roads in 2021.

Michael Lowe, Sunswap’s CEO, comments: “I am delighted to be able to announce these new partnerships. Both these projects will help accelerate the development of key systems in our transport refrigeration product. This will speed up the development of our technology and ultimately take us even closer to zero-emission transport refrigeration units on our roads. We have seen a concerted effort from retailers to adopt clean technology following HM Treasury’s announcement on red diesel, the outcomes of these projects will significantly help industry with this effort.

“It is fantastic to be working with Imperial College London and Cenex. These collaborations will allow us to input world class research expertise into our refrigeration development, whilst ensuring that our system design meets every industry need.”