Grant for Plasma UPG development

Manchester University spin-out Plasma Clean has received a £112,829 grant for research and development from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).

The company, which specialises in technology for odour control and air purification, will use the funding to support the development of its non-thermal plasma system, known as Plasma UPG.

The system works using electricity to charge plasma inside a cartridge. This process allows the plasma to oxidise and purify ambient air and industrial gases and convert them into by-products such as CO2 and water.

Plasma UPG is intended for use in the manufacture of semiconductors, flat-panel displays and solar cells and any other ultra-high-purity gas application.

Work on Plasma UPG will build on the NWDA research project completed in October 2008, which allowed the business to deliver a power-supply system that was able to produce a highly active plasma discharge using lower power.

Mark Hughes, executive director of economic development at the NWDA, said: ‘Innovation is critical to the economic development of the region, ensuring vital sectors remain productive. The NWDA plays an important role ensuring businesses within the north west are able to retain a competitive edge, leading the way in research and development.’

David Glover, managing director of Plasma Clean, added: ‘Receiving this award is a great boost for Plasma Clean and will help to deliver a unique product offering that will present significant benefits to our customers worldwide.

‘We have already had significant interest from some of the major players in the air purification industry, seeking a product that will offer a competitive advantage in terms of performance and running costs.’