Oxy-Gen shortlisted for Shell award

DundeeUniversity spinout Oxy-Gen Combustion has been shortlisted for a Shell Springboard award of up to £40,000 for an ultra-low emissions engine it is developing.

Oxy-Gen Combustion is one of a shortlist of six entries drawn from across the north of the UK.

The company said its technology, known as Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI), is the stepping stone between present motor engines and the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies currently under development.

Director David Tonery said: ‘An HCCI engine can provide up to 20-25 per cent increased efficiency with similar reductions in CO2 and fuel consumption. Being shortlisted for a Shell Springboard award is a great endorsement of the work we’re doing.’

Oxy-Gen Combustion’s current target markets for HCCI are heavy duty goods vehicles, passenger vehicles, marine applications, off-road vehicles and power generation with scope to penetrate further into other markets over the following years.

Oxy-Gen Combustion will compete against five businesses from across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England on 12 February 2008 in Edinburgh.

Shell Springboard provides a financial boost to a small number of UK businesses that submit the most compelling plan for a product or service which will lead to greenhouse gas reductions, is commercially viable, and which is innovative.