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The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) will invest GBP4m between eighteen small and medium-sized UK companies to help them carry out cutting-edge research-and-development projects.

The UK companies will link with partners from 17 different European countries to undertake research and development in a diverse range of technology areas, from biotechnology and healthcare through to transport, energy and electronics.

Explaining the background to the funding, Graham Mobbs, European operations manager at the TSB, said: ‘The Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to small and medium-sized companies.

‘It seeks to overcome one of the major barriers to high-quality transnational research and development led by SMEs – the lack of guaranteed public-sector funding.’ One of the projects to be funded through the Eurostars programme is Maritime Carbon Capture and Storage (Maritime CCS), in which the UK partner is Process Systems Enterprise.

The Technology Strategy Board will invest more than GBP300,000 in this project, which aims to develop and screen alternative designs for carbon capture and storage (CCS) onboard ships in transit, investigating the chemical capture of CO2 and its temporary storage until discharge at a port.

A second project, Fryer Odour Reduction Programme, aims to develop technology to treat contaminated air discharged by the industrial food sector.

This air causes a nuisance and currently requires expensive and energy-consuming treatment such as incineration.

The British company, Techniair, is partnering with two Swedish companies to carry out the development work and the TSB will invest GBP26,000 in the project.

Tilacsys or Through-Ice Location and Communication System is a third Eurostars project and will see Wireless Fibre Systems partner a Norwegian company.

The project, which is to receive nearly GBP450,000 of TSB investment, will develop a wireless system capable of locating and communicating with autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs.

Tilacsys will enable a surface vessel, helicopter or unmanned aerial vehicle to communicate with the AUV through the ice.

The system will greatly de-risk under-ice AUV operations, with major benefits to polar operations in the environmental, oil and gas and security sectors.

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