Houston cleantech company receives grant to harvest waste pressure in the U.K.
The United Kingdom subsidiary of Houston-based cleantech startup Revolution Turbine Technologies has received a $200,000 grant from the U.K.’s Strategic Innovation Fund to help produce zero-emission electricity.
The project, led by Revolution Turbine Technologies (RTT) in tandem with regional utility Northern Gas Networks and British government agency Digital Catapult, will explore installation of RTT’s proprietary micro-turbines within the Northern Gas Networks’ natural gas distribution network. It’ll be the first time RTT’s technology has been introduced into the global market for natural gas distribution.
RTT’s U.K. subsidiary received the grant from the U.K.’s £450 million Strategic Innovation Fund. The fund backs projects that are designed to help U.K. energy systems reach net-zero targets.
RTT’s co-founder and CEO, Christopher Bean, says in a news release that the grant “will accelerate our development efforts and be instrumental in advancing commercialization of our technology.”
The RTT technology set to be added in the U.K. holds the potential to be rolled out in the U.S. and elsewhere in Europe in the effort to combat carbon dioxide emissions, Bean says.
“Launching 40 projects in parallel, involving 100 percent of the UK energy networks, shows we can embrace new approaches, move quickly, and take more calculated risks," says Matt Hastings, deputy director of the Ofgem SIF program at Innovate UK, in the release." We strongly believe we can make the UK the best place in the world to be an energy consumer, and the best place in the world to be an energy entrepreneur. Working together, we can use the Strategic Innovation Fund to help turn the UK into the ‘Silicon Valley’ of energy.
RTT’s cleantech harvests excess pressure in flows of natural gas to generate zero-emission, off-grid electricity for energy pipelines, energy facilities, and gas distribution networks.
RTT was accepted into Greentown Labs Houston’s first group of cleantech startups in 2020. The startup relocated its headquarters from Asheville, North Carolina, to Greentown Labs Houston last year. Also in 2021, John Jeffers and Tim Moor came aboard as co-founders. Jeffers is RTT’s chief marketing officer, and Moor is its chief technology officer.
According to Crunchbase, RTT raised $1.6 million in seed funding in 2015 and an undisclosed amount of seed funding in 2021.