Futraheat awarded Innovate UK funding for industrial heat pump pilot

Futraheat has secured £689,000 in funding from Innovate UK to develop and deploy its 300kW Greensteam 360 industrial heat pump which takes low-grade waste heat and boosts it by up to 60°C.

Tom Taylor, founder and CEO of Futraheat, with the Turboclaw.
Tom Taylor, founder and CEO of Futraheat, with the Turboclaw.

This delivers useful heat back to the customer and can cut energy use by more than 80%.

The London-based industrial heat pump startup is now looking for a UK industry partner to host the pilot project which will produce low-cost steam up to 150°C.

Futraheat’s high temperature heat pump is built around the firm’s patented TurboClaw compressor technology, which can cost-effectively boost waste heat to above boiling point.

The Greensteam 360 pilot unit will be designed for mass manufacture and will extend the temperature lift to 60°C with a two-stage TurboClaw design.

The Innovate UK funds have been combined with existing cash from clean tech investor Clean Growth Fund, which earlier this year invested £1.5 million in the London company, to deliver what will be a £1 million scheme.

“We are putting out a nationwide call to find an early-mover industrial user who would like to host this groundbreaking £1 million trial,” said Tom Taylor, CEO at Futraheat.

The company is currently testing the Greensteam 330 concept demonstrator at its Surbiton test facility. The Greensteam 330 uses single-stage compression to deliver a 30°C temperature lift.