Steatite secures Innovate UK funding to develop a zero-emission powertrain solution for Non-Road Mobile Machinery

Steatite is delighted to announce it has secured funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, for the development of its battery powertrain solution for Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM). 

The company’s Power business unit will develop a modular battery pack with a tailored Battery Management System (BMS) which will be combined with a British sourced bespoke electric motor, providing a scalable, modular, zero emission power train solution. This powertrain will initially be installed woodchipper manufactured by Greenmech Ltd, Europe’s leading woodchipper manufacturer with the aim to be the first UK manufactured zero emission industrial woodchipper. The initial development process is expected to take 3 months.

In the longer term the 100% UK designed and manufactured off-the-shelf powertrain using scalable modular batteries, will be available for a multitude of light industrial plant equipment.

Matthew Richards, Steatite’s Managing Director comments: “With the UK government’s commitment to achieve a net zero carbon emission economy by 2050, many highly polluting sectors are now falling under the spotlight, such as small plant equipment. The move from fossil fuels to electric battery power will render these machines carbon neutral, aiding the reduction in pollution, particularly within the urban environment where many of these machines are operated. Steatite is once again driving world-class British innovation and playing our part in the net zero goal. The Innovate UK involvement has enabled us to accelerate our research and development in this sector supporting British jobs.”

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