Plasma Clean Limited, a high tech spin-out from the University of Manchester, has been awarded a £112,829 Grant for Research and Development from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
Based in the Stockport Business Incubator, the company specialises in odour control and air purification solutions utilizing non-thermal plasma technology.
The funds will allow Plasma Clean to complete the development of its non-thermal plasma system. The technology, aimed at Ultra Pure Gas applications in the manufacture of semi-conductors, flat-panel displays and solar cells, and any other ultra high purity gas application, has already generated significant interest from the UK and abroad.
The work will build on the NWDA research project completed in October 2008, which supported the business in delivering a power supply system capable of producing a highly active plasma discharge using lower power.
The Plasma Clean system, known as Plasma UPG, will eventually be licensed to commercial partners across the world, seeking low power solutions to meet the ever demanding need to enhance process gas purity.
Commenting on the grant, David Glover, Managing Director of the company, was reported to say: “Receiving this award is a great boost for Plasma Clean and will help to deliver a unique product offering which will present significant benefits to our customers worldwide.
In 2006, the company received venture capital backing from YFM, MTF, NESTA and private investors.