Firm seeks funds for test project

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business -

Bourne-based Lark En­ergy is seek­ing funds to test its new re­new­able so­lar ther­mal sys­tem in sunny Mex­ico. Lark­fleet’s ‘so­lar steam’ tech­nol­ogy con­cen­trates the power of the sun’s rays to heat wa­ter to cre­ate steam that can be used in in­dus­trial pro­cesses. The firm, which has just been granted patents for the tech­nol­ogy, is seek­ing fi­nan­cial help for the three year test and demon­stra­tion project that will cost £800,000. It has made its ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing to the Mex­ico-UK Col­lab­o­ra­tive In­dus­trial Re­search and Development Pro­gramme. If the re­quest is suc­cess­ful, Lark­fleet will de­velop the pre-com­mer­cial demon­stra­tor jointly with aca­demic and in­dus­trial part­ners in Mex­ico and with the sup­port of Cran­field Uni­ver­sity and the Queen Mary Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don. The demon­stra­tion of so­lar steam will be car­ried out at a site in More­los in Mex­ico. Lark En­ergy will con­trib­ute £160,000 to the costs. Si­mone Perini, re­new­able en­ergy development en­gi­neer, said: “So­lar steam builds on ex­ist­ing ideas about us­ing so­lar ra­di­a­tion to gen­er­ate heat and takes them a step fur­ther. “We are tak­ing this tech­nol­ogy to a wider mar­ket where it will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the gen­er­a­tion of sus­tain­able re­new­able heat.”

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