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Grant award for sensor developer

£1m backs Pyreos project with Imperial

John PhairSensor developer Pyreos has been awarded a grant of almost £1 million to pave the way for a joint project with nanotechnology innovators at Imperial College in London.

The company, spun out of Siemens in 2007, has received the £950,000 award from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

Pyreos, which is based at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre in Edinburgh, is the world’s only supplier of thin-film pyroelectric sensors.

These are used in a variety of industrial and consumer products ranging from devices that detect flames or analyse foodstuffs, through to switches and other electronics that monitor gestures and presence. 

The new project includes a third partner, an Oxford-based SME.

The award comes after Pyreos secured £1.8m of funding last year from new and existing shareholders to help expand the business. That followed a £2.5m funding package from investors in 2015. 

As well as raising the potential for further jobs, the Innovate UK grant highlights the high regard for Scottish technology in a ground-breaking sector.

Dr John Phair, chief technical officer (pictured), said: ‘”The purpose of the project is to advance state-of-the-art techniques.” 

Innovate UK is sponsored by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. 

Imperial College London is renowned for its nanoscience and nanotechnology research.

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