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EM3 backs innovative low carbon technology to support net zero economy

Last updated 06 September 2021
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EM3 has been supporting SMEs across Surrey and Hampshire develop the innovative technology which will support the UK's transition to a carbon net zero economy. 


CASE STUDY: Virtual power plant uses artificial intelligence to cut 130 tonnes of CO2 per year


A virtual power plant which remotely monitor carbon-reducing heat pumps at homes and businesses to help them reach carbon net zero is being tested in the Enterprise M3 area with LEP investment.

Clear Blue Energy’s Heat Enabled Virtual Power Plant (HEVPP) uses machine learning, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things technology to remotely monitor, control and optimise heat pump usage.

Thanks to a £131,000 investment from EM3’s Clean Growth Pilot Programme, the HEVPP is now being trialled across 20 sites, which is expected to reduce 130 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

If successful, the technology, which is aimed at business-to-business clients including house builders, private landlords, local authorities and housing associations, will be rolled out to a further 150 properties.

HEVPP and heat pumps is one of, if not the most, viable option we have for decarbonizing heat which is a massive problem when we look at how we decarbonize the UK as a whole.

We've massively benefited from, and really appreciate, the support we've had from EM3. It's allowed us to put together a consortium of HEVPP manufacturers and energy suppliers and to really crack on with our business development activity.

Adrian Richardson , Director, Clear Blue Energy

CASE STUDY: COVID-safe underground electric vehicle charging


A robotic, underground Electrical Vehicle charger has been developed by IPFT Fuels Ltd with funding and support from EM3.

When a vehicle parks above the charger, the plug on the robotic arm rises and connects to it, initiating Covid-safe, smart and efficient EV charging without human intervention. 

Enterprise M3 LEP funded the project’s Phase 1 and is now supporting IPFT, based at SETsquared Surrey, to secure funding for Phase 2, with a pilot trial in six places.

Enterprise M3 LEP’s support has helped us progress our product development, bringing us closer to market. Letters of support from the LEP have also helped us to secure grant funding from elsewhere. IPFT is very grateful for Enterprise M3 LEP’s encouragement and confidence in our product.

Auroskanda Vepari , IPFT Director

CASE STUDY: EM3 backs drone technology carrying out vital medical care


A Surrey’s company lightweight cell battery that would improve efficiency of drones involved in vital medical care, has received support for funding from Enterprise M3.    

The NHS is the first market seeking to take up the technology from Blue Dolphin (UK) Ltd after the company was awarded a match-funding grant of £40,000 from Greentech South following support from Enterprise M3 for their pitch.

Drones are already being used to reduce costs and transportation time of medical supplies between NHS locations, such as Southampton Hospital and the Isle of Wight.


Hospitals are now able to collect blood samples for analysis and send chemotherapy treatments and equipment by drone.

Dan Horstman , Engineer, entrepreneur and founder of Blue Dolphin

From 1 April 2024, the responsibility for LEP functions across the Enterprise M3 LEP region has transferred to Hampshire County Council and Surrey County Council.

The Enterprise M3 Board met for the last time in March 2024 and Enterprise M3 LEP is no longer operating as an organisation.

For any enquiries relating to economic development across the counties of Hampshire and Surrey, please visit the Hampshire County Council website and Business Surrey respectively.

Please note that Enterprise M3 LEP staff have transferred to Hampshire County Council to continue to deliver services and activities in Hampshire, including the Growth Hub, the Careers Hub, work on key business sectors, and trade and investment.  
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