The company, spun out from German industrial firm Siemens in 2007, has received the £950,000 award from Innovate UK. It paves the way for a joint project with nanotechnology innovators at Imperial College in London, aimed at further enhancing the capabilities of ultra-sensitive PZT materials used in the production of pyroelectric thin films.
Pyreos, which is based at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre at the University of Edinburgh’s Kings Buildings campus, is the world’s only supplier of thin-film pyroelectric sensors.
The sensors are used in a wide variety of industrial and consumer products ranging from devices that detect flames or analyse gases, through to spectrometers which analyse foodstuffs, engine oils and blood.
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, and Pyreos’ role in commercialising ultra-sensitive PZT materials across a range of uses...