Sixteen innovative British companies including electric motorcycle manufacturer Agility Global and biofuel producer Green Fuels look for investors in the US during a mission to Colorado.
Agility Global, promising a 100 per cent clean and green alternative to conventional petrol-guzzling motorbikes, hopes the motorcycle-loving USA will take to their futuristic Saietta motorbike, tipped by some to soon make it into movies.
"We've been working with the next generation of electric technology to develop this model over the past five years," said Agility Global’s chief executive Lawrence Marazzi. "What sets us apart from our competitors is that we have started our design on a clean sheet of paper and the bike is not just derived from the format of traditional motorbikes, which makes us higher performance than a petrol bike."
The Saietta, which means thunderbolt in Apennine Italian, can go from 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds and has a maximum speed of 150mph. The bike can be charged up to 80 per cent in about one hour and a half and can drive up to 250 miles without needing to be recharged.
The company is now looking for additional investment and angel funding to expand.
Biodiesel producer Green Fuels is also part of the week-long mission to the US backed by UK Trade and Investment and the Technology Strategy Board.
The Gloucestershire-based company is a biofuel supplier of the Royal Train and also one of the world leaders in biodiesel production equipment manufacturing. Recently, it has set its sights on aviation biofuels, aiming to provide an alternative to conventional petrol-based fuels and is now looking for partners and investors to help fund the technology development.
"You can make biofuel from anything,” said the company’s CEO James Hygate who founded the company 10 years ago.
"Mineral fuels are running out and planes are not going to be run on batteries any time soon. There are currently no other options for aircrafts other than liquid fuel so if it's going to be sustainable it's got to be biofuel."
He explained the company has already developed the process in the laboratory and is now looking to scale it up for commercialisation.
"We're now looking for funding to get from the research side so we can go on to have a demonstration plant producing this fuel," Hygate said.
The company gained recognition with its waste wine-derived fuel for the vintage Aston Martin driven by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day.
The company's biofuels processors making diesel from used cooking oil have already successfully taken off in Australia and Dubai, where they are being used by McDonald’s outlets.
The Royal Train has been powered by biodiesel derived from waste cooking oil since 2007, while a project with the Prison Service has led to more than 50 prisons in the UK using the company's equipment to recycle waste cooking oil from their kitchens into biofuel for prison vehicles.