The European Commission has awarded Ubiqutek the first phase of their prestigious Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme to explore the feasibility of adopting their electrical weeding technology for agriculture.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available between 2014 and 2020, €3 billion of which is dedicated to the SME Instrument programme. In addition to private investment, the purpose of Horizon 2020 is to deliver more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Andrew Diprose, Executive Director of Ubiqutek, comments: “We are delighted to hear this news and for the opportunity to work with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises on this exciting initiative. Not only does it validate the years of effort my father, Dr Mike Diprose, has invested into this field, but it will allow us to bring the benefits of electrical weed control to Europe and the world. Our technology will allow the agricultural industry to effectively control weeds at a low cost without the use of chemicals. Not only will this have a positive business impact for farmers, but it will bring health benefits to the consumer by facilitating the shift to organic farming to reduce the level of chemicals found in our food chain, water table and environment. Given these benefits and the uniqueness of our proposition, we are hopeful of also being awarded the second phase.“