GRAPHENE company, G2O Water Technologies, has found the North East Technology Park (NETPark) to be the perfect base from which to take its innovative products to market.
G2O moved its headquarters to the Sedgefield-based park to create a new research and development facility as part of its drive to commercialise its groundbreaking technology.
Andrew Wragg, CEO at G2O, said the close collaborations on the park were a key benefit of moving there. The company is working on two projects with neighbour CPI (Centre for Process Innovation) worth a total of £1.7m.
“It’s extremely beneficial to have CPI on our doorstep as they are also based at NETPark. CPI has given us a tremendous amount of support, with such a huge range of expertise and equipment and being on the same site makes for effective collaborative working.” he said.
G2O was established in 2015, following many years of research into how 2D nano materials, and in particular graphene, can significantly reduce the cost and increase the performance of water filtration. The company’s product helps with the removal of contaminants from water – for example: salts, fats, chemicals, dyes, and surfactants. Its graphene coatings cover a wide range of water filtration processes – from industrial and municipal waste water to domestic drinking water and desalination. The membrane can be tuned to be selective around what it removes.
NETPark, which is run by Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council, was the first choice for the company.
Andrew added: “We looked around northern England for an appropriate base for our technology laboratory and noted the many benefits of locating our team at NETPark. We now have a fully fitted laboratory with all the necessary equipment along with eight scientists to further develop the technology ready for commercialisation. The facilities are excellent and Business Durham has been fabulous, very helpful.”
Brian Archer, managing director of Business Durham, which works on behalf of Durham County Council, said: “G2O found the perfect environment in NETPark to take its product to market and we’re delighted to see it is already taking advantage of the expertise on its doorstep through its collaborations with CPI. One of the fantastic things about the park is the support that companies can give each other, whether it’s mentoring or sharing skills, knowledge and lab space.”