£ 26million in government funding to boost UK biomass

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Innovative biomass projects across the UK can bid for a share of £ 26million as the government steps up plans to boost the use of materials such as grasses, hemp and seaweed to help the UK United to reach net zero.

Biomass refers to sustainably derived plant material that could be used as fuel to produce energy for heating and powering homes and businesses. Biomass, which is also supported by the Independent Committee on Climate Change, will be an important part of the renewable energy mix, vital for the UK to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The selected projects will boost biomass productivity in the UK through the selection, planting, cultivation and harvesting of organic matter; from water-based materials such as algae, to whole trees through sustainable forestry operations.

The funding, available under phase 2 of the government’s innovation program for biomass feedstocks, will see projects previously supported under phase 1 with government funding to design new ways to boost production. biomass in the first cycle of the program, able to apply for additional support to bring their projects to life.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands said:

Developing greener fuels like biomass is key to helping the UK cut carbon emissions and lower costs for consumers.

This £ 26million government investment will support innovators across the UK, boost jobs and investment, and help ensure we have the local sourcing we need to support our greener reconstruction plans and fight against climate change.

Each project will be able to bid for funding of up to £ 4million, or up to £ 5million for multi-site demonstration projects bids which will showcase new biomass feedstock production projects in multiple locations across the UK.

25 projects located across the country, from start-ups and family businesses to research institutes and universities, have already received a share of £ 4million under Phase 1 of the program. Under phase 2, projects will be developed from the design phase to full demonstration projects, showcasing new methods of cultivating biomass materials, which can be used to generate low-emission energy. of carbon.

The Biomass Feedstocks Innovation program, part of the government’s £ 1bn net zero innovation portfolio, is designed to increase the production of sustainable biomass feedstocks in the UK and accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies from biomass production supported by the program.

Projects supported under Phase 1 included a range of biomass production ideas, such as algae production using wastewater from breweries and dairy industries, seaweed cultivation off the coast North Yorkshire and increasing willow planting and harvesting capacity.

With this new £ 26million government funding announced today, the Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Program will lead to a greater supply of organics from domestic sources rather than using imported materials, successful projects supporting rural economies across the UK, creating jobs and encouraging private sector investment, while helping UK down the road to net zero.

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