Update UK - £2million aimed at spurring on innovation in bioenergy

Entrepreneurs across the UK are being invited to bid for a share of £2million aimed at spurring on innovation in bioenergy. As set out in the UK Government’s 2012 bioenergy strategy, sustainably sourced bioenergy could contribute around 8-11% to the UK’s total primary energy demand by 2020. More investment is however needed in research, development and demonstration projects to drive forward innovation and improve efficiency, from methods used to harvest plants for energy production to the systems used to generate power from these sources. Thommy Weiss / pixelio.de The UK Government’s £2million scheme is aimed specifically at encouraging innovation in bioenergy production on wetlands. Wetland areas are currently maintained in several parts of Britain to provide a rich environment for wildlife such as wading birds, water voles and warblers and the harvested material from these sites can be used to produce energy. This new investment is aimed at inspiring innovation in harvesting and energy generation methods, using plants already being grown which would otherwise go to waste. The scheme is split into three phases: PHASE 1: Applicants can apply for up to £50,000 to get pre-commercial design ideas off the drawing board and into more formalised project plans. There is only one window for applications, so anyone with an interest in bidding for support for bioenergy to biomass will need to submit an application at phase 1. PHASE 2: Applicants awarded money under phase 1 will need to produce a report on their ideas and analysis which will be assessed by a panel of experts. Organisations with successful designs will be invited to continue to develop their proposals at phase 2 and can bid for up to £1million to get trials of their chosen project idea up and running on the ground ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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