UK govt makes GBP 2m available for bioenergy innovation
Oct 8, 2012 - UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on Monday launched a GBP-2-million (USD 3.2m/EUR 2.5m) scheme to support innovation in bioenergy production on wetlands.
Harvested material from wetlands, which are maintained in several regions of the UK to provide environment for wildlife, can be used to generate energy rather than go to waste, DECC says. The scheme is in line with the government's 2012 bioenergy strategy, which projects that some 8-11% of the country's overall primary energy demand could come from sustainably sourced bioenergy by 2020.
The scheme has three phases. Under the first phase, organisations can bid for up to GBP 50,000 to turn pre-commercial design ideas into project plans. Those with successful designs then can apply for up to GBP 1 million under phase two to perform trials of their project idea. Under phase three, successful organisations can bid for additional funding to improve designs and conduct further tests.
The deadline for applications is November 14, while the phase one winning bids will be announced in December.