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UK Government allocates £5m for hydrogen-from-biomass projects

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The UK Government has launched a new programme to develop hydrogen from sustainable biomass from waste.

Backed with £5 million (€5.9 million) in funding, the new Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme will support the development of technologies to produce hydrogen via bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

Hydrogen BECCS technologies will have a key role to play in the UK’s net-zero emissions goals, the government said, providing hydrogen as a clean fuel for hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as transport and heavy industry.

Applicants from small businesses and large companies to research institutions and universities can bid for a share of £5 million (€5.9 million) under Phase 1 of the Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme. Each project can bid for up to £250,000 (€299,000) to help develop their project plans and demonstrate the feasibility of their proposed innovation. The second phase will provide further funding to the most promising Phase 1 projects to demonstrate their projects.

“This innovative technology offers incredible potential for removing CO2 from the atmosphere, crucial to reaching our net-zero goals,” said Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands.

“This government will help support the development of this new technology in the UK, boosting green jobs and investment while slashing carbon emissions.”