UK biomass projects will receive £4 million (€4.6 million) in government funding as part of a £92 million (€107 million) investment to support three new ‘innovation challenges’ in the green energy sector.
The government funding will drive forward the next generation of technologies that will help the UK transition to clean, green energy to tackle climate change, including biomass production, energy storage technology, and floating offshore wind.
The new challenges will help develop innovative technologies that will reduce the costs of deploying them across the energy sector, support thousands of highly-skilled jobs across the UK, grow the economy, and deliver Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan.
Biomass projects will benefit from £4 million (€4.6 million) government investment aimed at increasing the production of sustainably sourced biomass in the UK – supporting local economies and regional growth, as well as creating jobs in rural areas.
In a statement, the government said biomass is a ‘key component’ for the UK to achieve its decarbonisation commitments, with the Climate Change Committee stating that sustainable biomass can play a significant role in meeting long-term climate targets. Innovations will help scale-up sustainably sourced biomass feedstocks and the production of energy crops – including forestry – as well as helping to achieve improvements in yields, cost reductions, and profitability.
“The UK’s energy innovators have been vital to us becoming a world-leader in clean green technology, helping us to go further and faster as we tackle climate change,” said Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
“The funding will allow us to develop new ways of unlocking the potential for green energy as we continue making big strides towards our goal of eradicating our contribution to climate change by 2050.”
Of the £92 million (€107 million) investment, £68 million (€79.3 million) will be allocated to the development of energy storage technologies to support a future renewable energy system. These innovations will accelerate the commercialisation of a ‘first-of-a-kind’ storage that can hold energy from wind turbines and solar panels, as well as heat, over long periods of time, including months and years, until it is needed by consumers.