Biomass projects receive £37m govt funding boost

The UK Government has awarded £37m in funding for innovative biomass projects, under plans to scale up domestic renewable energy.

Increasing the growth of elephant grass (miscanthus), farming seaweed off the North Yorkshire coast, and increasing the harvesting capacity for willow are among 12 projects receiving a share of the pot under Phase 2 of the Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme.

Biomass, a sustainable plant material, can be used to produce biofuels and sustainable aviation fuels, or to create chemicals for household cleaning products and bio-plastics.

Biomass’ ability to deliver at scale has already been proven, having generated 12.6% of total UK electricity in 2020, forming an important part of our plans to generate more home-grown power and strengthen Britain’s energy security.

Energy Minister, Greg Hands, said: “Accelerating home-grown renewables like biomass is a key part of ending our dependency on expensive and volatile fossil fuels.

“This £37 million of government investment will support innovation across the UK, boosting jobs whilst ensuring greater energy security for years to come.”

Backed by the independent Climate Change Committee, it is hoped that biomass will form an significant part of the UK’s future renewable energy mix.

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