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Anaerobic digestion efficiency project launched

WRAP has opened tender invitations for projects to increase the efficiency and reduce the costs of anaerobic digestion (AD) technology.

The Driving Innovation in AD challenge programme aims to identify technologies, processes and modifications that can enhance the AD process.

Ian Wardle, head of Organics at WRAP, said: “We know that AD is a reliable and safe resource efficient process, supported by Government and industry. However, we believe that there are innovative ways to improve the performance of AD and we hope to find these, developing more profitable businesses within the green economy.”

The first of the two tenders is for a project to focus on “optimising all scales of AD to make the process better, quicker and cheaper, resulting in more profitable businesses.”

The second will “challenge the cost and investigate technology options for small scale and rural AD and associated pre and post-processing plant.”

WRAP, the government-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme, will work in conjunction with the Small Business Research Initiative and the Royal Agricultural Society of England to complete the projects.

Successful ideas that show most benefits and potential in feasibility studies will go forward to demonstration projects.

Chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association Charlotte Morton welcomed the initiative:

“We are very pleased that WRAP is providing this vital funding to help drive further innovation in the AD industry and ensure that this gets out from universities into industry. Now, more than ever, good communication of research findings and collaboration between industry and academia is essential, so that we can learn from and direct future research to where it is needed.

“It is clear that there is a vast amount of valuable research being done in our universities which could significantly improve the performance of the AD industry in the UK and help Britain to become a world leader in this technology. With the potential to create 35,000 jobs in the UK alone, now is absolutely the right time to be supporting innovation in this industry.”

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