The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has opened applications for a share of £19m Government funding to support innovation in energy efficiency, storage and low carbon generation.
Energy secretary Edward Davey (left) said: “This funding will get ideas off the ground and into the market, create new green jobs, and help the UK get ahead in the innovation global race.”
“An ambitious and driven small business sector can steer the economic recovery in the right direction. So I want to see Britain’s brightest and best SMEs sending in their applications.”
The selected small and medium sized enterprises and start-ups will receive additional funding for incubation support.
The funding represents the second phase of DECC’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, which since its launch in Autumn 2012 has allocated £16m to projects including energy and heat storage facilities, tidal turbine testing, a thermally-insulating window and an ‘Eco power shower’.
Davey launched the second phase of the fund on Thursday (13 June) while visiting Yorkshire Water near Bradford to see their facility, whichprocesses blends of sewage sludge by thermal hydrolysis and anaerobic digestion. The project received £1m in the previous round of funding.
Applications for the second phase will be assessed on the basis of the projects’ potential impact on 2020 and/or 2050 low carbon targets or security of supply, among others criteria. Projects can have a maximum value of £1m for work completed by 31st March 2015.
The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) welcomed the announcement and praised Davey’s decision to visit an AD plant for the launch of the second phase of the fund.
“There is a huge amount of innovation across the AD sector, and programmes such as the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund which support this are very welcome,” said Charlotte Morton, ADBA chief executive.
“The UK AD market is already contributing hugely to green economic growth having almost doubled in size in the past year, and with the right support has the potential realise huge export markets in future years.”
Guidance and applications forms for the fund can be found here.