WRAP is seeking tenders for innovative solutions to improve the efficiency and costs of anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities.
Projects from across the UK are being invited for the second round of the Driving Innovation in AD programme, part of Defra’s AD Action Plan.
Bids are being sought in four areas:
- Adapting existing technologies to provide cost effective solutions at smaller (or larger) scale facilities, for example pasteurisation, dewatering, depackaging
- Commercially viable techniques to enhance digestate for higher value markets eg separating the chemical constituents within digestate
- Processes and technologies that make heat use more feasible and efficient such as heat storage for off-site use
- Fast-tracking technologies that are at the end of the research and development stage but are yet to move into full scale commercial use.
Ian Wardle, head of organics and energy-from-waste at WRAP, said: “There are still a number of barriers facing operators. Access to funding, opportunities for technology transfer from other sectors and a lack of operational data are just a few examples.
“By taking the right projects through to commercial demonstration, we can help improve the performance of AD and develop more profitable businesses. This will help the industry position itself as a key area of growth in the green economy.