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UK awards £37m to biomass, hydrogen projects.

Innovative biomass projects and hydrogen production across the UK have been awarded £37m in funding, as the government drives forward its plan to scale up domestic renewable energy.

A total of 12 projects received a share of £32m funding under Phase 2 of the Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme, including a scheme by SeaGrown Limited in Scarborough to farm seaweed off the North Yorkshire coast as a source of biomass.

Other winners include Aberystwyth University in Wales, which received £2m to breed elephant grass for biomass use, and Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Belfast which is developing an app to optimise planting of energy crops.

The 22 winners of the first stage of the Hydrogen BECCS programme have also been announced.

They will receive £5m of total funding to help develop innovative technologies to produce hydrogen, such as from organic waste and bacteria.

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 £37m of government investment will support innovation across the UK, boosting jobs whilst ensuring greater energy security for years to come." (August 4, 2022)