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Phase 1 Of Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme Closes

The first phase of the government’s initiative to support the biofuel sector has now closed.


Earlier this year, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy revealed plans to invest £5 million to fund innovation in hydrogen bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technologies. 


The Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme will provide support to the technologies that can use biogeneic feedstocks to produce hydrogen. 


Phase 1 was intended to support several projects and develop a protype demonstration project, which will run during the second phase. 


It provided up to £250,000 for 22 organisations to come up with technology for feedstock pre-processing; gasification components that focus on improving syngas quality; and novel biohydrogen technologies that can be used with carbon capture. These include anaerobic digestion and wastewater treatment. 


Among the applicants for initiative were Biowise Limited, the University of Hull, Advanced Biofuel Solutions, Compact Syngas Solutions Limited and Cranfield University. 


Now that applications are closed, these projects will be put to the test during Phase 2 to see which are most effective and successful. 


The overall initiative forms part of the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. This £1 billion fund offers funding to speed up the development and commercialisation of low-carbon technologies. 


This finance is primarily focused on ten areas, including offshore wind; bioenergy, energy storage and flexibility; nuclear advanced modular reactors; hydrogen, homes; direct air capture and greenhouse gas removal; advanced carbon capture; usage and storage; industrial fuel switching; and disruptive technologies. 


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