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UK government announces £37m renewable energy fund

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The UK government has announced £37m in funding for the production of sustainable biomass, which can be used as a renewable energy source.

A further £5m will reportedly be used to develop new technologies capable of generating hydrogen from biomass and waste through the Hydrogen BECCS programme.

Some 22 winners of funding from BECCS included the University of Aberdeen, for developing a sustainable process to obtain hydrogen from the organic matter within waste, the University of Leeds for the production of biohydrogen for UK transport and 17Cicada Ltd in Stevenage for its bacteria-focused hydrogen generation study.

Greg Hands, energy minister, 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.”

Biomass can be used to produce low carbon energy, with the government claiming it will play a major role in the UK’s move away from non-renewable energy sources.

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