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Yorkshire Firms Urged To Apply For Anaerobic Digestion Funding

Businesses across parts of Yorkshire using anaerobic digesters have been urged to apply for funding being made available in a new project.

The Anaerobic Digestion and Circular Economy Yorkshire (ADCEY) project has been established by the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) and the University of York. It is making £600,000 in grants available, Bio-energy News reports.

Money will be divided between 31 fully-funded projects, with small and medium-sized firms based in the Leeds city region, York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding eligible to apply.

The project may help Yorkshire develop significantly as a region for green technology, not least in the case of the East Riding, which is already fast becoming a centre for green energy in fields such as offshore wind.

Demand for pressure relief valve supplies and other important equipment is also likely to increase as the sector expands.

The money is not simply there to help firms install anaerobic digestor (AD) facilities that use current technology. Instead, the projects will seek to develop the technology and its uses further. This will happen through access to the expertise of BDC Professor James Chong’s research group at the university to enable them to increase their capacity and develop new innovations in the sector.

BDC Director Dr Joe Ross said: “This support will help de-risk innovation by SMEs and enable the region’s AD industry to thrive and grow.”

He added that a particular benefit for Yorkshire, a region with a large proportion of farmland, would be to “make the most of feedstocks from the region’s agriculture and the food and drink sectors.”

Professor Chong said the AD sector already makes a “vital contribution” by helping use resources more efficiently and cut carbon emissions.

He added: “By supporting innovation in AD, we can boost both the region’s economy and its sustainability.”

The ADCEY project’s funding has come from the England European Regional Development Fund, which is part of the European Structural and investment Funds Growth Programme for 2014-2020.

Although the UK has left the EU, the fund will still operate until 2023, meaning it can still be accessed now. It will be for the UK government to decide what grant finance support it may put in place of the scheme thereafter.

The BDC expects the biorenewables sector in Europe to expand rapidly over the next decade, with this industry already estimated to be worth €2 trillion (£1.78 trillion). The organisation, established as a subsidiary of the University of York, has made its mission statement to bridge the gap between the development of new technology and the commercial manufacturing stage.

Another fund that us helping develop bioenergy and the circular economy is the Rural Community Energy Fund.

Last month, the Yorkshire Post reported that the Circular Malton & Norton has received money from the fund to help commission a feasibility study on the establishment of an anaerobic digester for businesses in Malton to use.

If the AD facility is established, it will focus on re-using the by-products and waste arising from the local food and agriculture sectors.

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