UK news

Funding announced for Marine Energy – Supporting Array Technologies

The UK government is to invest over £10 million in new research and development to help demonstrate that wave and tidal energy can be generated at scale, and with lower energy production costs. The funding – from the Technology Strategy Board, Scottish Enterprise and the Natural Environment Research Council – will support the successful deployment and operation of the first series of wave and tidal arrays while complementing other public funding initiatives such as the Department for Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Marine Energy Array Deployment capital grant scheme, the Energy Technologies Institute’s (ETI) wave and tidal energy system demonstrator programmes and the Scottish Government's Saltire Prize.

A consortium building event will be held at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, on 15th & 16th February. This event will allow potential competition participants to network, discuss common areas of interest, work on potential project collaboration and help bring together consortium groups. More information and registration details can be found here.

The competition opens on 5th March 2012 and a briefing event to provide more information to prospective applicants will be held in London on 14th March 2012. The deadline for registration is 10th April 2012 and expressions of interest must be submitted by 17th April 2012. More information on the funding can be found here.

New Report on Low Carbon Heat

A report entitled ‘Low Carbon Heating: Commercial Opportunities and Challenges for the UK’ from the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network, is published in advance of the Government’s Low Carbon Heat Strategy. In 2008, 47% of the UK’s energy consumption was used for heating, with most demand being met through the direct burning of fossil fuels. As the Government seeks to achieve its ambitious target of an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, low carbon technologies look set to become more and more important. The report:

The report can be downloaded from here.