The Government is backing bioenergy to play a key role in the
UK's future energy mix, pledging £10m towards an
EU scheme that aims to encourage development of bioenergy projects
and trigger significant private investment in the technology.
In addition, seven British entrepreneurs are to share £292,000
funding under Phase One of the DECC's 'biomass to
According to the Government's bioenergy strategy, sustainably
sourced bioenergy could make up about 11 per cent of the UK's
energy mix by 2020. But ministers recognise that more investment
is needed to drive further innovation, and Energy Minister Greg
Barker said: "It's great to see that seven organisations
have come forward with exciting and innovative ideas to drive
The pan-European scheme involves seven other EU member states
and will inject a total of EUR47m into stimulating bioenery projects,
in the hope of attracting up EUR100m of private capital. The
UK's contribution is made up of funding from the DECC,
the Technology Strategy Board and the Biotechnology and Biological
Sciences Research Council. Read
more about the 'biomass
to bioenergy' competition winners.
EVENTS & EDUCATION
events combine to highlight industrial sustainability
NEMEX energy Live, IWEX water Live and the new EfW Expo energy
from waste Live make up the Sustainability Live event at the NEC
in April. More?
training courses focus on efficient bearing selection
Bearings company Schaeffler has announced details of its new UK
technical training course programme for 2013. More?
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
meters help development of low energy products
Yokogawa's latest power meters are designed to help manufacturers
build greater energy efficiency into their products. More?
drive and motor use single cable link for high efficiency
An integrated motion solution developed by Rockwell Automation
uses less energy, reduces the application footprint and simplifies
system wiring. More?
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
lamps cut the cost of lighting hazardous environments
Energy efficient lighting specialist Cooper Crouse-Hinds has extended
its AB12 series of T8 fluorescent lamps with a T8 LED Ex-approved
treatment building design maximises energy efficiency
Designed for lower running costs, Keighley Laboratories' new
heat treatment processes building is now under construction at
its West Yorkshire HQ. More?
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
improve thermal and kinetic energy recovery
Super precision bearings are playing a key role in both thermal
and kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS), particularly in the
automotive sector. More?
chargers boost performance of electric buses
ABB fast chargers are being used to double the range of award-winning
electric buses - and cut the cost of recharging. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
network adds energy management capability
Energy management functions have been added to CC-Link, the open
automation network, to create a combined energy and production
control system. More?
helps businesses cut emissions and energy costs
The Carbon Trust and Credit360 have launched Value Chain Manager,
which combines Cloud-based sustainability software with carbon
reduction data. More?
pumps help university meet its CO2 targets
A ground source heat pump installation from GI Energy is helping
Coventry University meet its carbon reduction targets. More?
projects recognised in industry awards
Pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline and CHP specialist ENER-G
have won industry recognition for excellence in low carbon energy
FUNDING & FINANCE
funding to back bioenergy development scheme
In partnership with seven other EU countries, the UK has pledged £10m
towards a scheme to develop innovative bioenergy projects. More?
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
validation for FLIR Systems' thermography courses
FLIR Level 1 and 2 thermography courses have been validated by
BINDT against its minimum standards for training condition monitoring