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UK Government Funds Green Technology Development

UK funds carbon emission removal technology

Projects across the UK will benefit from a share of over £54 million to develop technologies that remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere, which includes but is not restricted to, vertical farming technologies. 

As per a recent statement, a total of 15 projects right across the UK, from Edinburgh to Exeter, Swindon to Sheffield, will benefit from a share of over £54 million to develop technologies that remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere, the UK government has announced on Friday. This government support will encourage further private investment into the UK, the creation of new green jobs in these regions, and help the UK meet its emission reduction targets.

The money will help projects further develop their greenhouse gas removal technologies, which include a machine that can pull carbon dioxide out of the air, a plant to convert household waste into hydrogen for use in the transport industry, and a system to remove carbon dioxide from seawater.

“This £54 million (USD 60 million) government investment announced today will help establish a greenhouse gas removal industry in the UK, which could be worth billions to our economy, bringing in private investment and supporting the creation of new green jobs.” – The Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands said

The competition is worth a total of £60 million: in phase one, 23 winners received a share of £5.6 million. Of those, 15 have progressed to phase two and will receive a share of the £54.4 million announced today to bring their technologies to life, taking their projects through to the demonstration phase, and towards the successful commercialisation of their technologies.

SAC Commercial

  • Location: Scotland
  • Project Funding: £2,934,428.75
  • Title: GreenShed

Project summary

GreenShed addresses the need for the livestock farming sector to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions whilst improving productivity, by developing an integrated low carbon, circular, cattle and vertical farming system, which captures methane (Global Warming Potential (GWP) 26 times greater than carbon dioxide (CO2) over 100 years) from housed cattle and utilises its combustion outputs (heat, power, CO2) to yield low carbon produce (meat, vegetables/fruits) and optimise resource efficiency. If implemented across the sector this could equate to 50% GHG reduction from these systems. No system currently captures and scrubs methane from housed cattle, and utilises outputs from its combustion (heat, power, CO2).

Some of the other innovative projects receiving funding today include:

  • Advanced Biofuel Solutions in Swindon will receive £4.75 million for a plant that can convert gas from household waste into low carbon hydrogen for use in the transport industry
  • Mission Zero Technologies in London will receive £2.9 million to build a machine that can pull carbon dioxide out of the air
  • The University of Exeter will receive nearly £3 million to develop their ‘SeaCURE’ system to remove carbon dioxide from seawater

Greenhouse Gas Removal technology will be essential to meeting the UK’s climate change target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. While the government is working hard to decarbonise the UK and boost energy security by accelerating the move away from fossil fuels, these technologies will be necessary to offset emissions from hard to decarbonise areas, such as parts of the agriculture and aviation sectors.

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