The biggest ever single UK public investment in bioenergy
research has been announced today by the main funding agency for the
biosciences – the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research
The £27M BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre has been launched to
provide the science to underpin and develop the important and emerging
UK sustainable bioenergy sector – and to replace the petrol in our cars
with fuels derived from plants.
bioenergy offers the potential to provide a significant source of
clean, low carbon and secure energy, and to generate thousands of new
‘green collar’ jobs. It uses non-food crops, such as willow, industrial
and agricultural waste products and inedible parts of crops, such as
straw, and so does not take products out of the food chain.
of State for Science and Innovation, Lord Drayson, said: "Investing £27
million in this new centre involves the single biggest UK public
investment in bioenergy research. The centre is exactly the sort of
initiative this country needs to lead the way in transforming the
exciting potential of sustainable biofuels into a widespread technology
that can replace fossil fuels.
"The centre is a
great example of the UK investing in innovative areas which have the
benefits of creating new green collar jobs as well as helping us to
meet the global challenges of climate change and reducing carbon
The BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre is
focussed on six research hubs of academic and industrial partners,
based at each of the Universities of Cambridge, Dundee and York and
Rothamsted Research and two at the University of Nottingham. Another 7
universities and institutes are involved and 15 industrial partners
across the hubs are contributing around £7M of the funding.
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