Innovation Projects

Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme Lot 1
Phase 2: Successful Projects

£32million of funding was awarded for the project demonstration stage of the Programme, with up to £4million of funding awarded per lot 1 project and £5 million for the lot 2 multi-site demonstrator platform.

The funding enabled 12 organisations, including 7 small- and medium-sized enterprises, to deliver commercially viable innovations in biomass production.

The competition was separated into 2 lots:

  • lot 1 – innovation projects
  • lot 2 – multi-site demonstrator platform designed to showcase the variety of lot 1 innovation projects in a range of UK locations
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Accelerating Willow Breeding and Deployment (AWBD)
Rothamsted Research
Developing and demonstrating on-farm pelletisation technology to process energy crops and agricultural residues year-round
White Horse Energy
Technologies to Enhance the Multiplication and Propagation of Energy Crops (TEMPEC)
New Energy Farms
EnviroCrops – Biomass Crops decision support and information tool
Miscanspeed – accelerating Miscanthus breeding using genomic selection
Aberystwyth University
Net Zero Willow – Building innovation robotic planting and harvesting machinery to enable the rapid expansion of the SRC biomass feedstock industry
Willow Energy
Optimising Miscanthus Establishment through improved mechanisation and data capture to meet Net Zero targets (OMENZ)
Project BIOFORCE (BIOmass FORestry CrEation): Creating geospatial data systems to upscale national forestry-based biomass production
Verna, Forest Research, and Cranfield University
Taeda Tech Project – Growing woody crops in aeroponics for a sustainable future
University of Surrey
Teesdale Moorland Biomass Project – Gaining value from moorland biomass: novel uses for heather and other upland crops
Transforming UK offshore marine algae biomass production
SeaGrown Limited