Taeda Tech Project – Soilless Cultivation for Rapid Biomass Feedstock Production

Led by University of Surrey

Taeda LogoTaeda Tech Project is an exciting, £4m innovation developing a novel aeroponic technology that can rapidly grow superior cuttings for energy crops to help the UK transition to cleaner energy technologies. Our innovation grows short rotation coppice (SRC) cuttings, using only water and nutrients, at a higher yield on a smaller land footprint than traditional field growing. Furthermore, the innovations and processes developed will open up new crop possibilities for the agricultural and forestry sectors looking to support reforestation and rewilding and enhance breeding programmes

The project is being funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (a UK government department) through their Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme, which is a £36 million programme and part of their larger £1 billion

Taeda Tech project is a collaborative demonstration project, led by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at University of Surrey. The project is bringing together a team of leading academic and industrial partners including Rothamsted Research, Aberystwyth University, Forest Research, NIAB, UK Urban AgriTech, LettUs Grow, NMC2, Glideology and CapitalAgri.

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