A biogas engine that uses a concept similar to the technology featured in the classic movie ‘Back to the Future’ is one of the projects that has won funding from the government.
The system, which uses untreated gas from landfill sites to power a self-supercharged biogas engine, was one of 40 projects chosen to share a £24.5 million fund.
Others include windows that act as solar panels and Europe’s biggest battery storage – all expected to help tackle the so-called energy ‘trilemma’ of reducing carbon emissions, increasing security of supply and cutting the cost of energy.
Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said the projects show the “depth and breadth of British innovation” in the sector.
He added: “Many of these projects are not only UK firsts but world firsts and by supporting them at this early stage, we will ensure the UK reaps the rewards in the future.
“By funding this research we are not only working towards our goal of reducing carbon emissions, but fostering an environment that will create jobs, grow business and maintain the UK’s position at the cutting edge of technological advancement.”
The projects are backed through the first round of Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst.