Anaerobic Digestion process technology companies in a list of UK government funded projects announced on 13 June 2012.
Seven companies are each to receive up to £75,000 in government funds to carry out feasibility studies that could lead to the development and commercialisation of innovative approaches to sustainable manufacturing for the process industry.
The reason for this generous funding is that innovation in sustainability is seen as vital for the continued success and growth of the UK process industry. The funding, from the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board (www.innovateuk.org), aims to encourage innovation in manufacturing steps that improve economic performance, benefit the environment and have a positive social impact.
The companies who will be reciving cash for the feasibility studies will be CCm Research Ltd, Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, Crown Packaging UK plc, Fine Organics Ltd, Minus Engineering Ltd, Robinson Brothers Ltd and Victrex plc. In addition to small-scale technical feasibility studies, the funding may also be used to test and develop projects for future larger funding competitions.
There is likely to be more funding to apply for as we are told that these grants are the first part of a £5 million investment in innovative research and development that aims to stimulate sustainable manufacturing and growth in UK process industries. There is a competition for up to £4.6 million grant funding for major collaborative research and development projects which is in progress at the moment and the results are likely to be announced towards the end of August 2012.
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For further information about the Sustainable Manufacturing for the Process Industry competition for feasibility and collaborative research and development competition visit: SMPI.