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Energy Programme logoThe Energy Programme funds a wide spectrum of energy research and training, bringing together investments across the research councils. Its portfolio is developed in partnership with industry and public sector organisations to provide an innovation chain with routes for development of our outputs. Energy Programme research is funded through activities that provide a managed approach to developing the portfolio, often with the formation of multidisciplinary consortia.

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Engineering Synthetic Microbial Communities for Biomethane Production

A BBSRC-funded team at the University of Warwick is investigating how to use methane-producing microbes, known as methanogens, to generate renewable biofuels.

July 21, 2014
STFC announces 4 new projects aimed at solving energy challenges

STFC is pleased to announce the awarding of up to £1.5M of funding to 4 exciting multi-disciplinary projects under the Challenge Led Applied System Programme (CLASP) to meet specific challenges in the energy sector.

June 25, 2014
Hydrogen breakthrough could be a game-changer for the future of car fuels

UK researchers today announced what they believe to be a game changer in the use of hydrogen as a "green" fuel. A new discovery by scientists at the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), offers a viable solution to the challenges of storage and cost by using ammonia as a clean and secure hydrogen-containing energy source to produce hydrogen on-demand in situ.

June 23, 2014
Minister Turns Miner to See Cosmic Solution to Carbon Challenge

Energy Minister Michael Fallon today descended into STFC’s Boulby Underground Laboratory – the UK’s deep underground multi-disciplinary science facility housed in Britain’s deepest mine – to witness a key milestone in the search for solutions to the problem of carbon emissions.

June 13, 2014
New insights into biomass breakdown

BBSRC-funded scientists at the University of York are playing a key role in the quest for a better understanding of how a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars.

June 9, 2014
RCUK commits £14 million to UK Energy Research Centre

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) will continue to act as the focal point of UK energy research following the announcement today of a further £14 million of funding from three research councils EPSRC, NERC and ESRC via the RCUK Energy Programme.

May 29, 2014
Great British Bioscience: Bioenergy

BBSRC has supported world-leading bioscience for over two decades. In a series of articles during its 20th anniversary, we will be exploring a variety of ways that BBSRC helps to deliver impact from research. In this article we look at bioenergy.

May 28, 2014
Pre-announcement of Valuing Natural Capital in Low Carbon Energy Pathways Programme

A call for a research programme 'Valuing Natural Capital in Low Carbon Energy Pathways' is soon to be announced.

May 15, 2014
New SUPERGEN hub to set UK’s energy storage course

RCUK Energy Programme unveils new £4 million academic-industry collaboration to develop research and technologies in Energy Storage

May 7, 2014
Bioenergy experts gather for successful conference

Leading scientists from the world of bioenergy gathered in Manchester earlier this month for the International Bioenergy Conference 2014.

March 25, 2014
UK and China agree £20 million Low Carbon Innovation programme

NSFC/EPSRC sign MOU for research into low carbon manufacturing processes and technologies, low carbon cities and offshore renewables.

March 6, 2014
Energy consumers could have lost out by £2 billion per year

Research findings contributed to a change in Ofgem policy that ended an energy competition clause that was potentially costing households up to £2 billion a year. This month sees the publication of the first annual competition review into the energy sector.

March 4, 2014
NERC signs MoU with multinational energy company Shell
NERC has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with global energy company Shell.
February 7, 2014
Significant step forward in biofuels quest
BBSRC-funded scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels.
December 23, 2013
£18M for 13 unique industry-academia Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
BBSRC has funded 13 unique collaborative to boost interaction between the academic research base and industry, promoting the translation of research into benefits for the UK.
December 18, 2013
First International Bioenergy Conference brings together world-leading experts
World-leading bioenergy researchers are coming together for the first UK multidisciplinary, integrated, science-led International Bioenergy Conference on 11-13 March 2014 in Manchester, UK.
December 9, 2013
NERC supports growth with responsible environmental management in energy sector
NERC is funding research, skills and technologies, aimed at helping the oil and gas sector put environmental science at the heart of responsible management of our planet.
November 28, 2013
Synthetic biology, green algae and seaweed provide promise for sustainable fuels of the future
UK and India collaborate in sustainable bioenergy research
November 13, 2013
Energy research prospectus published

The RCUK Energy Strategy Fellowship team, based at Imperial College London, published its report ‘Investing in a brighter energy future: energy research and training prospectus’ on Tuesday 12 November 2013.

November 13, 2013
Chickens to benefit from biofuel bonanza

Chickens may benefit from the growing biofuels market thanks to research showing bioethanol plants producing useful protein-rich feeds

October 31, 2013

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