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Government backs 7 innovative energy efficiency projects

A scheme to increase the number of energy efficient technologies available to industry has backed its first round of projects, from low-grade waste heat recovery to innovative new boiler systems.

A scheme to increase the number of energy efficient technologies available to industry has backed its first round of projects, from low-grade waste heat recovery to innovative new boiler systems.

The seven projects are the first to receive funding through the government’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) scheme, which aims to demonstrate the application of new technologies to reduce energy consumption in British industry.

The winning projects will receive a share of £2.7 million in government funding and over £3 million in additional private sector investment.

Examples of projects include:
• A new system that can recover low-grade waste heat of up to 100ºC from industrial processes and use it to drive an electricity generator, providing zero emission electricity
• The use of ‘electrolysed’ cold water instead of heated water for hygiene applications in the food and drink industry, which could reduce energy consumption for cleaning by up to 90 per cent
• A new type of boiler blowdown system that can more accurately control ‘total dissolved solids’ (TDS) which contribute to poor-quality steam, therefore improving boiler efficiency significantly
• Low carbon multi-component cements made of a combination of limestone, waste and by-products, which have the potential to replace traditional cements in some construction applications.

‘Novel solutions’

Paul Huggins, director of innovation at the Carbon Trust, which manages the IEEA programme alongside engineering consultancy Jacobs, said: “Technology innovation can play an important role in helping UK industry to cut energy use, which not only brings a competitive advantage, but also reduces carbon emissions.

“Through the IEEA we have worked collaboratively with trade associations, industry and technology providers to identify and demonstrate the best innovative opportunities for energy reduction and we look forward to seeing the novel solutions that will be supported through the second phase of the programme.”

It is hoped that the IEEA scheme will eventually unlock more than £300 million of investment into energy saving technologies, delivering lifetime energy savings in excess of £1 billion for British industry.