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Renewable Energy: Research

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding was provided by his Department for research and development into renewable energy technologies in each year since 1990, broken down by type. (136243)

The Department and Research Councils expenditure on R and D on renewable energy technologies from 1996 is set out in the following tables. It has not been possible to collate expenditure since 1990 in the time available at proportionate cost.

DTI Renewable energy R and D expenditure

£

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

Bioenergy

2,575,853

1,464,922

1,193,500

1,664,159

1,353,942

1,348,962

Hydrogen

141,884

56,950

79,965

137,731

60,269

129,626

Solar/PV

1,889,415

1,672,937

1,006,877

1,282,761

1,265,798

1,522,106

Wave and Tidal

54,865

7,670

95,649

20,442

360,849

968,033

Wind

2,377,360

1,246,222

957,769

808,587

912,822

1,247,901

Total

7,039,377

4,448,701

3,333,760

3,913,680

3,953,680

5,216,628

£

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Bioenergy

1,637,073

1,604,705

974,222

879,123

301,055

Hydrogen

200,391

85,244

33,045

8,088

Solar/PV

4,484,914

3,130,705

1,970,338

1,782,327

1,127,622

Wave and Tidal

2,744,782

5,018,572

1,235,488

1,655,194

2,257,894

Wind

1,427,651

1,394,696

1,459,598

1,136,774

844,752

Total

10,494,811

11,233,922

5,672,691

5,453,418

4,539,411

Research Councils energy R and D expenditure

£000

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Biofuel

0

0

0

22

52

144

135

92

184

Biomass

447

871

736

601

701

783

1,043

1,158

1,840

CHP

4

36

63

77

267

357

226

71

51

CO2 sequestration

0

0

0

23

42

78

30

966

1,072

Fuel cells

888

1,012

703

899

1,145

1,468

1,193

917

1,207

Hydrogen and other Vectors

30

136

59

83

319

517

1,494

1,477

1,499

Solar

1,440

1,286

1,076

1,134

1,130

1,157

1,453

1,503

1,534

Photovoltaic

2,255

3,002

2,760

2,992

3,536

2,770

2,381

2,676

2,531

Wave and tidal

0

157

175

301

606

617

830

995

1,026

Wind

200

226

178

261

330

490

482

243

125

Waste

66

10

40

40

96

125

169

154

79

Geothermal

0

0

0

40

65

64

73

79

106

Storage

326

650

670

838

889

810

730

467

789

Networks

1,348

1,168

1,081

919

1,115

1,388

1,805

2,390

3,666

Other renewable

0

49

49

128

28

28

28

30

114

Total renewable

7,003

8,602

7,590

8,356

10,319

10,795

12,072

13,218

15,823

In addition the Research Councils have supported further research relating to energy in the work of the Tyndall Centre for climate change research, which has some £15.6 million funding from Research Councils over 2000-09, and in the work of the UK Energy Research Centre which commenced operation in 2004, with a budget of £13.9 million for 2004-09.