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Renewable Energy

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on research into alternative energies in each of the last 10 years. (210757)

[holding answer 16 June 2008]: The Department and Research Council expenditure on research into alternative energies since 1996-97 is set out as follows. The technologies included are bioenergy, hydrogen, solar/PV, wave and tidal and wind.

BERR Alternative Energy research spend

Total (£000)

1997-98

4,448

1998-99

3,334

1999-2000

3,914

2000-01

3,954

2001-02

5,217

2002-03

10,495

2003-04

11,234

2004-05

5,673

2005-06

5,453

2006-07

4,539

The Research Council spend, which includes fusion

Total (£000)

1997-98

23,603

1998-99

21,202

1999-2000

21,890

2000-01

25,334

2001-02

24,677

2002-03

26,018

2003-04

27,942

2004-05

34,986

2005-06

35,455

2006-07

43,779

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 to 2009, and in the work of the UK Energy Research Centre which commenced operation in 2004, with a budget of £13.9 million for 2004 to 2009.