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Energy Supply: Research

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the Government are spending on (a) nuclear fusion research and (b) research into renewables in 2008-09. (254880)

I have been asked to reply.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills provides funding to the Technology Strategy Board and the research councils. The Technology Strategy Board estimate of expenditure on applied research and development into renewables to date during 2008-09 is £10.9 million. The research councils' estimated expenditure on research and related training in 2008-09 is:

£ million

Nuclear fusion1

35.7

Renewables2

37

1 Includes underspend carried over from 2007-08 and a payment for some work carried out in 2007-08. 2 NB Incomplete as data are not available from all councils. Includes research on networks and energy storage.

In addition, the research councils are providing funding of £13.88 million over the period 2004-09 for the UK Energy Research Centre (which undertakes a range of research relating to sustainable energy, including renewables), and energy is included in the work of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (which has some £15.8 million funding from the research councils over 2000-08). The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Technology Strategy Board also provide funding to the Energy Technologies Institute, which is establishing a portfolio of development projects in low carbon energy technologies, including renewables.

The Carbon Trust, which receives funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, estimate expenditure of £4.1 million in 2008-09 on research into renewables.