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Renewable Energy: Coventry

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to assist research into green technology in Coventry. (281149)

I have been asked to reply.

The Technology Strategy Board currently supports 35 collaborative R&D projects that have a focus on green technologies and where each includes at least one participant from the Coventry postcode area. The total project costs are £85.6 million (£22.2 million for Coventry participants) with the Technology Strategy Board providing grant support of £41.8 million (£11.1 million for Coventry participants).

The Research Councils currently support 16 energy research projects in the Coventry postcode area that have a focus on green technologies. These have a total grant value of £4.7 million. The Research Councils also support one programme in plasma physics to the value of £5 million, one SUPERGEN consortium looking at excitonic solar cells to the value of £3.4 million, and two other general research projects that have a focus on green technologies to the value of £700,000.

The Department has also helped fund green technology initiatives through Advantage West Midlands (AWM).

A Hydrogen Energy Project—a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick—is being delivered by the Birmingham Science City initiative and has received £ 10.5 million funding from AWM.

AWM is also about to launch the Renewable Energies Supply Chain Opportunities (RESCO) programme. Delivered by Staffordshire University, RESCO is designed to support companies in the supply chains of renewable energies. The £1.4 million project is targeted at the whole of the West Midlands but a significant strand of activity will take place in Coventry.

AWM also fund several projects that are led by Coventry centres to support the development of low carbon vehicles. These have total project costs of £37.2 million and AWM funding of £19.7 million.