WRAP launches tender scheme to boost AD innovation

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) has unveiled two tender invitations in a bid to boost innovation in the anaerobic digestion (AD) sector.

The ‘Driving Innovation in AD’ scheme launched today (November 9) and forms part of a series of WRAP led projects, which aim to improve AD processes in line with WRAP’s strong focus on the development and growth of a safe, sustainable and profitable AD industry.

Its latest project aims to encourage individuals or organisations to come forward with ideas which challenge the cost and efficiency of AD technology.

Commenting on the project, WRAP head of organics Ian Wardle, said: “We know that AD is a reliable and safe resource-efficient process, supported by government and industry. However, we believe that there are innovative ways to improve the performance of AD and we hope to find these, developing more profitable businesses within the green economy.”

The first of the projects will focus on optimising all scales of AD to make the process better, quicker and cheaper, resulting in more profitable businesses, while the second aims to challenge the cost and investigate technology options for small scale and rural AD and associated pre and post-processing plant.

As part of the project, WRAP is working in partnership with the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), and the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) on the small scale AD projects.

WRAP is now calling on those with “ideas, comments or suggestions” to come forward. More information on the programme can be found at: www.wrap.org.uk/diad

Carys Matthews

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