Report Archive | 2012

Technology Innovation Needs Assessment – Bioenergy

This report is a Technology Innovation Needs Assessment (TINA) prepared for the Low Carbon Innovation Co-ordination Group (LCICG), in order to identify and value the key innovation needs in the UK bioenergy sector.

The report concludes that bioenergy is a promising renewable energy source which could contribute significantly to UK gas, power, transport fuel and heat demands, while its actual uptake is subject to significant innovation and market uncertainties. It is shown that increasing the availability of sustainable feedstocks is an important requirement across a wide range of scenarios.

The value of innovation to the UK from reducing energy system costs is calculated to be £42bn, and international business development is calculated to provide a further £19bn to the UK. Significant market barriers are identified which could restrict the UK from realising these domestic savings and international markets.

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Securing the supply chain for wind and solar energy (RE-SUPPLY)

Global ambitions for PV and wind deployment could be thwarted by bottlenecks in the global supply chains for these technologies. A major study conducted by E4tech for the IEA-RETD takes a long term global view of supply chains and recommends vital and often urgent steps needed to avoid bottlenecks. For wind the report finds that one of the most important solutions to tackle the highly critical bottlenecks in the supply chain is clear and long-term support policies that could de-risk the high capital investment required to expand supply chain capacity. PV’s greatest bottlenecks relate to scarcity of materials and the report suggests increased emphasis on recycling and recovery as well as enhanced R&D into alternative cell materials. The “RE-SUPPLY” report, which E4tech produced in cooperation with Avalon Consulting, was released in November 2012 and can be downloaded for free from the RETD website.

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