05 Oct 2009 09:10:01
Energy efficiency funding for aggregate suppliers
New funding is being offered to companies in the aggregates industry to stimulate the development of new low carbon technologies.
The Carbon Trust has made up to £250,000 available to firms to aid research into new environmental projects.
Accelerating the creation of a market for lower temperature mixed asphalt is among the main challenges for the scheme, as this could save 80 percent of the energy the process usually uses.
Heat recovery for combustion air systems and advanced burner control on asphalt plant, as well as investigating new low carbon transport are other initiatives being focused upon.
Dr Mark Williamson, director of innovations at the Carbon Trust, said: "Our research shows there are specific processes in the aggregates sector where we can have a huge impact on improving efficiency.
"The industry currently has a carbon footprint of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 per annum accounting for about 1.7 percent of UK industry carbon emissions. We are funding new activities to prove the business case for investing in technologies and processes that help reduce these emissions."
The scheme is part of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator.http://tinyurl.com/ya8ofca