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John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the status is of the OM Energy projects; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government support for OM Energy.

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Ian McCartney (Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Makerfield, Labour)

Phase one of the OM Energy project has progressed well with its objectives being fully met including academic validation of the technology; the establishment of a UK company; the securing of private seed capital investment; the filing of a worldwide patent; and the design of a next generation laboratory prototype. Phase two will begin shortly and discussions are under way with top UK engineering firm to evaluate potential market applications and the design of commercial prototype.

Government support has been effective because much of this activity was achieved with assistance from UK Trade and Investment's Global Entrepreneur Programme. This has seen the formation of a pioneering UK company, developing an exciting technology in the renewable energy sector.


colin preece
Posted on 1 May 2007 12:16 pm (Report this annotation)

Yes the question has been answered but Mr. hemming is my member of parliament and he fails to ask the house my question.

What assistance is being given by the UK Trade and Investment's Global Entrepreneur Programme to the establishment of regional hemp biomass for ethanol, paper and textiles?

This is a project which could minimise local and regional government environmental/carbon footprints if they were to use tree free hemp pulp for paper, Seed for ethanol and and fibre for textiles.

It would boost regional farmers incomes, create employment in processing and sales while also minimising importation of foreign wood pulp/paper, ethanol from Brazil and textiles from all over the world.

Regionally produced and processed hemp products will have the same virtues as locally produced organic products found at open markets and some large stores that stock locally produced foods.

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