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Energy: Research

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much aid they have paid, in the last three years for which figures are available, to companies or public bodies conducting research into tidal and wave energy in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Government made £47.42m in expenditure, in the form of aid, to support research into tidal and wave energy, in the United Kingdom, in the years 2010/11—2012/13. In addition, Government made direct investments to develop offshore testing facilities, such as Wavehub, in the South West of England.

Funding organisation 2010/11 (£m) 2011/12 (£m) 2012/13 (£m)
Research Councils UK 8.04 2.38 4.28
Energy Technologies Institute* 2.34 3.42 3.30
Technology Strategy Board 3.50 4.19 3.29
Department of Energy and Climate
Change 12.6 - 0.08
Total: £47.42 26.48 9.99 10.95

* The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership. 50% of the ETI's funding is received from the Department for Business and Innovation's (BIS's) sponsored Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Research Councils UK (RCUK). The figures provided only represent the public contribution to the ETI for expenditure on tidal and wave energy.

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