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Fracking innovations win funding

Firms from across the UK have been selected for government funding to develop innovations to boost the fracking process.

Technology strategy board Innovate UK named 19 winners of its competition to find ideas to unlock the potential of shale gas and oil.

These firms will share £2M of state funding to develop their plans. Winning ideas include non-intrusive probing techniques, sensors to detect methane leaks, and glass-based beads to keep fractures open.

Energy minister Matt Hancock said: “Unlocking the shale gas and oil that is deep underground is an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions, increase our energy security and create jobs.

“It must be done safely and securely, so supporting innovation in this sector is vital to help us seize this opportunity.”

Fracking remains controversial but has been backed by the government and was boosted by three new funds announced in the most recent Autumn Statement.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Apparently the way to reduce carbon emissions is to produce more carbon emissions.

    This at the same time as research in Nature indicates that 82% of coal, 49% of gas and 33% of known, extractable reserves must not be burnt in order to prevent dangerous climate change of more than 2C.

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  • People say that fracking is better than oil as in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, but it takes a very small fraction of the gas obtained to leak from the fracking system for fracking to be worse than oil. Why, as a civilised country, are we still planning to make the climate worse? Met office says UK had its warmest ever year last year and NASA says the same globally. Fracking is no solution!

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