Anaerobic Digestion and Circular Economy Yorkshire project

Are you looking to optimise or develop new innovative products or processes for the anaerobic digestion industry? Do you need access to the expertise and the state-of-the-art scale-up and analytical facilities to help in researching or developing AD innovations? Are you an SME based in Yorkshire? The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) and the University of York might help you. 

The BDC and the University of York offers fully funded projects worth around 2 days of work (to the value of £1,500 – £2,000) to eligible SMEs in the Yorkshire region. The bespoke desk or lab-based support can help the SMEs to develop, test and optimise innovative products and processes for the anaerobic digestion sector. The funding can also help to review novel anaerobic digestion technologies, policy regulations, provide access to training opportunities or networking opportunities at trade shows.

Yorkshire Water’s Innovation Team, project’s industrial advisor, will offer fuller insights on AD technologies and markets and how to implement AD-based technologies. 

The SMEs can join the region’s BioVale innovation cluster and its unique Anaerobic Digestion Special Interest Group (AD-SIG) to build partnerships, exchange knowledge and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders. The SMEs will be also encouraged to take a look at and consider a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which provides grant funding of up to 67% for a project which harnesses the knowledge, skills and expertise of the University of York and works with your business to improve your competitiveness, productivity, performance and profitability.

In the last years, the BDC delivered over 450 projects to the SMEs in Yorkshire. Previous case studies on the projects delivered to the SMEs in the AD sector showed that “the work of the BDC has been invaluable to progress a product which could become a major export opportunity and the BDC’s support showed the product has great potential to reduce feedstock usage and hence facilitate new agricultural practices”.  Similarly, the research conducted by the BDC on optimising the AD processes showed that AD is definitely an option for many feedstock producing facilities as technology becomes cheaper and more efficient”.

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To discuss how we can work together, contact Dr Anna Alessi, Project and Communications Manager:

+44 (0)1904 328052 or +44(0)7885 377335,

To be eligible for this funding, you need to be an SME,  located in the Leeds City Region or York, North Yorkshire areas and be developing products/processes/services for the AD industry. For a map of the eligible regions covered by this funding, visit Leeds City Region LEP and YNY LEP.  Not in the eligible region? No problem, there is still an opportunity for us to work together – please get in touch to find out more.

Notes to editors:


The Anaerobic Digestion and Circular Economy Yorkshire (ADCEY) project has received £0.6 M of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regeneration.
European Regional Development Fund’s website

The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK. Alongside over €1.5 billion of European Regional Development Fund support for businesses and communities across the North, the government has awarded £3.4 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse. Northern Powerhouse’s website

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