The £40 million Red Diesel Replacement competition aims to support the development and demonstration of low carbon fuel and system alternatives to red diesel for the construction, and mining and quarrying sectors. The competition supports the decarbonisation of these high-impact sectors that will be affected by the partial removal of the entitlement to use red diesel and rebated fuels from April 2022.
The purpose of Phase 2 is to support the physical demonstration of an end-to-end system / solution replacing existing red diesel-using technologies on construction and mining or quarrying sites, including engineering design, build, trial, decommissioning, market assessment, and knowledge dissemination.
Projects must demonstrate a low carbon integrated system that includes multiple component technologies from fuel generation/production, distribution, storage and delivery, and end-use on a construction and mining/quarrying site.
Projects must demonstrate that the system is at TRL 7 upon completion.
The RDR programme aims to achieve the following objectives:
Projects must provide an end-to-end solution, made up of multiple component technologies, for replacement of equipment that currently uses red diesel at a construction, mining or quarrying site. Projects must include the end-to-end solution which encompasses the following stages in a single project:
An example would be a renewable energy installation producing electricity which is then converted to hydrogen and transported to a construction site where it is used in a piece of equipment to do mechanical work.
Fuel / Energy Production: Projects must support or align to a technology that uses one or more of the following long-term energy vectors:
Applications must be led by private organisations or research and technology organisations (RTOs) and may not be led by universities or non-commercial organisations.
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