Energy from waste prize fund launched

A new £2,500 prize fund aimed at attracting new talent into the anaerobic digestion (AD) and energy from waste (EfW) industries has been launched at the RWM exhibition this week.

The Energy from Waste Innovation Fund is open to undergraduate and postgraduate university students in the UK completing a dissertation related to energy from waste or renewable energy technology and engineering.

With a prize-fund of £1,000 up for grabs for the winner, two runners up will also each receive £750 upon completion of their research, as well as 12 months of mentoring from the award founder, Privilege Finance.

“We’re keen to support new talent in the renewables and EfW sectors,” explains Chris Winward, commercial director at Privilege.

“With a growing focus on developing the UK’s circular economy, new and existing technologies that use waste materials to generate a sustainable source of energy, will become ever more important.

“To make sure the UK is at the forefront of this technology, we need to encourage, attract and retain fresh talent,” he adds.

The prize fund has been developed to bring students with a flair for innovation, problem solving and ‘outside the box’ thinking, to the fore. The three finalists will also be offered access to Privilege’s business contacts and network.

Applications are now open, and further details on the award and how to apply can be found on the company’s website: