The UK’s Renewable Energy Association has won EU funding of €76 000 for a joint biogas project with the German Biogas and Bioenergy Society.

The Advanced Biogas Learning in Europe programme will send 30 UK professionals and graduates to Germany to enable them to learn from leading practitioners in all areas of anaerobic digestion technology.

Funding for the scheme has come from the European Union’s Leonardo programme, which backs vocational and training projects.

REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell said: Fostering the skills necessary for the transition to a low carbon, high renewables economy must be a national priority. This project is the REA’s first practical step in boosting the UK skills base.

“Anaerobic digestion helps meet a range of environmental and waste management objectives. It is one of the most versatile energy technologies, with the potential to provide renewable heat, power and transport fuels.”

The scheme starts in September and will run until May 2014.