The Government has announced a £2 million scheme today aimed at encouraging innovation in bioenergy.
Entrepreneurs can bid for a share of the investment which is specifically directed towards bioenergy production on wetlands.
These areas are currently maintained in Britain to provide a better environment for wildlife and harvested materials from these sites can be used to produce energy.
The Government aims to inspire innovation in harvesting and energy generation methods, using plants already being grown which would otherwise go to waste.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “As well as providing a valuable habitat for a range of plants and wildlife, our wetland areas produce a diverse mix of clean green energy sources which in many cases are currently going to waste.
“Our new scheme will help spur our improvements in the way these plants are harvested and used to generate power, helping us cut carbon and meet our renewables targets, whilst maintaining and building on current conservation practices.”
Applicants can apply for up to £50,000 to get their design ideas off the drawing board and into more formal project plans.
Earlier this year DECC suggested bioenergy could help contribute around 8-11% to the UK’s total energy demand by 2020.