Projects that will harness the energy potential of biomass have been awarded £37 million in government funding.
The grants are expected to increase the production of sustainable biomass that can be used as a renewable energy source.
The Aberystwyth University in Wales will receive more than £2 million to accelerate the breeding of miscanthus, known as elephant grass, grass varieties considered as well-suited for biomass use.
Another project will be supported with more than £2.8 million to develop techniques to farm and harvest seaweed off the North Yorkshire coast, taking advantage of seaweed’s qualities as a source of biomass and its ability to remove carbon from the atmosphere.
The funding will also support technologies that will generate hydrogen from biomass and waste.
“This £37 million of government investment will support innovation across the UK, boosting jobs whilst ensuring greater energy security for years to come.”