By Daniel Hunter

Seven British entrepreneurs have been awarded a share of £292,000 to spur on innovation in bioenergy, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced today (Wednesday).

This investment is part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC’s) £2million three phase wetlands biomass to bioenergy competition launched in October last year.

As set out in the Government’s 2012 bioenergy strategy, sustainably sourced bioenergy could contribute around 11 per cent to the UK’s total primary energy demand by 2020 but more investment is needed to drive further innovation in this sector.

“Bioenergy has an important part to play in our energy mix, increasing the amount of power we get from clean green sources," Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said.

"It can help cut carbon and enable us to meet our renewables targets. But more innovation is needed in this sector, and that’s what our wetlands biomass to bioenergy scheme is designed to encourage.

“It’s great to see that seven organisations across Great Britain have come forward with exciting and innovative ideas to drive this forward, and I wish them every success with the development of their plans.”

DECC’s biomass to bioenergy scheme is aimed specifically at encouraging innovation in bioenergy production from wetland biomass, including harvesting and energy generation methods, and using plants already grown which would otherwise go to waste once harvested.

Investment announced today will fund the first phase of this scheme and will help the winning organisations get pre-commercial design ideas off the drawing board and into more formalised project plans.

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