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SMEs encouraged to generate bioenergy from wetlands

Posted at April 17, 2014 | Categories : News

Three UK businesses have been awarded a share of over £1.3 million to support innovation in turning reeds and rushes from wetlands into bioenergy, Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, has announced.

Contracts have been awarded to AMW IBERS, Natural Synergies and AB Systems, as part of a competition to help entrepreneurs demonstrate new ways of turning plant-based material derived from harvesting wetlands into renewable heat and electricity.

According to the Government, sustainably sourced bioenergy has an important part to play in the UK’s future energy mix, with the potential to contribute around 11% of energy demand by 2020.

The winning companies will use the funding to test their project designs in three wetland areas in the UK: Somerset, Suffolk and Inverness.