The £2m scheme is specifically aimed at innovation in the country’s wetlands and is stipulated the government’s 2012 bio-energy strategy wherein renewable bio-energy is expected to contribute around 8-11% to the UK’s total primary energy demand by 2020.

The new investments aimed at innovation in harvesting and energy generation methods using plants that are already being grown.

UK Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker commented that 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 on 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" said Barker