Three companies have been awarded a share of a £25m fund to help develop greener fuel technology, Transport Minister Andrew Jones has announced. The projects will use waste products which would otherwise be disposed of and turn them into biofuels.

Jones said: "This is a great example of our commitment to innovative transport technology. Biofuels have an important role to play in keeping Britain moving forward in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. This £25m is not only a vital investment in technology that will help secure a greener future but will also support the creation of thousands of jobs."

The winning schemes are:

Celtic Renewables, which has been awarded £11m to fund a new plant to make biofuels from whisky by-products;

Advanced Plasma Power, which will receive £11m to help develop biofuels from ordinary household waste; and

Nova Pangaea Technologies, based in Tees Valley, which will receive £3m to help make biofuels from forestry waste.