An unusual design of wind turbine with a pair of giant vertical wings could one day be generating electricity for the UK Grid.
The innovative Nova Project is one of the first ideas to receive development funding from the recently established Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
The ETI aims to find green engineering solutions that will help the UK meet its future energy and climate targets.
Set up as a public-private partnership, it has a potential £1.1bn of funding.
Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson announced the first four recipients of ETI funding.
"This is evidence of a real shift to green jobs and green engineering," he told BBC News.