A £24m EU-backed investment in a world-leading energy research scheme at Welsh universities has been announced today.
FLEXIS, a five year research programme, will be supported by £15m of EU funds and will investigate how flexible energy systems can meet modern-day energy challenges. The programme is being led by Cardiff University and involves the University of South Wales and Swansea University.
collaborations with industry and research organisations in Wales, Europe and
worldwide, the scheme will investigate how multiple energy sources can be
supplied to consumers through more flexible and efficient systems that
integrate traditional and renewable energy sources.
part of the scheme, demonstration sites will be established to act as a test
bed for new ideas and to show how new and cost-effective technology and energy
solutions are being developed – including a project promoting the use of ground
energy from mine water.
researchers from the UK and Europe will also be recruited to Welsh
universities, helping to strengthen Wales’ position as a leader in research and
innovation within the energy industry.
scheme will pave the way for the development of new technologies and job
creation in the energy sector, and attract new companies to locate in Wales.
and Government Business Minister, Jane Hutt, said: “Wales is set to benefit
from around £1.8 billion of EU Structural Funds by 2020 to support business,
innovation, infrastructure, skills, employment, and young people.
is vital investment for our economy and labour market, and is a crucial source
of funding in driving innovative research and the commercialisation of that
research, creating sustainable jobs and growth.
fantastic news that this £15 million EU funds investment will support such
ground-breaking potential in this important energy sector for Wales.”
Alan Guwy, Director of the Sustainable Environment Research Centre at the
University of South Wales, said: “This is a really exciting project that builds
on the successes that have been made in developing hydrogen energy systems over
the last 15 years or so. It will help to add to the expertise, research
activity and technology developments within this field to produce clean and
sustainable energy, reflecting our aims within the Sustainable Environment
Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, said: “FLEXIS promises to
tackle some of the major societal challenges that we are facing today, from
climate change to fuel poverty and rising energy prices.
bringing together expertise from across Cardiff University, as well as Swansea
University and the University of South Wales, FLEXIS will establish Wales as a
pioneer in energy systems and deliver significant benefits to the nation as a
whole, attracting new businesses, creating jobs and training the research
engineers of the future.
“This significant amount of EU funding we’ve received is yet another example of how financial support from Europe is helping to propel the fundamental research that is being performed here in Wales.”