Welsh Politics

New project announced to developed Welsh low carbon energy systems

A new £3 million project to develop low carbon energy systems based in Port Talbot has been announced

Almost three million pounds of European Union funds will be available to a new Cardiff University project that will help scientific researchers and industry specialists to develop low carbon energy systems.

The FLEXISapp project will allow for collaborative research into suitable components for use in sustainable energy systems. The project will help companies both who are already based in Wales in addition to those who are planning to relocate into the region.

The FLEXISapp project follows on from the ongoing FLEXIS research programme which itself was supported by £15m of EU funds. FLEXIS (Flexible Integrated Energy Systems) was established to develop an energy systems research capability in Wales which will build on the existing capabilities and systems of Welsh universities. Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles, who oversees EU funding in Wales, said: “Wales is now firmly established as a leading scientific centre for research into flexible energy systems. It’s vital that we continue to develop creative solutions to global energy efficiency challenges, and help to lead the transition towards a greener, low-carbon economy.  

The overall aim of the new FLEXISapp project will be to develop a “resilient, affordable, secure energy system across Wales which has the potential for global application.” The project focuses on a number of different technologies and schemes in order to work towards a low-carbon, renewable energy economy. These technologies include hydrogen and fuel cells and grid integration of renewable energy sources in addition to the social aspects of such a scheme including factoring in the public response to renewable systems and technology. 

A physical site based in the Neath Port Talbot area, named the FLEXIS demonstration area, will feature as a demonstration hub to test and showcase new products as component parts of functioning energy systems. Professor Hywel Thomas, FLEXIS lead principal investigator added: “We are delighted to receive further EU support to develop the Demonstration Area covering Port Talbot, which will model energy and CO2 flows, alternative energy generation and distribution processes as well as improving the efficiency of existing business and the potential for new businesses in the area.”

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