Nearly £3 million EU funds has been invested in a new project led by a consortium of three Welsh universities.
FLEXISApp is a £4M research, development and innovation programme focussing on industrial decarbonisation and economic growth.
Funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), this project brings together academia, industry and government to develop scaleable energy technologies to achieve net zero targets by 2050.
This project builds on the success of the ongoing 5 year FLEXIS research programme that has been busy creating and developing the much needed flexible and integrated energy systems research capacity in Wales.
FLEXISApp and its main industrial partners, Tata Steel, SPECIFIC, Costain, Welsh Water, Maiple and CR Plus are driving forward and match funding the commercial development of energy technologies, focussing on industrial decarbonisation and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.
Projects include establishing a centre of expertise in data and smart energy systems, the capture, storage and release of waste heat from industry and developing a decarbonised combined heat and power (CHP) system.
Lead Principal Investigator, Hywel Thomas, added:
“The award of WEFO funding for FLEXISApp is testament to the commitment of the partners at the heart of the FLEXIS project.
By continuing to work together with colleagues at Swansea University and University of South Wales, we will build on the world class capability that already exists in Welsh universities and utilise the leading resources that were created through FLEXIS, to develop internationally renowned energy technologies.
Significant job and company creation is also expected as we work in partnership with industry to develop commercial opportunities for both economic and green growth.”