The FLEXIS Advisory Board meets and visits Aberthaw Power Station

On Thursday 11th May 2020, the FLEXIS Advisory Board (FAB) met at Miskin Manor Hotel to discuss an ambitious agenda around the decarbonization of south Wales

Professor Hywel Thomas and Dr Mike Colechin address the meeting


With talks from Welsh Government, the Cardiff Capital Region and the SWITCH Project, as well as a fascinating site visit to Aberthaw Power Station, the FAB meeting was a rousing success for collaboration between the academic, government and industrial partners of the FLEXIS consortium. Held at the delightful Miskin Manor Hotel, over 50 attendees gathered to hear presentations and discuss a variety of issues including the outcome of the Welsh Government’s Renewable Energy Deep Dive, the potential of the Cardiff Capital Region to work in partnership with FLEXIS to provide a sustainable future for the region as part of their Energy & Environment Priority Sector and how the capacity and collaboration of FLEXIS can be continued with the SWITCH project.

FAB attendees being shown around Aberthaw by RWE’s engineers



After the meeting and breakout session regarding potential applications for Cardiff Capital Region’s recent acquisition, the Aberthaw Power Station, attendees visited the site. The visit offered an interesting insight into the opportunities and challenges associated with transforming the now decommissioned coal-fired power station.

Professor Hywel Thomas, Principal Lead Investigator of FLEXIS said This FAB meeting was particularly exciting because of the fact that it was the first “in person” meeting since the start of the pandemic. It was a real pleasure to actually meet in person. The presentations and discussions were very interesting and stimulating, as always, followed by a fascinating site visit to the former Aberthaw Power Station. My thanks to everyone involved for a memorable, valuable event.”

In addition to the meeting and site visit, a short film produced for FLEXIS about the impact, achievements and future of the project was screened for attendees, you can watch the video below:

In addition to the meeting the latest FLEXIS Advisory Board Report has been released which you can read here: