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04 March 2011

(L-R) Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant, Dr Matthew Quinn, Director, Department for Environment and Sustainability, Professor Karen Holford, Head of the School of Engineering, Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and International, and SEREN Director Dr Robert Francis.(L-R) Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant, Dr Matthew Quinn, Director, Department for Environment and Sustainability, Professor Karen Holford, Head of the School of Engineering, Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and International, and SEREN Director Dr Robert Francis.

The University has officially launched SEREN, a new £8.3M green energy project aiming to help businesses in West Wales and the Valleys lead the way in developing new technologies and products, creating up to 150 jobs in the low carbon economy.

The project, run by the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) at the School of Engineering, is funded with £4.6M from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government. The remainder is through the British Geological Survey, the private sector and the University’s own funds.

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Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, who is also the Minister for the Economy and Transport, said: "At the heart of the SEREN programme is a commitment to foster a climate of innovation which will lead to more highly skilled jobs, enterprise creation and inward investment for the benefit of the whole Convergence area of West Wales and the Valleys."

"Our Economic Renewal programme highlights our commitment to helping business to commercialise research to develop the next generation of low carbon technologies is vital to position Wales as a world leader in this area and help meet our energy targets."

SEREN director Dr Robert Francis said: "We are delighted that the SEREN project gives us an opportunity to be working with Welsh companies, to develop new and innovative geo-energy technologies, technologies that will bring economic benefits to the convergence areas of Wales, whilst also contributing to the portfolio of solutions that will help make Wales self sufficient in energy, for the foreseeable future."

Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant speaking at the official launchVice-Chancellor Dr David Grant speaking at the official launch

Officially launched this week at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, the project will pioneer research into areas such as burning coal underground to generate energy and carbon storage, in a bid to cut greenhouse emissions and fuel costs.

The impact of this research will create two new industries in Wales, namely coal gasification and carbon storage, supporting new jobs and businesses. It will also contribute to Wales’ quest to become self sufficient in energy and attract companies working on innovative low-carbon technologies.

SEREN will also offer a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops to train and upskill the workforce, supporting new developments in the low carbon economy.

A web portal will also be set up to provide a range of online low carbon tools such as performance assessments of carbon sequestration technology. These can then be downloaded and used by companies, placing leading edge technologies at their fingertips.

For more information on SEREN contact: 029 2087 4004 or email: Seren@cardiff.ac.uk.

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Find out how a Welsh company is already benefiting from the SEREN programme.

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