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04 Nov 2010 02:11:46

Low Carbon Research Institute launch

Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones will launch the Low Carbon Research Institute's Convergence Energy Projects and Conference in the Senedd at 1900 on Monday 15 November, with a contribution from Prof. John Harries, Chief Scientific Officer for Wales. Jane Davidson, Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing, will give a keynote speech on the second day, at National Museum Wales. Through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the £34 million Convergence Energy Programme is supported by £15 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with match funding of £19 million from industry and others. This has enabled LCRI to bring in industrial and academic partners to embark on the major research projects launched at this event. The projects are expected to help create 250 new job opportunities, help existing companies in Wales and stimulate the setting up of new low carbon ventures. On 16 November, the conference Plenary Session sees overview presentations from the LCRI’s project leaders. Technical Sessions, with speakers from academia, industry and government , will then explore project areas in detail at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Renewable Energy Recovery from the Marine Environment – investigating how to efficiently and consistently generate energy from tidal and marine resources.
Cymru H2 Wales – developing capacity for the industrial development of hydrogen technologies in Wales.
Large scale power generation – using alternative and renewable gaseous fuels for power generation through gas turbine technology.
Low carbon built environment – reducing the carbon dioxide emissions associated with the built environment sector.
Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium (SPARC) Cymru – developing new photovoltaic materials for solar energy conversion towards low cost photovolatic modules.
Scenario modelling for a low carbon Wales.
Bioenergy for a low carbon future – bioenergy solutions for deployment in Wales and worldwide.

The Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) was established to unite and promote the diverse range of energy research in Wales, UK to help deliver a low carbon future. The multicentre, multidisciplinary collaboration aims to support the whole energy sector, UK and globally. In 2008, over £5million was received from the Higher Education Funding Council For Wales (HEFCW) to develop the LCRI. Core University partners are: Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Glyndwr and Swansea. The LCRI is led from the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University.

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