Welsh £3.5m energy storage initiative charges ahead

The EU is providing £2.3m of funding for the Smart Energy Storage Solutions Hub

By Priyanka Shrestha

The EU is backing a new £3.5 million energy storage initiative led by the University of South Wales (USW).

Dubbed the Smart Energy Storage Solutions Hub (SEES), it will work with businesses to drive innovation and develop new products, technologies and processes for the commercial market.

The hub will be based at the university’s Centre for Automotive and Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE) and benefit from £2.3 million of funding from the EU – the rest of the funding will come from the university and industrial partners.

Businesses in the fields of energy and environment, automotive, advanced manufacturing and ICT will have access to the university’s specialist research facilities and academic expertise.

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said: “We are committed to driving forward cutting-edge research in the low carbon economy and collaboration between business and universities will help us achieve this.”