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A sustainable visit

16 March 2010

Ieuan Wyn Jones AM

A leading Welsh politician has praised the University for its research in tackling the challenges presented by climate change.

Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, who is the leader of Plaid Cymru, Wales’ Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and Transport, visited the School of Engineering’s Institute of Energy to see first-hand the research the Institute is undertaking to advance a sustainable energy economy.

Ieuan Wyn Jones AM said: "Cardiff University's Institute of Energy is a hugely important facility in terms of Wales’ role in tackling the challenges presented by climate change. What is exciting about the institute is the way it has fused an academic approach with the necessary research to demonstrate the viability of technology.

"It is clear that by linking the research work done in the academic world with the work being undertaken by industry, we can make a very positive impact on our capacity and capability to produce sustainable energy technologies. This is vital both in terms of tackling climate change and the economic development of the nation.

"I very much valued having the opportunity to discuss the success and challenges facing the institute as well as the wider issue of how Wales can play a leading role in this field. I am certainly pleased that a green agenda has been a key component of the One Wales government, both in terms of its economic and environmental considerations."

During his visit he met with Professor Hywel Thomas, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Innovation and Engagement and visited the University’s Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply – CIREGS, a crossdisciplinary centre in the School of Engineering which research focuses on renewable energy.

Professor Hywel Thomas said: "The School of Engineering is committed to working with Welsh industry and is currently involved in a number of large scale collaborative projects which are creating significant benefits for the Welsh economy.

"I am delighted that Ieuan Wyn Jones was able to see at first hand how University and industry partnerships are helping to develop sustainable low carbon technologies which will be crucial in tackling the environmental and energy challenges facing us here in Wales."

The visit follows-on from a recent Assembly briefing by Professor Phil Bowen, also from the University’s School of Engineering, where he outlined some of the key ways that the University is able to support Welsh business.

The Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC) developed at the School of Engineering is designed to promote and facilitate knowledge transfer and encourage collaborative industrial research with businesses across Wales.

KTCs offer businesses access to expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to help Welsh companies develop new products and services, as well as assisting them in improving their existing offerings to succeed in increasingly competitive markets.

Another area highlighted was the University’s strategic partnerships. One company already benefiting from partnership with the School is a link-up with steelmaker, Corus.

The link-up has led to the establishment a Centre of Excellence in Waste and Energy, designed to assist Corus develop and exploit new technology. The Centre helps Corus train their staff through bespoke courses, such as combustion and explosion safety for the range of gases produced at their plant and to enhance their knowledge of high voltage electrical systems.

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