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Signing sparks new energy research link-up

02 March 2011

Two of Wales’ leading organisations are joining forces in a bid to share expert knowledge in sustainable energy research and carbon efficiency.

Cardiff University and SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy PLC) – owner of Wales’ leading energy company, SWALEC - have signed a joint working agreement providing the company with access to some of the University’s world-leading experts, knowledge and most promising students.

Signing the agreement on behalf of Cardiff University, Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant said: "We are delighted to be embarking on this new partnership with SSE. Cardiff University has some of the UK’s leading experts in energy and waste engineering, as well as in energy efficiency, smart-grid technology and the creation of a sustainable built environment.

"This agreement will help the University to share and apply this expert knowledge and research capability - not only for the benefit of our research and our students, but also for the quality of life of people living in Wales."

The agreement will see the two organisations share knowledge in key priority areas for Wales including: energy engineering and biomass, waste engineering and pollution control and creating a low-carbon environment.

Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of Scottish and Southern Energy said: "This new partnership will help us forge a strong, mutually beneficial relationship between the two organisations.

"Businesses and universities have a huge amount to learn from each other. SSE will learn from Cardiff University's pioneering research, and as the UK’s most diverse energy company, SSE will provide researchers and students alike with a real insight into the practical challenges facing the energy sector."

As part of the agreement both organisations will be able to access a larger and more diverse pool of knowledge and skills, create and share the benefits of world-class research, as well as creating teaching, training and recruitment opportunities.

The agreement was formally signed by Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant and Chief Executive of Scottish and Southern Energy PLC, Ian Marchant at a ceremony at Cardiff University’s main Council Chamber this week.


Further information

Jessica Kelly

Cardiff University

Tel: 029 20 870298


Justyn Smith

Scottish and Southern Energy PLC Press Office
Telephone: 0845 0760530


Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

Scottish and Southern Energy PLC

SSE is one of the UK’s leading energy companies. Its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. Throughout the UK, it is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity; energy trading; the development of major renewable energy projects; the extraction, storage, distribution and supply of gas; electrical and utility contracting; and telecoms.

SSE employs close to 2,000 people in Wales: in its Cardiff-based customer service centres, its fast growing contracting and metering businesses and at Uskmouth Power Station which it owns and operates. Through its SWALEC brand SSE supplies energy to over one million household is Wales.