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FLEXIS (Flexible Integrated Systems)

Project description

FLEXIS is a £24 million research operation designed to develop an energy systems research capability in Wales which will build on the world class capability that already exists in Welsh universities. For the UK to meet its climate change commitments, energy systems will need to be developed that enable decarbonisation of our energy supply, whilst ensuring its security and affordability. The project will tackle pressing issues currently facing society, such as climate change, rising energy prices and fuel poverty. The research is based on four main pillars:

  • Sustainability
  • Security of Energy Supply
  • Socio Economic Issues
  • Welsh “Place Based” Demonstrator

Delivery model

The project is led by Cardiff University, Swansea University and the University of South Wales, with Aberystwyth and Bangor universities and the British Geological Survey also participating. Further partners include TATA Steel, Swansea Bay City Region and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. The project focuses on 18 Work Packages looking into exciting developments from carbon capture to hydrogen storage, always taking in to account economic and social considerations. A demonstration site has been identified, centred on the TATA Steel Works in Port Talbot.

Geographical coverage

The project will benefit Bridgend, Cardiff and Rhondda Cynon Taf in the South East of Wales and also Gwynedd, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.

Specific targets

  • Amount of research funding secured – £26.012 million
  • Enterprises cooperating with supported research institutions – 50
  • New researchers in supported entities – 86

Contact details

Name: Dr Aleksandra Koj
Email: kojA@Cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 2087 5753
Address: Geoenvironmental Research Centre 
Cardiff University 
Queen`s Building, Newport Road
, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Website: Website
Twitter: Twitter

Progress

Progress to end June 2017

The project is progressing well, already winning £7m in grants for Wales – more than double the ERDF invested to date. FLEXIS has led to the publication of 211 papers and an increase in research capacity, with 30 new staff.

FLEXIS hosted prestigious, international conference on Applied Energy attracting over 600 international participants to Cardiff.

FLEXIS is now working closely with TATA and Neath Port Talbot CBC on detailed development plan for a Demonstration Area. Proposed work include  modelling of energy and CO2 flows/capture; alternative energy generation and distribution processes as well as improving the efficiency of existing business and the potential for new businesses in the area.