Project factsheet

Project factsheet

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Smart Energy Storage Solutions (SESS) – Please note this project has now closed.

Project description

SESS will be a collaborative innovation and R&D operation, giving large, medium and small enterprises within the WWV region access to leading academic knowledge and research facilities. It will be demand led by the companies, researching and piloting new innovative technologies, products and processes, specifically in electrical energy storage, with strong post operation commercial potential for the enterprises. SESS will address the need to drive research activity and innovation within industry in Wales, to maximise the contribution of Welsh businesses to future economic growth.

Delivery model

The SESS programme will use the direct delivery model under the umbrella of CAPSE, which is part of USW on the Treforest campus within its own dedicated building. USW will retain full responsibility for the management and delivery of the activities. It will deliver to the West Wales and Valleys programme areas. It will utilise ERDF funding under specific Objective 1.2.

Geographical coverage

The project will benefit local authority areas across the West Wales and the Valleys programme area.

Essential eligibility criteria

The EU supported activities will take place predominantly in the Wales West & Valley region and businesses or people receiving support from the project should also be located in that geographical area. However, organisations from outside the region will still be eligible provided they can bring a benefit to the WW&V region.

Specific targets

  • An increase in the research and innovation capacity of businesses to develop new (or improved) products and processes.
  • An increase in the level of R&I collaborative technology transfer pilot projects undertaken between Universities and businesses.
  • An increase in the availability of specialist facilities to support business R&I.
  • An increase in the level of employment within business.
  • An increase in the use and availability of energy storage (low carbon) technologies.

Contact details

Name: Chris Francis
Telephone: 01443 654 879
Address: CAPSE Building, University of South Wales, Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL
Website: Website


There are several projects to deliver under the SESS programme and it is fully expected that the following projects will be up and running by July 2019:

  • Smart energy storage – An intelligent energy storage solution to include smart grid stabilisation and rapid charging capability.
  • Rapid charge transfer technology – An energy dense, high power prototype battery pack, which allows for rapid charging in less than 15 minutes.
  • Extreme power pack – A small, prototype auxiliary power battery pack for use in a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain vehicle.