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Green vision for business in Wales

DEPUTY First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones has called for Welsh businesses to be in the “vanguard” of green energy.

Mr Jones was speaking at the launch of the two-day Low Carbon Research Institute’s (LCRI) Convergence Energy Projects and Conference at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

The Challenges of the Low Carbon Revolution event will examine how the £34m Convergence Energy Programme – thought to initially create 250 new jobs – is encouraging low carbon ventures in Wales.Mr Jones said the Assembly Government’s Economic Renewal Programme had prioritised energy and the environment as one of its six key sectors for targeted intervention, and claimed that Wales should take the lead in low-carbon economic development.

world in carbon-based energy during the industrial revolution our goal now is to do the same for low carbon energy,” he told the conference.

He added: “I want to see Welsh businesses in the vanguard of ensuring a greener world and also contribute to greater prosperity for all our communities. This is an initiative that depends on the collaborative working of key industrial and academic partners in order to turn the knowledge of our universities into commercial reality.”

Major energy research projects that have been established as a result of the programme – supported by £15m of European Regional Development Fund money and match funding of £19m from Welsh universities, as well as industry – will be launched at the conference.

Collaboration on projects has been led by Cardiff University, but involved universities across Wales.

These include the CymruH2Wales project which will be developed by the University of Glamorgan, which aims to increase the use of hydrogen technologies.

The project investigates how hydrogen technology could be developed to better manage renewable electricity generation using hydrogen as an energy store during times of peak generation. It will also look at how hydrogen could be used to replace fossil fuels.

Professor Alan Guwy, who led the project, said: “CymruH2Wales addresses many of the critical aspects in the development of hydrogen and fuel cells as vital emerging energy technologies and aims to establish new Welsh jobs in this important new energy industry.

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