South Wales Industrial Cluster wins funding

first_imgThe project brings together different sectors in South Wales that will be key to decarbonisation RWE is a project partner in SWIC. (Credit: RWE) RWE is pleased to be a partner in the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC). The project has received a significant boost with the allocation of grant funding for South Wales from UK Research and Innovation. The funding will support the first phase of the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) Roadmap and Deployment projects which will seek to identify the best options for cost-effective decarbonisation of industry in South Wales.The project brings together different sectors in South Wales that will be key to decarbonisation and the infrastructure that will be needed, including for the development of the hydrogen economy, for large scale CO2 capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and transport as well as onsite strategic opportunities specific to each industry.The phase one Deployment project focuses on the potential to create collaborative projects in areas with a significant portion of the economic activity in South Wales: including Milford Haven with RWE’s Pembroke Power Station and Valero Energy’s Refinery, Port Talbot with Tata Steel’s integrated steelworks and Aberthaw with Tarmac’s Cement Works.SWIC comprises a diverse set of industries including power, oil refining, paper, nickel, insulation, chemicals, LNG import, coin production, general manufacturing, steel and cement.If the SWIC proceeds successfully through the various phases of the UK government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, it would stimulate significant clean growth, creating more jobs and opening up opportunities nationally and internationally for UK businesses. This first phase is a step towards securing a further share of the £131m allocated to the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is a key component of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy.Phil Cahill, RWE Generation Business Development, UK said: “We are excited to be involved in this project; it brings together industry, consultants and academics looking collectively at options to help the decarbonisation of the region. RWE’s contribution is to both support development and bring forward potential collaboration. Pembroke CCGT is at the heart of the cluster and green hydrogen can be part of the future energy mix needed to decarbonise South Wales.”Not only will the projects make a vital contribution to the UK’s journey to net zero by 2050, they have the potential to strengthen the economic resilience of Welsh industry and communities by ensuring operations in the region are sustainable for the long term. It will also support RWE’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2040. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

5 Things we didn’t know last week

first_img1)       One small move of a counter – one giant leap for computer-kind. Scientists in Canada claim to have written a program which can win or draw any possible game of draughts – ever. 500 billion billion possible combinations of movements have been analysed over 2 decades to give the winning (or drawing) formula. What happened to losing gracefully?  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6907018.stm2)       What’s green and sticky? No, it’s not an unfortunate joke. A powerful glue inspired by geckos and mussels may be gluing together space shuttles – or your suture wounds – in the near future: it joins a long list of biological glues, including ones derived from frogs, based on polymers and the strength-in-numbers-power of van der Waals’ forces.     http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6904175.stm3)       This does sound like a bad joke – vibrating rings designed to guide women around foreign cities safely. A ring on either hand guides you in the right direction. Words fail me. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6905286.stm 4)       Size Doesn’t Matter – the case of a man with almost a 75% reduction in brain volume has been published in the Lancet. Married with two children and a stable career – living proof of the brain’s astonishing plasticity. He came into the surgery with a slight weakness in one leg and left with a picture of a hole in his brain. Astonishing pictures.  http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn12301-man-with-tiny-brain-shocks-doctors.html 5)       Another moon has been discovered in orbit around Saturn, bringing the total number up to 60.  Saturn’s moons have also been described as the location with the ‘best chance of finding life’ in our solar system. Some planets get all the attention. Spare a thought for poor Pluto with only one moon, and now not even a planet any more. Life as an orbiting body just ain’t fair. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6908190.stm Cherwell24 is not responsible for the contents of external linkslast_img read more