Welsh Government has launched an £8.3M energy project called “How green is my valley” this week in a bid to help local companies create green jobs.
Cardiff University’s Seren project aims to help businesses in West Wales and the Valleys lead the way in developing new technologies and products, creating up to 150 jobs in the low carbon economy.
Renewable energy company WDS Environmental is one of the first to benefit from the programme which is backed with £4.6M from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government. It is also funded by the British Geological Survey, the private sector and Cardiff University’s own funds.
Through Seren collaborative research is underway with WDS into ground source heating, which uses geosolar energy from the ground to provide heating and hot water for domestic and commercial premises.
The company, which has offices in Swansea, Brecon and Cardiff, designs, supplies, installs and maintains heating pumps, which extract and utilise low temperature heat from the ground.