Geoenvironmental Research Centre
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GRC Receives Ministerial Visit

2013–11–27

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Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance, and David Lidington MP, UK Minister for Europe, visited the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) on Monday 25th November.

Both Ministers praised the Centre for the quality of its research and for its many achievements, most recent of which saw the Centre awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Finance Minister Jane Hutt said: “I wish to congratulate the Geoenvironmental Research Centre on receiving the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for their cutting-edge research and internationally renowned expertise.

“I am also delighted to see the significant impact EU funds are having in supporting innovation and the low carbon economy. This is another example of how Wales benefits from vital EU funds, which are helping to drive our knowledge economy, helping secure our global competitiveness, and boosting economic growth and jobs in our region.”

The GRC, through its pioneering Seren project, has assisted more than 38 businesses and undertaken 16 collaborative research and development projects. Backed with £5.7M in match funding from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, the project focuses on areas such as ground-source heat, underground coal gasification and carbon storage. Extensive research is also being undertaken on utilising mine water as an alternative ground-energy source to provide cost-effective heat energy to buildings.