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Seren Nominated for Insider Wales Award

2014–10–20

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The Seren project, together with industrial partner WDS Green Energy Ltd., has been nominated for a prestigious Business and Education Partnership Award (Research and Development Category) for its research into the use of mine water to heat homes and businesses.

The collaborative work between WDS Green Energy and Seren is the UK’s first commercial venture of its kind to utilise the large, untapped energy source in the provision of heating and hot water to agricultural and office buildings via a district heating system. The live exemplar project at Crynant, Neath provides:

The research will help reduce heating bills and emissions, as Dr Manju, leader of the research in this field, explains:

“Families across Wales are concerned by the rising cost of heating their homes. By using a heat pump to extract the warm water from the coal measure of flooded mines, whole districts can be heated in a way that addresses an existing environmental problem by actually using it to generate sustainable energy.”

The Wales Business and Education Partnerships Awards celebrate research excellence through collaboration between companies, universities and colleges, highlighting the social and economic benefits of successful partnerships.

The award ceremony will take place in Cardiff City Hall on Wednesday 5th November 2014.