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The future is now…

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM by News from the Blog RSS

A couple of stories caught my eye this week. The first, in the US Sewage Could Provide Fuel of the Future. The second, in the UK sewage is providing the fuel of the present. OK, so that isn’t really a … Continue reading

Online short course on hydrogen energy

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM by News from the Blog RSS

Hydrogen energy and related technologies have the potential to play a large role in our future energy supplies and systems. As part of the Low Carbon Research Institute’s (LCRI) Welsh Energy Sector Training (WEST) project, the University of South Wales … Continue reading

How to drive a car without a blindfold.

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:49 PM by News from the Blog RSS

Operating an anaerobic digester can be similar to driving a car with a blindfold on. As long as you are driving in a straight line and you don’t waggle the steering wheel too much you should be ok. The problem … Continue reading

UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards 2014

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM by News from the Blog RSS

At the University of South Wales, our Sustainable Environment Research Centre is home to the Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion. We are proud to have been shortlisted for the 2014 UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards in two … Continue reading

Fuel Cells in the Real World Part 2: Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM by News from the Blog RSS

The image of a fuel cell vehicle driving on streets producing only water vapour as waste epitomises the public perception fuel cells. At the heart of these vehicles is Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) technology, which continues to dominate … Continue reading

The beautiful complexity of climate

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 6:09 PM by News from the Blog RSS

The statistician George Box said that ‘essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful’. Depending on your point of view it is all too easy to get stuck up on the first part of that statement, ‘all models are … Continue reading

Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 3:52 PM by News from the Blog RSS

At the beginning of the week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report carried out by it’s working group 2 titled, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. In this report they detail the risks that have arisen … Continue reading

Methane producing microbes utilised biological nano-wires

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM by News from the Blog RSS

A team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have demonstrated that the methane producing microorganism Methanosaeta is able to produce methane from carbon dioxide in partnership with another microorganism Geobacter. In order to do this electrons are transferred from Geobacter … Continue reading

Fuel Cells in the Real World Part 1: Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM by News from the Blog RSS

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) are high temperature energy conversion devices similar to batteries which are able to convert gaseous and liquid fuels into electrical and heat energy with considerably greater efficiencies than conventional combustion devices such as boilers or … Continue reading

…head out on the highway

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 4:40 PM by News from the Blog RSS

The University of South Wales’ Baglan Hydrogen Centre has the ability to refuel hydrogen powered vehicles, but until recently we didn’t have a hydrogen vehicle of our own to use. Last week we took delivery of a hydrogen powered van. … Continue reading

Water, water, everywhere?

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM by News from the Blog RSS

‘Nor any drop to drink’ as the Rime of the Ancient Mariner goes and that’s the lede to this post on water scarcity and energy. Perhaps a strange subject if you are currently in the UK and the in South … Continue reading

2013: A world record year for wind energy in Denmark

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM by News from the Blog RSS

The Danish electricity transmission system operator has reported that on average, wind power supplied 1/3rd of the energy demand for the country in 2013. At times during the year Denmark’s wind energy production exceeded the national demand, peaking on … Continue reading

An alternative way?

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM by News from the Blog RSS

Saving CO2 Emissions with Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology Unlike hydrogen fuel cells, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) are able to produce electrical and heat energy from fuels which are already practical such as natural gas. SOFC systems such as … Continue reading

Sustainable Environment Research Centre

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM by News from the Blog RSS

Welcome to SERC based at the University of South Wales. SERC is all about sustainable energy and resources – it offers one of the few cross-cutting, multi-disciplinary courses in this high growth area at BSc. and MSc. levels for science … Continue reading