Current Projects


The Reduced Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE) initiative, led by the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Research Centre (SERC) team at the University of South Wales, will draw on world-class expertise to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from large and heavy equipment and facilities, and help drive a stronger and greener economy.


FLEXIS (Flexible Integrated Energy Systems) is a £24 million research operation designed to develop an energy systems research capability in Wales which will build on the world class capability that already exists in Welsh universities. Through the FLEXIS operation we will focus on developing flexible energy systems, which is an urgent priority in energy generation and supply. We will make a significant economic impact through supporting and developing the internationally renowned research in this area, and more specifically through the new technologies and new jobs that will follow this work.

ToOLTuBES: Toxicity & Organic Load Tracking using BioElectrochemical Systems

The ToOLTuBES project (Toxicity & Organic Load Tracking using BioElectrochemical Systems) will advance the development of a water quality biosensor towards technology readiness level TRL 7 (demonstration in an operating environment at pre-commercial scale). BES technology, which incorporates an electrode-supported microbial biofilm that generates electricity from oxidation of organics, and has great potential for low-cost, real-time sensing applications.


Proof of Concept: “A scalable fluidized bioelectrochemical reactor for enhanced anaerobic energy recovery.”

The Network addresses scientific and technical challenges in the development of anaerobic biotechnology, drawing on the expertise of leading academics underpinned by new tools and concepts.

Rutherford Fund

WATERS: Welsh-Australian Environment partnerShip: Municipal Waste Treatment 2050-Maximising Resource Recovery with Zero Energy Input.

This project is a proposed partnership between the University of South Wales’ (USW) Sustainable Environment Research Group (SERC) and the Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Remediation (EnSuRe) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia. The primary aim of the project is to develop collaborative working to tackle the challenges of water treatment and through resource recovery in a multinational & multidisciplinary approach.

RES URBIS (RESources from URban BIo-waSte)

The overall objective of the project is to integrate into a single facility and to use one main technology chain for the conversion of several types of urban bio-wastes into valuable bio-based products, while also minimizing any residual or consequent waste to be disposed of.


The aim of this project is to develop a breakthrough technology based upon integrated low cost bio-electrochemical processes to convert CO2 into liquid fuels for transportation, energy storage, heating and other applications. CO2 is firstly electrochemically reduced to formate using electric energy from biomass or wastes and other renewable sources.

Newton-Mosharafa Fund

The Newton-Mosharafa Fund is £20 million, five year science and innovation partnership between the UK and Egypt. It aims to advance the capacity of the Egyptian science sector; increase the amount of quality scientific research and innovation being carried out in Egypt; and help mitigate social and economic challenges in Egypt through the development of new research and innovation.


We use microbes to obtain energy from organic matter in wastewater using bioelectrochemical systems. That energy is used to drive processes to recover useful metals from industrial wastewater and to synthesise useful compounds from carbon dioxide.

We also have a number of KESS2 projects many of which are in collaboration with TATA Steel.

We also have a number of Completed Projects