SERC has undertaken a number of various projects across a range of research themes.

We also have a number of KESS2 projects in collaboration with various companies including TATA Steel, Welsh Water and Wales and West Utilities.

We also have a number of Completed Projects.

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.

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 a £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.

Smart Circle

Smart Circle is a £1 million collaborative industrial research project to explore how innovative bioprocesses can be used to improve the overall efficiency of a range of industrial operations.  The project also aims to develop technology that can recover unused, high value molecules, including nutrients and enzymes, from low-value materials such as sewage sludge.

BiologicalIntegration of Electricity and Gas Grids for Low Cost Energy Storage (BioGrid)

This project is funded by BEIS under the Energy Storage Cost Reduction Call. It is over 2.5 years and is in collaboration with NiTech Solutions and BPE. This project aims to further develop the USW AERIOGEN process. The project will move a novel biomethanation sub-system capable of converting grid relevant amounts of renewable electricity to carboxylic acids and methane for energy storage, from its existing Technology Readiness Level of 3 (Laboratory Proof of Concept) to at least TRL6 (Verified Prototype System).

The project is led by NiTech Solutions.