Flexible Integrated Energy Systems – FLEXIS
Funded by: Wales European Regional Development Fund
Swansea University, University of South Wales
Partners and stakeholders:
Tata Steel, Neath Port Talbot Borough Council
This major £25m project involves three Universities (Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales), alongside regional partners including Tata Steel. Across multiple technical work-packages the research is looking to specify the flexible integrated energy system of the future, with a focus upon a range of demonstrator projects in Neath Port Talbot and the overall goal of de-risking energy system decarbonisation in South Wales. Our social sciences work-package involves interviews, narrative approaches, reflective and inventive methods, and public deliberation to advance our understanding of the ways individuals, families, and communities will engage with, and make sense of, the complexities of future integrated energy system changes in Wales.
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