October 5, 2011
Cars that can be powered by plugging them into the mains and a ‘rolling road’ which can be used to simulate driving conditions were just a few of the technologies unveiled at the University of Glamorgan’s Centre for Automotive & Power System Engineering (CAPSE)today, 5th October.
First Minister Carwyn Jones officially opened the new £2 million Centre and took the opportunity to take a ride in some of the many next generation vehicles that were on display.
CAPSE is Wales’ only independent research, development, test and certification house which undertakes cutting edge research and knowledge transfer activities within the advanced automotive and power systems engineering sectors.
First Minister Carwyn Jones commented, “I am delighted that Wales is moving up a gear in the development of greener vehicles thanks to the pioneering work here at the University of Glamorgan.
“Innovation in technology and innovation in joint working between private companies and academic institutions with support from the Welsh Government is key to building a sustainable economy for the future of Wales.
“Collaboration is key to adding value to the economy and universities can do this by providing businesses with both skilled graduates and leading-edge research.
“I am pleased our flagship A4B, or Academic Expertise for Business, programme has been able to play a role in next generation vehicle development.
“Our Programme for Government, backed by our jobs and growth Budget, is determined to deliver support for high performing, quality companies in all parts of the economy that can create employment and wealth, enhance skills to make a sustainable Wales.”
The Welsh Government has provided more than £800,000 project money through A4B for the Centre since 2009.
The opening of the Centre demonstrates to the wider industry within Wales and UK the importance of low carbon technologies to its products, processes and services and the need to up-skill in preparation the next generation of low carbon technologies and advanced material and manufacturing methods.
CAPSE Director, Jonathan Williams of the Faculty of Advanced Technology said, “CAPSE’s mission is to support business and other organisations to develop the next generation of low carbon technologies and in doing so support the creation of new jobs and economic opportunities. CAPSE aims to achieve this through leading research and knowledge transfer based activities, to deliver a greener and more sustainable future.
CAPSE is part sponsored by the Welsh Government’s flagship A4B programme under the European Development Fund.
In his address the First Minister highlighted how, through flagship programmes like A4B (Academic Expertise 4 Business), Wales is leading in supporting companies with specialist academic expertise access like those at the University of Glamorgan and highlighting several major local successes of this program.