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Grant award for energy research.

A SOUTH Wales research centre has been awarded pounds 630,000 to boost the UK's emissions target.

The University of Glamorgan received the funding as part of a nationwide pounds 3.3m grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

It will be used to develop sustainable power and improve understanding of biological fuel cells.

Glamorgan is one of eight universities taking part in the Supergen project across the country.

The Sustainable Environment Research Centre will use the cash in its research into how microbial fuel cells can be adapted to treat waste and generate electricity.

Dr Giuliano Premier, an engineer in the Faculty of Advanced Technology, said: "This is excellent news for all involved in the project.

"Over the past four years our research has led to a better understanding of how biological fuel cells could be scaled up.

"This further funding will enable us to investigate the optimisation of microbial biological fuel cells, through an increased understanding of natural processes and how they may be encouraged and enhanced."

The money will fund a post-doctorate post, three PhD studentships and new equipment.

The research will be carried out at the university's new state-of-the-art science laboratories in the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, at the Glyntaff campus, which are due to be launched next month.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 19, 2010
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