Bath University to receive more than £1m from Western Power

Bath University is to receive more than £1m from Western Power Distribution (WPD) for its low carbon energy work.

Bristol-based WPD is providing the funding from part of the £16m the company received from Ofgem through the Low Carbon Network Fund. Researchers from the university are set to use the funding to prepare electricity grids for the use of low carbon technologies. The funding will go towards two new projects – Project Falcon and Project Bristol.

Dr Miles Davis from the research development and support office at Bath University said: “These awards are a huge vote of confidence in the University from the power industry, they recognise our leading expertise in low-carbon research. “Working with WPD will give Bath a central role in work on the future of the UK grid as we move towards a lower-carbon world.”

Roger Hey, future networks manager at WPD, said: “Their academic skills will help deliver long lasting benefits to electricity customers across the country.”

The university said the insights from these projects will help the UK achieve its climate change objectives.