Industrial past and renewables future

EnAlgae hosts EU's Committee of the Regions on a study tour of Swansea.

C of R delegatesRepresentatives from across Europe descended on Swansea this Spring  for a day long study tour of the region, focusing on its industrial past and its current status as a front runner in developing renewable energy technologies.

The Committee of the Regions, which is an EU body made up of local and regional authority members from all 28 Member States, visited the city  on Tuesday 29th April.

The event was hosted by the EnAlgae project based within Swansea University’s College of Science. This is a £12 million project funded by the European Union via the Interreg IVB programme. The project is developing algal bioenergy technologies, and the visit allowed committee members the opportunity to see progress on the project and also view other studies being undertaken on the campus.

The theme for the visit was low carbon, energy and the environment and finding sustainable solutions for environmental and resource management through innovative research.

“We were delighted to welcome the Committee of the Regions to Swansea,” said Dr Shaun Richardson, project manager for EnAlgae.  “The visit allowed us to demonstrate how the University is at the forefront of research and innovation into matters of renewable energy and food and fuel security”.

Delegates who made the journey were introduced to the process of growing algae and harvesting its fuel sources and were treated to a showcase of other projects currently being undertaken at the University.

Further information on EnAlgae and the work it’s undertaking can be found by visiting