Wales is stepping up its quest to become a top European destination for data professionals with the launch of a new data science hub for green energy at Bangor University, on the back of a £4.6 million grant from Brussels.
The Smart Efficient Energy Centre will develop joint research between Welsh and international organisations and businesses and investigate the options for using data science to improve the efficiency of low carbon energy systems including nuclear, marine and offshore wind energy.
The centre is expected to become an international hub of excellence in North Wales, and its backers believe it could generate a further £9 million of research income over the next four years, and encourage collaboration on new ideas to address global energy efficiency issues.
Research will focus on the development of new cyber infrastructure and digital systems to increase the volume and speed of data analysis, and generate new scientific insights and innovation in low carbon energy sectors.
College of Environmental Sciences & Engineering director of research Professor John Healey said: "This is a flagship strategic development for Bangor University. It will lead innovation on how advanced engineering, computer science and modelling can be applied most effectively to tackle grand challenges of increasing the sustainability of energy supply and utilisation, while minimising negative environmental impacts, in particular net carbon emissions."