IOP Business Forum: Powering the future - energy generation in north Wales

Fforwm Busnes: Grymuso'r dyfodol - cynhyrchu ynni yng ngogledd Cymru

26 July 2012
26 Gorffennaf 2012
17:30 - 21:00

Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Canolfan Catrin Finch, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam


North Wales is well placed to take the lead in the future of electricity generation, with its combination of an already strong infrastructure, high-technology start-ups and a vibrant research and development base.

This event brought together leaders from business, government and academia to discuss the opportunities and challenges that are likely to present themselves in the next decade, and the role of physics in powering a sustainable future for the region.

The meeting was opened by Professor Andrew Evans, Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University and Chair of the Welsh Optoelectronics Forum. The presentations addressed a number of issues, including:

  • How can Wales meet both its energy needs and its environmental responsibilities?
  • What role should physics and physics-based businesses play?

The presentations were followed by an open forum discussion, chaired by Professor Evans, and concluded with a networking session. For the open forum discussion the speakers were joined by Andrew Pleass, Commercial Manager, Tata Steel-Building Envelope.


Professor Stuart J C Irvine

Director, Centre for Solar Energy Research, St Asaph OpTIC campus, Glyndŵr University

Topic: “Solar PV: manufacturing, supply chain and prospects”

Dr John Idris Jones

Head of Socio-economic Development, Magnox in north Wales

Energy Island Programme Director

Topic: “Anglesey Energy Island - powerhouse for the north Wales economy”