Environment

Research & Development

United Kingdom

The promise of graphene
13/07/2015
Hopes are high for graphene, an ultra-thin material that has been labelled as possibly “the most amazing and versatile substance available to mankind.” Graphene was first isolated in 2004. By the end of 2015, according to a company spun out of the United Kingdom's National Graphene Institute, a...
Turning SMEs into trailblazers
24/11/2011
Resource-efficiency experts are helping a select group of SMEs in the east of England to innovate, protect the environment, cut their costs and improve rural competitiveness. “A local pub can save £3,200/yr and 13.6t CO2e using heat recovered from a cellar cooler to heat hot water. Total...
Cutting energy consumption in the food and drink sector
18/12/2009
A specialist ‘supply-on-demand’ drying technology developed by a UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership could yield significant energy savings for food and drink manufacturers. Hertfordshire University joined with UK drying specialist Secomak to create a drying machine offering significant energy...
Agricultural research institute focuses on renewable energy
28/04/2009
A new UK centre of excellence for environmental and energy research could increase renewable energy in agricultural, while also investigating use of alternative bioenergy sources. The Renewable Energy Centre (REC) is part of the Agri Food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI) in County Down, Northern...
Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads
26/03/2009
Cranfield University is pioneering the use of glass beads in water treatment – a concept that could lead to dramatic energy savings in treating drinking, waste and industrial water. The Sustainable Systems Department at this UK university is testing a new low carbon footprint technology,...
Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads
26/03/2009
Cranfield University is pioneering the use of glass beads in water treatment – a concept that could lead to dramatic energy savings in treating drinking, waste and industrial water. The Sustainable Systems Department at this UK university is testing a new low carbon footprint technology,...
Eco-friendly robotic cleaner to reduce ship fuel consumption.
14/02/2009
Newcastle University engineers have developed a robotic cleaning system able to navigate its own way across a ship’s hull and remove marine growths. It offers an effective replacement to environmentally-damaging biocides The self-navigating robot cleaner makes it possible to improve maritime...
Back to the future with the 2016 energy-efficient house
20/11/2008
The University of Nottingham and energy company E.ON have begun work on a replica of a 1930s home to act as testing ground for innovative energy efficiency solutions for older properties. The ETAP Forum on markets for sustainable construction in June 2007 highlighted the need to deal with both...