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The following projects are now being undertaken.

Carbon sequestration through Soil Inversion

Carbon sequestration through Soil Inversion

Landlife's Soil Inversion (SI) is a new forestry and landscape-scale habitat creation technique that involves inverting a metre of soil to expose the subsoil, bury weeds and retain moisture at depth. This project aims to fully explore the elements of soil fertility and carbon capture, utilising previous monitoring project work on biodiversity and tree growth that are critical to evaluate the carbon capture implications of landscape work using this technique. The outcome will be highly...

Thu 30 August 2012

Development of a highly efficient and sustainable building process

Development of a highly efficient and sustainable building process

Prefabricated elements and systems offer significant advantages in terms of construction time, safety, environmental impact, constructability, and cost. The aim of this project is to develop a highly efficient and sustainable building process to allow construction of adaptable, affordable and highly sustainable small-scale prefabricated buildings. Consideration will be given not only to the design of the buildings but also to the manufacturing processes used for the building materials and the...

Thu 26 July 2012

Developing novel structural composites from recycled materials

Developing novel structural composites from recycled materials

There is an increasing need to recycle composite materials and reuse these materials in other applications fuelled by global demand for clean, non-toxic alternative building supplies and methods. This project seeks to develop and optimise 100% recycled polymeric content novel structural composite materials for use in equine fencing systems. This involves quantifying and understanding the material properties of the recycled feedstock materials, and modelling and measuring the structural...

Tue 17 July 2012

Development of visible and mid Infra-red solid state light emitting diodes to replace inefficient incandescent airfield lighting

Development of visible and mid Infra-red solid state light emitting diodes to replace inefficient incandescent airfield lighting

LED based lights are becoming desirable as replacements for incandescent lamps in airfield lighting applications, driven by the need for power economy, reliability and legislation. However, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EVFS) employ an indium antimonide photodetector, which is sensitive in the range 1.5 to 5 microns and use the mid IR emission from the incandescent lighting. EFVS cannot 'see' visible LED replacements. This project will investigate the fabrication and characterisation of...

Tue 17 July 2012

Intelligent communication management and control architecture for smart grid

Intelligent communication management and control architecture for smart grid

Traditional electric power infrastructure is rapidly approaching its limitations, as a result it restrains the level of satisfaction for both the customer and supplier. A smart grid is an integration of information and communication technologies to support and augment the performance of existing electrical power networks. This project aims to develop a novel smart grid communication architecture where it enables the power grid to transfer power and information in all directions; improving the...

Mon 16 July 2012

Development of environmentally friendly water treatment additives

Development of environmentally friendly water treatment additives

The impact of poorly protected and consequently inefficient systems in both the domestic and industrial arena on energy usage, and hence the environment, is well documented. The current market leading water treatment additives rely very heavily on 'inorganic' molecules, and as such are coming under greater scrutiny with respect to toxicity, discharge and disposal. This project will focus on the development of new, environmentally acceptable water treatment additives to replace the existing...

Fri 13 July 2012

Development of sustainability in the construction industry

Development of sustainability in the construction industry

There is a growing awareness of the importance to consider the embodied and lifecycle carbon emissions of building materials, underlined by the fact that construction in the UK represents 7% of carbon emissions. However, there are few assessment tools currently available and many of these are overly simplistic and are of limited use to developers. This project aims to develop embodied and lifecycle carbon tools by linking ethnographic methods with software development and market penetration....

Fri 13 July 2012

Smarter driving (based on goods and passenger digital data analysis)

Smarter driving (based on goods and passenger digital data analysis)

By far the most common mode of transport for the movement of goods is by road. Goods vehicles operate within a strict legislative framework for reasons of road safety and competition. This project aims to combine digital tachograph, satellite navigation and smartphone information to provide sophisticated visualisation and feedback methods, in search of better and safer use of roads, lower fuel consumption for vehicles and improved work quality for drivers. The result will enable a driver to...

Fri 13 July 2012

An intelligent web App-based IT solution for monitoring and controlling energy, water and waste usage in buildings

An intelligent web App-based IT solution for monitoring and controlling energy, water and waste usage in buildings

The UK government has launched an initiative to deploy smart meters across the country by 2020 to help consumers manage their energy use, save money and reduce CO2 emissions with real-time information on their energy consumption. This project will develop an easy-to-use and low-cost web based IT solution for remotely monitoring and controlling the on-site usage of energy and water in domestic and commercial buildings, including multi-tenanted properties. Fully exploring the benefits of smart...

Thu 12 July 2012

Development of advanced controller to improve the efficiency of wind turbines

Development of advanced controller to improve the efficiency of wind turbines

Modern wind turbines are experiencing rapid growth in both physical size and rated capacity. Wind turbines require a reliable and efficient pitch angle controller to regulate power output and to dampen structure flexing due to the usage of lighter construction materials. This project will design an improved pitch angle controller for wind turbines based on the Speedflo plasma controller to maximise energy conversion efficiency and minimise mechanical load of the drive train.

Thu 12 July 2012

Hydrodynamic modelling and assessment of coastal and estuarine tidal energy

Hydrodynamic modelling and assessment of coastal and estuarine tidal energy

Take up of renewable power technologies is driven by economics. Green-Tide's philosophy is to reduce capital costs and on-going operation and maintenance costs, thereby reducing the cost of the energy produced. One of the major barriers to the installation of river and tidal turbines in the UK is the environmental impact studies needed on a site by site basis. The aim of this project is to review existing requirements and look to standardise the approach. This will then be used to help...

Thu 12 July 2012

Smart car parking system

Smart car parking system

More than half of the world's population lives in cities, increasing urbanization and creating challenges such as resource depletion and increased greenhouse emissions. The challenge exists to foster economic prosperity while lowering the carbon footprint and increasing the quality of life at the same time. Connected Liverpool's main activities are based around the creation of its Smart City Big Data Platform which gives the 1.5m citizens of the Liverpool City Region access to user-centred...

Thu 12 July 2012

Sustainable marine resource management

Sustainable marine resource management

Inshore waters traditionally provided coastal communities with their main livelihood, through the use of fisheries, tourism and recreation. The sustainability of such coastal communities has been undermined by intensive exploitation and increased degradation of inshore environments. This project will develop and test a tool-box of techniques to assess the sustainability of human activities in the inshore marine environment. The initial focus will be on biological sustainability of shellfish...

Thu 12 July 2012

An eco-city mobile application

An eco-city mobile application

Smart mobile technologies have become increasingly widespread in use and capability. Mobile phone apps, for instance, are increasingly important. This project involves working with two experienced partners in the field to develop a city information system, accessible to mobile devices, that effectively integrates ecologically appropriate services such as those for recycling. It would also enhance and encourage ecologically sound activity by supporting integration of systems such as those for...

Fri 06 July 2012

The recovery, re-use and sustainable treatment (via artificial aquifers) of glycols at airports

The recovery, re-use and sustainable treatment (via artificial aquifers) of glycols at airports

Regulatory authorities require aircraft de-icing for safety purposes involving the use of glycol-based de-icing fluids; the raw material waste is high with a decidedly negative environmental impact. This project aims to utilize the fundamental concept of 'recover, reuse and recycle' to resolve the issue. Consequently, the project will develop and test a novel artificial aquifer at 'outside laboratory scale', whereby the residual run off from the stand areas contaminated with glycol will be...

Fri 06 July 2012

A molecular approach to understanding the processes of microbial enhanced oil recovery

A molecular approach to understanding the processes of microbial enhanced oil recovery

There is a distinct lack of research and information within the area of oil field samples, paricularly the utilization of microbiological techniques to enhance the recovery of trapped oil. Through the use of culturing and metagenomic analysis, the project aims to identify and quantify the bacterial presence of oil samples and create a genomic database of the primary bacteria involved in microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR), that can be scaled-up for commercial use. The project will look at...

Tue 26 June 2012

Exploring invisible landscapes by development of interactive walking trails for mobile devices

Exploring invisible landscapes by development of interactive walking trails for mobile devices

Walkingworld exploits a mix of text instructions, accurate location data and digital imagery in the creation and publication of walking guides. There are now over 6000 guides delivered via the website, PDF downloads, route files for GPS and, through a web service, to 3rd party mobile and digital mapping applications. This project extends these services to build the definitive platform for immersive and interactive walking trails, guides and games, delivered to spatially aware mobile handsets.

Tue 26 June 2012

An integrated radar system for sustainable port operations and coastal resource management

An integrated radar system for sustainable port operations and coastal resource management

Changing coastal morphology arising from climate change, storms, sedimentation and hydrodynamics affect port operations and the ability to manage coastal resources in a sustainable way. This project will investigate radar systems that address coastal navigation, safety, security, fuel efficiency, and sustainable resource use. The solutions enable decision-makers to ensure that vessel traffic and maintenance operations are safe and resource efficient.

Mon 25 June 2012

Development of fluorescent magnetic particle tracking and sediment tracing technology

Development of fluorescent magnetic particle tracking and sediment tracing technology

"Particle tracking" or "sediment tracing" is used in a wide range of terrestrial, aquatic and marine environments to monitor the movement of particulates, and associated nutrients, contaminates and microbes, through space and time. This project will develop a unique fluorescent magnetic particle tracking methodology. The method will then be applied to examine source-sink relationships, the nature and location of the transport pathway(s) and the rate of transport in marine and terrestrial...

Fri 22 June 2012

Development of product and supply chain assessment and design tools for packaging products

Development of product and supply chain assessment and design tools for packaging products

Packaging plays a crucial role in delivering quality products to customers. However, it is also associated with waste, cost and negative ecological impacts on the environment. This project aims to develop a tool set to support the design of greener packaging products and their supply chain. Strategies will be developed to facilitate maximum reuse of packaging products through the customised reverse logistics for improved sustainability and meet customised market needs. The amount and weight of...

Wed 13 June 2012

Understanding stress responses in crop plants - developing crop-specific management tools

Understanding stress responses in crop plants - developing crop-specific management tools

Climate change and its impact on agriculture has fuelled a need for crop-specific management tools, which would have a positive global impact by allowing farmers to produce more reliable crop yields with less seasonal variation using lower levels of inputs. This project will investigate how different stress responses in plants interact and what differences there are in interactions between key crops. This is vital in order to produce reliable broad-spectrum new products for farmers to manage...

Wed 13 June 2012

Optimising the performance of particulate adsorbents for electrochemical water treatment

Optimising the performance of particulate adsorbents for electrochemical water treatment

Arvia Technology's patented, multi-award winning, sustainable technology uses a process of adsorption and electrochemical regeneration to destroy aqueous, organic contaminants. Currently delivering a solution to untreatable radioactive organics in the nuclear industry, the next target market is water purification. The aims of the project are to understand the material properties of the unique adsorbent, the adsorbent behaviour and to optimise it for water treatment; improving the general...

Tue 12 June 2012

The occurrence, fate and remediation of pharmaceuticals in surface waters

The occurrence, fate and remediation of pharmaceuticals in surface waters

A wide range of medicines, illicit drugs and antibiotics are increasingly reported in environmental surveys of waste effluents and surface waters. While the source of these chemicals is principally wastewater treatment works, diffusive sources such as runoff from agricultural areas are also important. This project will develop state-of-the-art analytical methods for a number of priority compounds to undertake environmental surveys and chemical fate studies, leading to improved understanding of...

Tue 12 June 2012

Physiochemical properties and risk assessment strategies for the use of ENP

Physiochemical properties and risk assessment strategies for the use of ENP

As the use of engineered nanoparticles (ENP) increases so does the need for risk assessment strategies designed specifically for the unique physicochemical properties of ENP and their implications for environmental safety. This project will look at the existing methods available and will assess the appropriateness for use with ENP. The outcome will be a framework for the development of an intelligent testing strategy, including practical guidance and recommendations for industry and regulatory...

Wed 06 June 2012

Developing eco-friendly radio absorbing materials for anechoic chambers

Developing eco-friendly radio absorbing materials for anechoic chambers

An anechoic chamber is a large room lined with radio absorbing materials (RAMs) on the walls, floor and ceiling to simulate the free space environment - no echoes are generated; thus all outdoor electromagnetic measurements can be conducted inside a comfortable indoor environment, which is not subject to any interference. However, the RAM is expensive and not environmentally friendly. This project aims to develop an eco-friendly RAM, and build an anechoic chamber design tool which will...

Mon 28 May 2012

Improving selective laser melting methods for reduced materials use

Improving selective laser melting methods for reduced materials use

Selective Laser Melting (SLM) is an additive manufacturing process that produces metallic components, achieved by melting small diameter metal alloy powders and building a part layer by layer. This project will develop new materials and processes to make SLM the most efficient way to make ultra-lightweight structural components for aerospace and automotive industries The ambition is to reduce the weight of some structural components by 50% whilst at the same time reducing their carbon...

Mon 28 May 2012

Using bio-manipulation to optimise nutrient management within intensive farm systems

Using bio-manipulation to optimise nutrient management within intensive farm systems

Agricultural production in the future may be increasingly limited by the cost and availability of inorganic nutrient resources; consequently, organic forms of nutrients will play a key role in maintaining production and could be enhanced within many farm systems. This project will evaluate whether novel biological amendments (microbial and enzyme inoculations) can be used to increase the value of organic sources of nutrients on intensive livestock farms. This form of bio-manipulation can...

Mon 28 May 2012

An expert system service for sustainable planning in the renewable energy sector

An expert system service for sustainable planning in the renewable energy sector

Entrust is seeking to expand its services. This project aims to achieve that goal by developing a GIS-based planning framework that encompasses all aspects of both the UK and EU's renewable energy planning process. The software will contain the relevant planning, economic, environmental and social data necessary to assess the optimal location of new RE model, an innovative framework that will provide developers with the required planning information in an area by reason of environmental,...

Mon 21 May 2012

Development of an in-house wireless radio system to monitor & control devices inside buildings

Development of an in-house wireless radio system to monitor & control devices inside buildings

In a world where energy costs are increasing and climate change and CO2 emissions are negatively impacting on the environment, governments around the world are working hard to tackle such global issues. Invisible Systems has recently developed a wireless radio system to monitor and control the operation of major energy appliances and devices (such as boilers) inside buildings. This project will develop the in-house developed system into a competitive eco-innovative product, moving towards...

Mon 21 May 2012

Development of GIS for design and management of biodiversity in complex redevelopment sites

Development of GIS for design and management of biodiversity in complex redevelopment sites

The conservation of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides is a crucial element associated with sustaining environmental and human health and wellbeing. This project focuses on the design, development and application of a Geographical Information System (GIS) to assist in the strategic creation of habitats for protected species on a former industrial site. GIS techniques will be used as well as spatial modelling techniques. The research will set a bench mark for best practice that...

Mon 21 May 2012

Development of tools for modelling and assessment of land-use change

Development of tools for modelling and assessment of land-use change

There is a market for a robust service and methodology to ascribe economic values to proposed green infrastructure (GI) provision, and to enable improved modelling and assessment of land-use change. This project aims to develop a product that integrates GI mapping, evolved from the application of current spatial analysis software with economic assessment tools, which can be used to model how GI services impact on land-use change (GI-VAL). The tool will be sector-leading, providing economic...

Mon 21 May 2012

ECO@Home - energy control at home

ECO@Home - energy control at home

A home automation system allows you to monitor living spaces and to control elements such as lighting and heating. Currently, home automation systems are used for convenience of the occupants. The aim of this project is to design a home automation controller with the ability to carry complex energy management algorithms that are simple to configure and to use. The design will highlight the technology's tremendous potential to control and reduce energy consumption of residential properties.

Mon 21 May 2012

Electrochemical studies of the sodium metal-chloride battery

Electrochemical studies of the sodium metal-chloride battery

Motive power without fossil fuel consumption depends critically on the availability of batteries that meet modern needs regarding vehicle range, power, life and cost. All present battery chemistries fall short in most of these characteristics. The sodium metal-chloride battery is a promising candidate; however the energy available is limited by various design features and by the characteristics of the cathode. This project will use high-temperature electrochemical measurements to understand...

Mon 21 May 2012

Increase yield and control of final oxide mix while removing intermediate production stages

Increase yield and control of final oxide mix while removing intermediate production stages

2DHeat has a patent pending for a thick-film technology for novel, energy efficient, electric heating elements, which it is licensing to white goods manufacturers for use in mainstream domestic appliances. The technology uses mixed metal oxide powder preparations derived from Ni Cr Fe mixtures. The aim of this project is to increase the yield and control of the final metal oxide mix while eliminating intermediate production stages. It involves expertise in high temperature oxidation and...

Mon 21 May 2012

Microclimate Survey Array (MSA) for capture of data for green energy sources (145)

Microclimate Survey Array (MSA) Individual locations have micro climates, with different levels of wind and solar potential. In this project graduate will design, build, test and deploy an array of low-cost, compact, easy to deploy, self-powered, location-aware, mesh-radio-network-enabled units that capture data about the type and availability of green energy sources at high levels of granularity over a well-defined geographical area. Potential candidates for this position should have or...

Mon 21 May 2012

To develop LCS porous metals with novel structures for optimum heat exchange performance

To develop LCS porous metals with novel structures for optimum heat exchange performance

The Lost Carbonate Sintering (LCS) process is a patented process developed at the University of Liverpool for manufacturing micro-porous metals with controlled pore size and porosity. The project aims to develop LCS porous metals with novel structures for optimum heat exchange performance, optimising LCS conditions to create tailored porous structures and investigating the effects of structural parameters on the heat transfer coefficient. This will lead to production and commercialization of...

Mon 21 May 2012

Advanced filter design and production

Advanced filter design and production

Pumps and pumping systems in use in the UK consume approximately 13% of all electrical energy. This project aims to optimise the design and manufacture of high flow conical in-line filters and associated products, exploiting additive manufacturing technology (Selective Laser Melting) as well as new materials and product process development. The outcome will address the critically important need to reduce the energy demand of pump and filtration systems.

Fri 11 May 2012

Chemistry nanotechnology for energy storage and environmental monitoring

Chemistry nanotechnology for energy storage and environmental monitoring

Nanoflex have developed a technology for the reproducible fabrication of electrodes in which the critical dimension is 50nm. This project aims to use the technology for construction of nanoelectrode devices at critical dimensions, allowing for further and substantial performance advantages in energy storage and environmental monitoring. This involves fabrication, characterisation and fundamental studies of nanoelectrodes for batteries and environmental sensors. Positive short-term benefits...

Fri 11 May 2012

Electrode surfaces in novel fuel cells

Electrode surfaces in novel fuel cells

Fuel cells promise a clean and efficient way to produce electricity for industrial, domestic and transport applications. However, their uptake is currently limited by issues of cost and durability. ACAL Energy's FlowCath system eliminates 80% of the platinum from conventional Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells and sidesteps the significant degradation processes, but further development is needed to meet the efficiency and size requirements of a car. This project will contribute a...

Fri 11 May 2012

Modelling and engineering design for improved energy efficiency in an optimised grow cell

Modelling and engineering design for improved energy efficiency in an optimised grow cell

The Grow Cell project has the potential to change the way that we produce our food crops, reducing the carbon footprint and natural resources used. When compared to conventional greenhouses, the energy requirements, water consumption and carbon emissions are lowered in an optimally designed closed system. This project will deliver a demonstration Grow Cell, capable of producing sustainable food crops. No matter what the outside ambient conditions are, the Grow Cell will produce crops with up...

Fri 11 May 2012

Stoichiometry manipulation of inorganic compounds to function as near-infrared absorbers

Stoichiometry manipulation of inorganic compounds to function as near-infrared absorbers

The huge growth of digital printing has fuelled a need for sustainable alternatives to ink-jet printing, such as inkless digital printing which uses a system based on light initiated colour change reactions. This has driven a demand for materials that absorb near-infrared radiation. This project will investigate the ability of a variety of sustainably sourced inorganic compounds to function as near-infrared absorbers by manipulating their stoichiometry. A variety of inorganic compounds will be...

Fri 11 May 2012

Developing technology for a low-cost, power free renal therapy device

Developing technology for a low-cost, power free renal therapy device

Dialysis is one the most energy and resource greedy of treatments in today's healthcare system. This project will develop technology for a novel medical device that has the potential to revolutionise kidney dialysis treatment and reduce the environmental impact of current treatment methods.

Tue 24 April 2012

Evaluating a mass spectrometer to reveal ancient carbon in glacier systems

Evaluating a mass spectrometer to reveal ancient carbon in glacier systems

Ancient carbon reserves held beneath glacier systems are vulnerable to release as glaciers recede worldwide and could contribute to atmospheric greenhouse gases. This project will research long term changes in the global carbon cycle through an evaluation against a typical end-user application. Ultimately, this projects aims to develop mass spectrometry solutions to environmental problems, and contribute key information to product development, application and evaluation by the business, as...

Tue 24 April 2012

Quantifying GHG emissions in business supply chains

Quantifying GHG emissions in business supply chains

Understanding and quantifying how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are embodied in different goods and services is rapidly developing both as an academic area and as a business and policy tool. This project will develop much more rigorous and practical methods for quantifying GHG emissions in business supply chains, in particular to allow robust business decisions to be made about materials, products and services sourced from different regions of the world.

Tue 24 April 2012

Strategies for resilient and sustainable integrated catchment management

Strategies for resilient and sustainable integrated catchment management

Currently, water companies are cautious about the uptake of new tools and services across the water cycle, since there is limited quantitative information and it tends to be on a small scale. This project aims to develop strategies for resilient and sustainable integrated catchment management in the face of uncertain future change through modelling the future risks to the physical infrastructure of the system arising from environmental forcings. The ambition is to contribute robust and...

Tue 24 April 2012

Anaerobic digestion process regimes for energy recovery from waste

Anaerobic digestion process regimes for energy recovery from waste

With increased focus on climate change mitigation, the re-use of waste as a resource and new technological approaches which lower capital costs, anaerobic digestion has in recent years received increased attention among governments. This project will seek to determine the suitability of organic industrial waste streams from the UK and China for energy recovery using containerised, modular anaerobic digestion technology. Through a combination of desk and laboratory based studies, a detailed...

Mon 02 April 2012

Novel approaches to sustainable pest control through light manipulations

Novel approaches to sustainable pest control through light manipulations

Pest and disease management in intense agricultural systems has often been based almost exclusively on the application of pesticides. This project will investigate how potential new products that manipulate the light environment of crops grown in greenhouses or tunnels can contribute to sustainable pest control, reducing both crop damage and pesticide usage. The project combines fundamental crop and pest biology with direct, practical application of the technology in the major production areas...

Mon 02 April 2012

Optimisation of productivity and resource use efficiency in vertical farming

Optimisation of productivity and resource use efficiency in vertical farming

There is a need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to feed the increasing global population. However, the potential to increase the area of crops grown is limited. This project will investigate the use of an innovative crop production system to extend plant growth into the vertical dimension (vertical farming). It divides the growth environment into three zones (aerial, rhizosphere, and core) which can be manipulated independently. The ambition is to address how these zones can be manipulated to...

Mon 02 April 2012

Optimising nutrient use efficiency in crop production

Optimising nutrient use efficiency in crop production

Calcium is an essential plant nutrient and is crucial to ensure both the quality and value of crops. Plant Impact have developed a technology to improve calcium uptake and retention in plant tissues. This interdisciplinary project will exploit novel imaging technologies to track calcium movement at the cellular level, with the ultimate aim of optimising the efficacy of novel agrochemicals in order to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture systems that rely on the use of calcium...

Mon 02 April 2012