YES19 empowering sustainability
Our entrepreneurial scientists and engineers taking part in YES19 will be creating novel solutions to empower sustainability, a crucial supporter of meeting climate change targets.
During the Energy, engineering and environment workshop taking place at the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry, Nottingham, early career researchers will team up to provide solutions for the most pressing scientific warning of our time. They will also be looking to generate ideas to address challenges in the following fields:
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- Environmental management (such as issues involving drainage, flood, pollution, waste etc.)
- Innovative manufacturing
- Reducing the environmental impacts of transport
- Renewable energy technologies
- Robotics and artificial intelligence
- Satellites and space technologies
- Smart energy technologies
- Smart urban environments
- Sustainable energy storage
Innovative ideas to halt climate change
Over the years, YES alumni have come up with some innovative ideas to reduce carbon emissions and create renewable energy. Here are just a few of them:
eGlaze (University of Cambridge) formulated a transparent phase change material for use in windows alleviating energy burden of buildings.
Solairtion (University of Nottingham) targeted the aviation industry to coat planes with solar cells as an alternative source of energy.
Solox (University of Oxford) invented a novel catalyst for artificial photosynthesis enabling the production of hydrocarbons using existing oil infrastructure.
Viridios Coatings (University of Nottingham) developed a hydrogel sealant capable of sustaining plant growth while protecting underlying concrete.
A new group of postgraduates and postdocs will be developing their novel ideas as part of the 2019 competition. Participants’ creativity isn’t hindered by the constraints of what may be scientifically possible right now – ideas just need to plausible in this first instance. This allows room for creativity which can lead anywhere!
We can’t wait to see what they come up with in answer to the climate change challenge.