But all hope is not lost
Over the years, YES alumni have come up with some innovative ideas to tackle environmental management challenges such as pollution and waste and creating renewable energy. Here are just a few of them:
AquaTect Solutions (University of Edinburgh) developed a fluorescent enzyme strip for rapid detection of waterborne pathogens in water treatment facilities cutting detection time by 85% saving companies water, energy and money.
BioHome (University of Liverpool) produced a domestic scale anaerobic digester to generate and store biogas using household food waste to fuel hobs and ovens.
BioPhosphate Solutions (University of Bristol) filtered phosphate from waste water and then sold by-product as a phosphate-rich fertiliser relieving dependence on mining the dwindling global phosphorus reserves.
BioPlas Technologies (University of Sheffield) genetically modified a bacterial species found in the Pacific Ocean which breaks down polystyrene into its monomer styrene moving us towards a zero-waste economy.
eGlaze (University of Cambridge) formulated a transparent phase change material for use in windows alleviating the energy burden of commercial and residential buildings.
Solox (University of Oxford) invented a novel catalyst for artificial photosynthesis enabling the production of hydrocarbons using existing oil infrastructure taking solar systems off-grid when oil runs out.
What’s your innovative idea for #YES18?
For the Energy, Engineering and Environmental workshop, remember your challenges are as follows:
- 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
Don’t forget to be creative! With the idea being hypothetical (but plausible) blue-sky thinking lends itself perfectly to the production of innovative ideas. Your thoughts do not need to be hindered just because they may not be scientifically possible YET!
For those using the Researcher Development Framework tool, designed by Vitae to help Early Career Researchers (ECRs) evaluate and plan their own personal, professional and career development, a number of the descriptors in “knowledge and intellectual abilities” are touched upon through this process.
We look forward to finding out more about your amazing ideas for #ProtectOurPlanet.
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