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UEA gets grant to find green technology

PUBLISHED: 07:30 28 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

A multi-million pound grant has been won by UEA to find and develop pioneering 'green' technology from around the world.

By environment correspondent Tara Greaves.

A multi-million pound grant has been won by UEA to find and develop pioneering 'green' technology from around the world.

Innovators are being asked to send their ideas for low carbon technology - such as intelligent lighting that switches off when no one is around or schemes for lowering transport emissions - to the £5m government funded project.

It could be a piece of hardware or kit already built or a method for saving energy that needs testing in an independent environment so it can be taken to the next level and hopefully brought into the market place.

Prof Trevor Davies, UEA pro vice chancellor and director of the CRed carbon reduction campaign, was part of the team which bid for the Carbon Connections money from Office of Science and Innovation.

He said: “Carbon Connections has been made possible as a result of the groundbreaking work of CRed which has established the foundation for this next step which will enable the development of new technology and new ways of doing things with adequate financial support at an international level.”

Among the official partners for the project are the University of North Carolina in America and Fudan and Tongji University in China - two countries which are among the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas linked to global warming.

Although officially launched in September, the team is already on the look out for a maximum of 50 projects.

Simon Gerrard, CRed project manager, said: “The argument is always that there are a lot of embryonic ideas for low carbon technologies and services but not many of them get to the market place partly, we feel, because there is not enough independent evidence to say whether or not they work.

“We want to get 30-50 projects running in the next couple of years in every area not just domestic.”

Some of the money will be used to pay project managers who will be based in a number of places to make sure the work progresses.

A project director and an advisory board will also be appointed for the project which has funded for two years but will hopefully continue in the long term.

There will be a formal application process for those interested in submitting their projects and applying for money for testing.

Testing will take place both in an academic setting but also in the real world with a number of companies already signed up to take part.

For more information contact Dr Gerrard on 01603 593458 or email www.simon.gerrard@uea.ac.uk.


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