Two research teams from London South bank University (LSBU) have received £ 1.5 million funds from European Union for developing innovative technology and clean energy nanotechnology research. The research projects will enhance the efficiency and will simultaneously reduce the overall environmental impact.
The first project is about improving the cold storage equipments in Europe (ICE-E) and will be led by Professor Graeme Maidment and Judith Evans, Department of Urban engineering, LSBU. A total of nine partners will work for two year with the aim to increase the use of energy efficiency refrigeration technologies.
Refrigeration is one of the major energy consuming processes which roughly consumes around 35% of the energy in the food industry and at the same time loss of refrigerants also contributes the climate change and global warming. The research will provide some useful energy efficient usage of the existing equipments and will also provide the know-how to make future cost-effective and energy efficient techniques.
The next project is about manufacturing and applications of nanostructured materials and the project will led by Professor Davis Gawne of Surface Engineering, LSBU. Nanotechnology and nanostructured materials are being used in almost all the applications including energy, medicine, electronics, refining etc., however in Europe there is slow intake of the nanotechnology.
The project will find out the focus on developing new nanomaterials that can find applications in battery, solar cells and energy sectors. The project team will also ensure that the nanotechnology goes out of research centre and applies into the industry.