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  • How is nanotechnology contributing to the Clean Growth Grand Challenge?

    5th Jul 2018

    Dr Alvin Orbaek White from Swansea University presented his research project which involves the upcycling of plastics, primarily from waste food packaging, as a carbon source for making carbon nanotubes, a nanomaterial with strength, conduction and high surface area properties. He said: “Instead of plastics ending up in our water – as microplastic in our sea salt or in our food – or ending up in landfill and polluting our natural environment, we should consider this material as a reservoir of highly purified carbon sources that could be used for other purposes.”

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  • UK Environmental Coalition Pursues Carbon Quantum Wire and Capacitance in Support of Government's Recently Announced Clean Growth Initiative

    Cision , 2nd Jul 2018

    Consistent with this objective, and highlighting the important role of innovation in supporting cost reduction, a collaboration of Very Large Scale Decarbonization Partners (VLS Decarb) and Swansea University's Energy Safety and Research Institute (ESRI) is developing carbon nanotube quantum conducting wire and capacitor technologies; the latter of which will provide a vastly superior battery alternative to lithium ion battery technology and other chemical battery formats, the former of which will afford huge savings in energy costs by virtue of drastically reducing energy losses in electric power transmissions lines and affording the storage of intermittently produced electric power from renewables such as wind, wave and sun.

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  • 30% of the UK’s natural gas could be replaced by hydrogen, cutting carbon emissions

    Swansea University Press Office , 11th Jun 2018

    Dr Charles Dunnill of the Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University said:
    “Up to 30% of the UK’s gas supply can be replaced with hydrogen, without needing to modify people’s appliances. As a low carbon domestic fuel, hydrogen-enriched natural gas can cut our greenhouse gas emissions, helping the UK meet its obligations under the 2016 Paris Climate Change Agreement. Hydrogen-enrichment can make a difference now, but it could also prove a valuable stepping-stone towards a future, pure hydrogen, zero carbon gas network.”

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  • Neath Port Talbot at Heart of Next Generation Green Energy Schemes

    Business News Wales , 11th Jun 2018

    The County Borough is the base for the only demonstration area in Wales for FLEXIS (Flexible Integrated Energy Systems) – the £24m research operation aimed at developing an energy research capability in Wales complementing the world class facilities in Welsh universities.

    FLEXIS is backed by Cardiff University, Swansea University and the University of South Wales and will be delivered in two geographical areas; West Wales and the Valleys and East Wales.

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  • 30% of the UK's natural gas could be replaced by hydrogen, cutting carbon emissions

    EurekAlert! The Global Source for Science News , 10th Jun 2018

    Almost a third of the natural gas fuelling UK homes and businesses could be replaced by hydrogen, a carbon free fuel, without requiring any changes to the nation's boilers and ovens, a pioneering study by Swansea University researchers has shown.

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