Impact

The research undertaken within our School really does make a difference. It has direct impact on society, industry, health, public policy and the economy on a local, national, and international level. We support commercialisation of research by facilitating the development of spin-out companies and foster intellectual property licensing. We regularly take part in public engagement events that span all age groups. We present a number of case studies below highlighting the breadth of our activities and how our research underpins a wide range of innovations and enriches our culture.

Multisensor System's E-Nose 'smells' fuel in water

Early detection of fuel leaks is vital in order to improve methods of risk assessment and management, and ultimately prevent costly incidents where oil leaks into rivers and waterways.

Carbon Calculations over the Life Cycle of Industrial Activities (CCaLC)

Pollution

We have developed software tools so companies can estimate the 'cradle to grave' carbon footprint of their products. Endorsed by UK government departments and partnered with the World Bank, the free CCaLC software has over 4,000 users in more than 70 countries; it has achieved estimated climate change mitigation benefits worth more than £450 million.

Pinch technology

Refinery

The production of chemicals - from fuels to commodity polymers - is energy intensive and costly. But production costs and greenhouse gas emissions are now falling following research at the Centre for Process Integration. New modelling and software tools based on methods collectively known as 'pinch technology' identify cost effective efficiency savings in chemical processing; chemical companies around the globe have used the software to make production more sustainable - and cut their fuel bills by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Best Route Innovative Technology Evaluation and Selection Techniques

Storage tanks

The production of chemicals - from fuels to commodity polymers - is energy intensive and costly. But production costs and greenhouse gas emissions are now falling following research at the Centre for Process Integration. New modelling and software tools based on methods collectively known as 'pinch technology' identify cost effective efficiency savings in chemical processing; chemical companies around the globe have used the software to make production more sustainable - and cut their fuel bills by hundreds of millions of dollars.

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