Stopford’s Renewable Energy Technologist Alex Hulley attended Lancaster University’s Engineering Innovation day, a 50th Anniversary event showcasing departmental research, development and training activities that have potential for industrial uptake. The event was attended by companies from across the UK, representing a range of interests varying from nuclear instrumentation to electronics in the defence sector.
The event highlighted that collaboration between academia and industry creates mutually beneficial opportunities, combining the research capabilities within academia with industry requirements and experience. Lancaster University promoted their expertise and upcoming departmental developments, including a planned £70m Engineering building to expand their chemical engineering and manufacturing capabilities.
Products stemming from research projects was a key focus for the day. Lancaster’s Richard Dawson presented on a spin-out company, LiNa Energy, seeking to commercialise a sodium-based (Na-Ni-Cl) battery platform with benefits over existing Lithium-ion chemistries. Current LU students pitched for funding on their start-ups, ranging from a remote sensing platform operating a pay-monthly subscription model, to a soil monitoring device linked with an app to create a “smart” garden!
Stopford took the opportunity to discuss recent activity in areas such as Plasmergy – an ongoing collaboration with Lancaster University – MIP Gasification and Torrefaction.
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