Nov. 12, 2008
The University of Bath receives £1 million award to support cutting-edge energy and environmental research
This award will be used to advance innovate research on increasing fuel efficiency in cars, using straw bales as a low carbon building material, and investigating the reliability of satellite navigation systems. The award is funded by the Technology Strategy B oard (TSB).
Improving fuel efficiency
Professor Gary Hawley, Dr Chris Brace and Dr Sam Akehurst from the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded £510,000 as part of the ‘Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform’.
Their project will help develop new technology to improve the fuel consumption of car engines. Their aim is to increase fuel efficiency by between 5-10 per cent, helping car users to reduce their transport costs as well as improving the environment by cutting carbon dioxide emissions. This project is in partnership with Ford, BP and Mahle Powertrain.
Low carbon building materials
The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering has been awarded £257,000 for a two-year study of an innovative low carbon system for housing construction.
The 'BaleHaus' project, led by Professor Pete Walker and Dr Andrew Heath, uses prefabricated straw bale wall panels to build load-bearing, low rise residential buildings. Working in collaboration with seven industrial partners, including White Design Associates architects, the study will consider material performance, product design and the manufacture process.
Assessing Global Navigation Satellite Systems
Dr Robert Watson and Professor Cathryn Mitchell from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering have been awarded £285,000 to investigate the reliability of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS, which can suffer signal interference from buildings, terrain and from the Earth’s atmosphere.
This project, part of the TSB’s ‘Data gathering in complex environments’ programme, is a partnership with six other organisations, including Chronos Technology Ltd, Ordnance Survey and Imperial College London.
All three projects are from the University's Faculty of Engineering & Design.
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