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Alternative Energy
22nd July 2020
Report calls for national delivery to decarbonise heat

A new Heat Commission convened by the CBI and University of Birmingham has called on the Government to develop a National Delivery Body (NDB) to lead the development and implementation of a national strategy to decarbonise heat.

Alternative Energy
8th July 2020
Supporting African farmers and rural communities

A new African Centre of Excellence for sustainable cooling and cold chain based in Rwanda will help get African farmers’ produce to market quickly and efficiently - reducing food waste, boosting profits and creating jobs.

Alternative Energy
24th June 2020
Wind turbines to defend national grid from power cuts

A ‘smart’ system that controls the storage and release of energy from wind turbines will reduce the risk of power cuts and support the increase of wind energy use worldwide, say researchers at the University of Birmingham.

22nd June 2020
COVID-19 causing a rethink of manufacturing processes

A new study has shown that manufacturers must redesign and reform their manufacturing processes if they want to survive and prosper in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

8th June 2020
How people in Africa can access COVID-19 vaccine

Scientists are launching a key study to help African nations prepare for the sustainable distribution of an eventual COVID-19 vaccine. Mass, rapid COVID-19 vaccination will be an immense challenge for sub-Saharan Africa countries with significant rural populations and existing cold-chain infrastructure will need to be significantly improved if a vaccine is to reach the people who need it.

Alternative Energy
20th May 2020
Relight the fire: stoking our economy with heat!

As the Bank of England predicts a decline in the UK’s economy with a shrinkage of 14%, the worst recession on record, with dramatic impact for UK jobs, there is a feeling of helplessness as the country emerges cautiously from the lockdown. Written by Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI)

7th May 2020
Researchers race to develop sustainable COVID-19 vaccine

Scientists are launching a major new research project in India that will help to engineer an efficient and sustainable delivery mechanism - ready to get an eventual COVID-19 vaccine to billions of people around the globe.

3D Printing
4th February 2020
Transformative 3D printing approach from biology

Engineers need to get more creative in their approach to design and additive manufacturing (AM) systems, by taking inspiration from the way humans grow and develop, say researchers at the University of Birmingham.

8th January 2020
Roboticist chairs global nuclear expert group

University of Birmingham Professor of Robotics, Rustam Stolkin, has been elected as Chair of a new international Expert Group on Robotic and Remote Systems (EGRSS) - part of the OECD’s global Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), which brings together the governments of 33 member nations.

14th October 2019
How can the aviation industry adopt cleaner and greener fuel?

The University of Birmingham is leading a new research consortium that will tackle climate change by investigating the barriers and benefits to the UK aviation industry adopting low carbon synthetic fuel. The NewJet Network+ is one of five new groups announced by the Government looking at ways of removing the obstacles and address the challenges of decarbonising transport in the UK.

22nd August 2019
Symposium on clean energy utilisation and energy storage

British experts from academia and industry joined their Chinese counterparts for the 2nd UK-China symposium on clean energy utilisation and energy storage. Over 100 delegates gathered at the University of Birmingham to showcase their recent developments in addressing some of the toughest challenges of climate change through the use of clean energy utilisation and energy storage. 

21st August 2019
Birmingham technology could defend UK against power blackouts

Technology developed at the University of Birmingham could protect the UK and other countries from national electricity blackouts. Britain has high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission links with neighbouring countries, including France, Ireland, Holland and Norway, an efficient way of transporting electricity, but vulnerable to alternating-current (AC) faults.

10th June 2019
China renewables experts plan sustainable energy future

University of Birmingham scientists joined their Chinese counterparts at the 2019 UK-China Future Energy System Development Forum to explore new and innovative ways of accelerating the adoption of renewable energy. 

4th February 2019
Gas turbine tech to boost electric vehicles’ range

Electric vehicles that travel a complete journey on each charge, making them more appealing to drivers, have moved a step closer. University of Birmingham scientists have received a £554,000 grant from Innovate UK to work with partners in China to develop the turbo range extender which charges vehicles on the run and resolves the range concerns associated with electric vehicles.

9th May 2018
Microbeads could combat infection in burn wounds

Computer simulations of microscopic, protein-coated beads that block bacteria from binding to host cells suggest that the microbeads could help reduce or eliminate bacterial infections in burn wounds. Dr Paul Roberts from the University of Birmingham’s School of Mathematics, UK., and colleagues present these new findings, funded by the BBSRC, in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.

Test & Measurement
16th February 2018
Halving the number of liver biopsies needed in the NHS

A study jointly led by the University of Birmingham and University of Edinburgh has revealed that a new scanning technology could almost halve the number of liver biopsies carried out on people with fatty liver disease. The authors of the study, also carried out in collaboration with the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford, concluded that 458 out of every 1,000 liver biopsies could be avoided if people are first assessed using scanning tech...

Test & Measurement
12th October 2017
Gold 'nanoprobes' used to track blood flow in tiny vessels

Scientists have designed gold nanoparticles, no bigger than 100 nanometres, which can be coated and used to track blood flow in the smallest blood vessels in the body. By improving our understanding of blood flow in vivo the nanoprobes represent an opportunity to help in the early diagnosis of disease. Light microscopy is a rapidly evolving field for understanding in vivo systems where high resolution is required.

8th March 2017
Meet the pigeon pollution patrol coming to a sky near you

It is estimated that air pollution is associated with around 40,000 excess deaths in the UK each year. Even more shockingly, the World Health Organisation estimates that as many as 92% of the world's population are exposed to dirty air. Particularly an issue in the developed world, exhaust fumes from diesel cars is one of the major contributors to air pollution. Paris, Athens, Mexico City and Madrid plan to ban all diesel cars from their cit...

16th February 2017
IM makes key US appointment to drive commercialisation

Irresistible Materials has announced the appointment of Warren Montgomery as Vice President of Product Strategy and Commercialisation, to drive the commercial launch of a product range based on a technology developed at the University of Birmingham.

24th November 2016
Fibroblasts could provide target for treatment of RA

A study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham reveals the key role of different types of fibroblast cells in the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), opening up an avenue for research into treatment of the disease. Synovial Fibroblasts (SFs) are cells that make up part of the connective tissue, or synovium, around human joints. In RA patients, SF cells cause damage by invading and attacking the cartilage and bone around the...

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