BRIstol Technologies for the Environment: Innovation


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ULTRA Vehicle
The ULTRA vehicle - Image courtesy of Advanced Transport Systems Ltd


The University is developing a range of innovative environmental technologies. Recent highlights include:

  • A €980,000 award by the energy company E.ON for the development of a novel solar power device. This complements materials research being performed by the Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) group for the development of wind and tidal turbine devices.

  • A US $13 million grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of Aquatest, the world's first low-cost, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that will give a reliable indication of water quality.

  • Heathrow Airport's installation of ULTRA (Urban Light TRAnsport), a sustainable transport system developed through a University spin-out company.    

The development of such technologies is facilitated by the Research and Enterprise Development (RED) department, which provides a range of services for supporting industrial collaboration and early stage business ventures.