Thermal Management in Polymer Processing

Lead Research Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Department Name: Sch Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Abstract

The U.K is one of the top 5 plastics processing countries in Europe with a turnover of 19 billion accounting for 2.1% of GDP (equivalent to the metals industry). The industry is made up of 7,400 companies falling mainly into the SME category.The sector is growing year on year as more traditional materials are being replaced by plastics, for example, in the construction industry a 6 million tonnes usage in 2004 is projected to grow to 8 million tonnes in 2010 while in the automotive industry the typical car now contains 10% plastic by weight. For a typical UK plastics company the electricity bill is usually between 1 and 3% of turnover, which amounts to 380 million per annum for the UK (this is only electricity costs - 80% of polymer processors in the UK use both electricity and gas). A reduction in electricity usage of 10% would result in savings of 38 million per annum and a significant reduction in environmental burden. There are many areas in a typical polymer processing plant where energy use could be reduced. A prime example is in the extrusion area where machines running at non-optimised conditions and without proper control systems in place can account for 15-20% of overall process energy losses. The cooling of polymer parts is also a prime area for consideration with chiller systems running at non-optimised temperatures and flow rates. It is evident from the figures for the polymer industry that there is a need to improve energy efficiency within the industry but for any energy management system to be effective measures must be taken to optimise the whole plant and not just isolated pieces of equipment. For this reason, this proposal will apply a whole systems approach to attaining energy efficiency within the polymer processing industry by developing a software based, Energy Management Tool (EMT). This approach will be complemented by the development of process monitoring and control technologies to optimise energy use in extrusion.
 
Description Major low or no cost improvements are possible in polymer processing. An example from this research project was in a company where it was shown that £100,000 could be saved annually by installing simple switches on auxiliary equipment in the plant. This saving is the equivalent of £2.35 million in new sales. Converting potential energy savings into '£' is critical to engaging senior management buy-in to energy saving initiatives but that alone is not sufficient. Often, middle managers are too busy with productivity enhancements to monitor the data necessary to support energy reduction measures. A key finding from this research is that solutions must require little human intervention - automation where possible.
Exploitation Route The identification of the real extent of possible savings to the industry of low/no cost measures should act as an incentive to the industry to engage in energy reduction initiatives.
Sectors Energy,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

 
Description Professor Harkin-Jones was appointed to the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Commission in This group commissioned an inquiry into sustainable manufacturing in the UK. The commission's inaugural report entitled Industrial Evolution - Making British Manufacturing Sustainable (www.policyconnect.org.uk/apmg/manufacturing-commission) was published in October 2015.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic

 
Description All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Commission: Commissioned report : Industrial Evolution-making british manufacturing sustainable
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Establishment of the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research in 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. Future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy was established, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries' manufacturing ambitions. First batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017 to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering. Jazreel Goh, Director Education China at the British Council, said: "The UK and China have a long history of education collaboration. Indeed, with more than 275 joint programmes and institutes, the UK and China are world-leading partners in transnational education. But if we want to take forward our shared ambitions of increasing international collaboration, accelerating the growth of world-class universities, and boosting our engineering capacity, we need to look beyond institution-to-institution partnerships. With the establishment of the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research we have taken a significant step towards making those ambitions a reality and initiating a new era in UK-China education collaboration." Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, commented: "Universities UK welcome the provision of funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to support innovative initiatives in China such as this transnational Consortium. Having worked with BEIS and the British Council to design and secure funding for this initiative it is fantastic to see Queen's University Belfast and their partner UK universities success in delivering this programme, which promises to create long term benefit for both countries."
URL http://www.ukchinaengineering.com/
 
Description UK-China workshop on shaping a low carbon energy future
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The UK-China workshop on 'Shaping low carbon energy future', in junction with workshops on 'Intelligent computing and control for networked systems' & 'Smart grids and electric vehicles'', provided unique and exciting opportunities for researchers and industrialists worldwide, in particular early career researchers from UK and China to work together to generate innovative ideas for shaping low carbon energy future, which aimed to eventually generate impacts and benefit the society, in particular poor populations which still suffer from fuel poverty and poor access to bulk power. This was achieved via knowledge sharing, brain-storming, knowledge transfer trainings and social networking events. It contributed to the capacity building of early career researchers through mentoring scheme and training, and encouraged high-impact joint publications and help to foster long-term collaborations of researchers and industrialists through joint application of research grants and formation of a research consortium. Ultimately, it will help achieve the strategic plan of developing all around UK-China collaborations in science and technology in delivering impact, shaping capability and training future leaders. Attendees also include Consul General and Minister Counsellor from Chinese Embassy and NSFC Head of Department, who have since the workshop promoted the UK-China partnership on energy research. The workshop has trained a number of early career researchers, and a network has been established among attendees.
URL http://ukchinaenergy.com/
 
Description Competence Centre Funding
Amount £86,925 (GBP)
Organisation Invest Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description EPSRC Feasibility study: EPSRC Centre for industrial sustainability
Amount £48,798 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Optimising energy management in industry ('OPTEMIN')
Amount £1,640,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P004636/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 11/2019
 
Description Optimising energy management in industry ('OPTEMIN2')
Amount £1,640,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P004636/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 11/2019
 
Description Proof of Concept funding from Invest Northern Ireland: Integrating energy efficiency monitoring, control and optimization for plastics industry
Amount £103,686 (GBP)
Organisation Invest Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 06/2015
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities", UK-China Knowledge Economy Education Partnership
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Title Low-cost process monitoring for polymer extrusion 
Description Polymer extrusion is regarded as an energy-intensive production process, and the real-time monitoring of both energy consumption and melt quality has become necessary to meet new carbon regulations and survive in the highly competitive plastics market. The use of a power meter is a simple and easy way to monitor energy, but the cost can sometimes be high. On the other hand, viscosity is regarded as one of the key indicators of melt quality in the polymer extrusion process. Unfortunately, viscosity cannot be measured directly using current sensory technology. The employment of on-line, in-line or off-line rheometers is sometimes useful, but these instruments either involve signal delay or cause flow restrictions to the extrusion process, which is obviously not suitable for real-time monitoring and control in practice. In this paper, simple and accurate real-time energy monitoring methods are developed. This is achieved by looking inside the controller, and using control variables to calculate the power consumption. For viscosity monitoring, a 'soft-sensor' approach based on an RBF neural network model is developed. The model is obtained through a two-stage selection and differential evolution, enabling compact and accurate solutions for viscosity monitoring. The proposed monitoring methods were tested and validated on a Killion KTS-100 extruder, and the experimental results show high accuracy compared with traditional monitoring approaches 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The method has led to the development of Point Energy technology which has won several awards and currently been implemented in several industrial companies for energy saving. 
URL http://www.pointenergy.org/
 
Title Viscosity inference 
Description A model identification procedure based on grey-box modelling with a genetic algorithm for viscosity modelling, and further improved a soft sensor approach with a feedback structure to enable the online adaptability of the viscosity model in response to modelling errors and disturbances, hence producing a reliable estimate of viscosity. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2012 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Soft sensor technology for measuring the melt viscosity of polymer extrusion has won a Third prize in 2012 China (International) Transducer & Sensor Innovation Contest. 
 
Description Collaboration with Irwin's Bakery 
Organisation Irwin's Bakery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Irwin's Bakery commits to providing a contribution 'in-kind' to the project in terms of engineering assistance. This support is £7500. The company have targeted a 10% reduction of energy costs and usage. Therefore Irwin's Bakery provides some funding towards purchases of equipment which will aid the monitoring of energy usage (electrical and gas) across the bakery operations. This funding is £1500.
Collaborator Contribution Our research has led to the development of a series of universal low-cost interface devices that will allow the measurement of a very wide range of data and can be used to provide predictive fault analysis and advice on energy saving. Based on two previous EPSRC and one POC projects, this novel award winning energy and health monitoring system has been developed for polymer processing and can be directly applied to other manufacturing areas. The system monitors energy consumption at deep level through non-invasive sensing technology. No modification to the existing processes is required, providing a flexible and non-intrusive metering solution. The acquired data is sent wirelessly to a remote data server through the 3G/4G network and useful information is extracted. Users can also access their data and key information through a web browser. The main advantage of our system compared to other alternatives is that information at different granularity levels is collected and linked to energy consumption. This provides better insights into energy usage and leads to substantial opportunities to save energy for energy intensive manufacturing industrial sectors. In order to accelerate the impact, we have collaborated with Irwin's Bakery and have deployed the system in the production line, and collected data are fed back to the company, and the company is taking various measures suggested by the team to improve their energy efficiency.
Impact The developed minimal invasive cloud-based energy monitoring system has been installed in Irwin's Bakery and up running for over a half year, and data collected are fed back to the companies, and insightful recommendations are given to the company to improve the energy efficiency which are currently under implementation by the company, The company has set a target to save energy 10%, and this system has paved the way to achieve its target.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Consultancy work for GSK 
Organisation GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The work on extrusion has attracted the interest from GSK which has requested consultancy work for a new production process where extrusion control is a critical part. The consultancy work has started in 2015, and contract has been signed.
Collaborator Contribution GSK will provide consultancy fee to the university.
Impact Initial meetings and discussions have been made.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Industrial collaboration with Greiner Packaging 
Organisation Greiner Packaging
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Greiner Packaging in Killyman Road Industrial Estate, DUNGANNON, BT71 6LN, County Tyrone is part of the Greiner Packaging International, one of the leading European packaging producers. The project team has worked closely with Greiner Packaging, and Greiner Packaging has supported the research in a number of ways, including contributing raw materials for testing, and joining regulation meetings and allowing researchers to get access to the facilities in the company and carry out a number of tests. The collaboration with Greiner Packaging Ltd has been intensive, the contributions include contribution of raw polymer materials for experiments, regular meeting with the engineering team in Greiner Packaging, and allowing research team to get access to the facilities for various of tests. The company has also supported the application of a new funding for a Proof of Concept project from Invest Northern Ireland.
Collaborator Contribution Project meeting, access to their processing machines
Impact Energy monitoring for the processing machine installed, and some feedback on machine condition potentially saved them time and money.
Start Year 2008
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation Beijing Institute of Technology
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation Cardiff University
Department School of Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation Chongqing University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation Dalian University of Technology
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation Harbin Institute of Technology
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation Northwestern Polytechnical University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation South China University of Technology
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation Southeast University China
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation Tianjin University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation Tongji University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation University College London
Department Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department Faculty of Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Consortium for the collaboration with Chinese Excellence League (E9) Group of Universities 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department School of Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university consortium co-established by UK and China specializing in engineering education and research. The partnership was set up following a prestigious award by BEIS and administrated by the British Council, which is aimed at building higher education links and helping to improve the quality of engineering research and teaching in China. The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China. It will be led by Queen's University Belfast, and includes the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, University College London, The University of Nottingham and The University of Warwick. The secretariat is at Queen's University Belfast. The Chinese universities include Southeast University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, South China University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Tongji University. The secretariat is located in Southeast University. During a delegation to Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP in September, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy agreed to fund the significant £200,000 award through the British Council with second year follow-on funding of another £200,000.The funding will enable the successful universities to work closely with the top nine engineering institutions in China, which will allow the UK universities to create a critical mass on a cluster of key engineering areas, such as energy and advanced manufacturing, and will help maintain the UK's global standing in light of increasing international competition. It will also allow China to make the transition from a big manufacturer to a manufacturing industry superpower. QUB is the secretariat institution, hosting management team for the consortium, and support all activities on engineering research and collaboration with E9 partner institutions in China, and in addition Queen's University invests £80,000 to support research student and staff mobility to these partner universities in China.
Collaborator Contribution All UK and Chinese partner universities contribute significantly to staff and research student mobility among partner universities in the UK and China University Consortium, organise and host research seminars, and carry out joint research projects. One of the activities is to establish the future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy, which was developed through the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UK-China UCEER) and aims to build UK-China teams to support both countries manufacturing ambitions. The academy received the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy is hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Impact UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research was established in May 2017, the first of its kind between UK and China. The consortium brings together 15 leading universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in sustainable energy and intelligent manufacturing, as one of the two education statements signed at the UK-China high-level people-to-people dialogue held in London in December 2017. The future Engineers' Leadership and Innovation Academy has been established with the first batch of 26 PhD students from across the Consortium met in Beijing in Nov 2017, and over two weeks period these students met in Beijing to develop new technical and creative skills that will help them to solve global challenges. The Academy was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and delivered by staff from Queen's University Belfast and BIT. Working together in transnational teams the students have applied their innovation and leadership skills to topics such as disaster management using unmanned aerial vehicles. This is the first step in building enhanced transnational PhD educational opportunities between the UK and China in engineering.
Start Year 2017
 
Title Point Energy 
Description Point energy technology has been developed to offer low-cost component level energy monitoring, providing actionable insights that reduce energy costs and optimise manufacturing processes (http://www.pointenergy.org/). The technology has won several awards, such as 1) Invent2016 Category Winner, Point Energy Technology, Invent 2016, NISP CONNECT, Sept 29, 2016; 2) Finalist, Point Energy Technology, SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards 2016, 2016; 3) Institute of Measurement and Control ICI Prize, for the best paper published in Transactions in 2014, The technology has been tested in several industrial partners from polymer processing to food processing, and attracted substantial interest from industry, public and investors. 
Type Of Technology Systems, Materials & Instrumental Engineering 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Point energy technology has won several awards, such as 1) Invent2016 Category Winner, Point Energy Technology, Invent 2016, NISP CONNECT, Sept 29, 2016; 2) Finalist, Point Energy Technology, SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards 2016, 2016; 3) Institute of Measurement and Control ICI Prize, for the best paper published in Transactions in 2014, The technology has been tested in Irwin's Bakery which the system has effectively offer cloud-based energy consumption at component level to the company for over a half year, and the company started to implement insightful advice to reduce energy consumption, the system has also been tested in Greiner packaging since 2015, Coca-cola from 2016, etc. The system will also deployed in several other industrial companies through a most recent EPSRC project for optimising energy consumption in industry. 
URL http://www.pointenergy.org/
 
Description UK-China workshop on 'Shaping low carbon energy future' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UK-China workshop on 'Shaping low carbon energy future', in junction with workshops on 'Intelligent computing and control for networked systems' & 'Smart grids and electric vehicles'', provided a unique and exciting opportunities for researchers and industrialists worldwide, in particular early career researchers from UK and China to work together to generate innovative ideas for shaping low carbon energy future, which will eventually generate impacts and benefit the society, in particular poor populations which still suffer from fuel poverty and poor access to bulk power. This has been achieved via knowledge sharing, brain-storming, knowledge transfer trainings and social networking events. It will also contribute significantly to the capacity building of early career researchers through mentoring scheme and training, and encourage high-impact joint publications and help to foster long-term collaborations of researchers and industrialists through joint application of research grants and formation of a research consortium. Ultimately, it will help achieve the strategic plan of developing all around UK-China collaborations in science and technology in delivering impact, shaping capability and training future leaders. The whole event was attended by over 90 people from UK and China, across different sectors. The workshop covered a wide range of topics, and sparkled a lot of debates, and a UK-China consortium on shaping low carbon energy future has been formed. The workshop was also opened to public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://ukchinaenergy.com/programme/
 
Description Invited Keynote Speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited Keynote Speech by Prof Kang Li at International Seminar on EEM [Efficient Energy Management], in conjunction with SWEET 2016, Gwangju, EVIT (Energy Valley Institute of Technology), South Korea, March 16-17, 2016. Title: 'Decarbonizing the whole energy system from top to tail - big data analytics and intelligent control approach'. Over 150 audience from business, industry, general public, and professional practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Keynote speech at 2017 International Conference on Life System Modelling and Simulation (LSMS 2017), and on Intelligent Computing for Sustainable Energy and Environment (ICSEE'17), 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote speech delivered at 2017 International Conference on Life System Modelling and Simulation (LSMS 2017), and on Intelligent Computing for Sustainable Energy and Environment (ICSEE'17), September, Nanjing, 2017, China. Title: 'Control technologies in decarbonizing the whole energy system from top to tail'. The purpose is to promote the importance of new control technologies in decarbonizing the whole energy chain to professional practitioners and industrial partners, as well as postgraduate students. Over 200 people from all around the world attended the keynote speech.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Keynote speech at 2017 UK-China Symposium on Future Energy, 19th August 2017, Jurys Inn, Park Place, Cardiff, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote speech titled "Control technologies in decarbonizing the whole energy chain from top to tail", presented at 2017 UK-China Symposium on Future Energy, 19th August 2017, Jurys Inn, Park Place, Cardiff, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation of Point Energy Technologies in Regional Competitions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Point Energy Technology, developed through a couple EPSRC funded project, has been presented in INVENT 2016 in Northern Ireland and Sustainable Energy Award Competition in Ireland. The presentations in these competition have been widely reported in the public, and generated wide awareness of the technologies developed through the EPSRC funded projects. Several companies approached the team for deployment of the new energy saving technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.pointenergy.org/