ACceleration of Circular Economy for Printable Photovoltaics Through Eco-Design (ACCEPTED)

Lead Research Organisation: Swansea University
Department Name: School of Engineering

Abstract

Humankind is on the brink of significant climate change and material resource shortages. We have reached the limits of our traditional 'take-make-dispose' linear economic models in which materials are extracted from the earth to create products which are discarded at the end of their useful lives. To achieve sustainability with our planet we must rethink the way we consume and use resources and seek to decouple economic growth from primary resource consumption and the associated environmental emissions. Circular economy and the widespread deployment of green energy technologies are essential to achieve this.

Even renewable energy technologies have an environmental impact associated with production and disposal at end-of-life, and we must seek to minimise these impacts and maximise product take back for reuse, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling once these technologies have ceased to be of use. To achieve this requires lifecycle optimisation, which takes account of product design and development of end-of-life processes. Printable photovoltaics (PPV) are a promising green energy technology in their infancy, which makes this the perfect time to carry out this research. Now is the time to develop processes and product designs which enable effective end-of-life treatment for efficient recovery of materials and components with which to manufacture new products, to drive down cost and environmental impacts of these emerging technologies, increasing the productivity of finite resources available to us. This project develops the eco-design of PPV informed by advanced characterisation and engagement with industrial partners and stakeholders at all stages of PV product lifecycles. This combined novel multidisciplinary approach to technical development of emerging technologies, which engages key industry partners and stakeholders in the value chain; and the development of methods, tools and knowledge required for lifecycle optimisation, can hasten commercialisation of PPV technology and accelerate transition towards circular economy for the greater benefit of the economy, environment and society.

Planned Impact

The primary purpose of the proposed research impact the commercialisation of emerging PPV technologies. The strategy to manufacture prototype modules at pilot scale for further study will also help accelerate sustainable PPV products through TRLs towards commercialisation.

This project is expected to generate mid- to long term industrial and economic impact for the R+D and energy sectors in the UK. The project will contribute to the understanding and scaling of PPV which will potentially contribute to the future UK energy supply mix. Stable, low cost, high efficiency solar cells could potentially transform the UK economy, accelerating the current uptake of photovoltaics for both domestic and industrial use in building integrated applications.

Positive environmental impact associated with the increased use of photovoltaics in the UK will have significant environmental and societal advantages. It will significantly contribute to a reduction in CO2 emissions, helping to circumvent the impending complication of global warming and climate change. Environmental benefits will also result from lower emissions associated with production of PPV through re-manufacturing or with recovered or secondary raw materials in contrast to manufacturing from primary raw materials. In addition, economic and societal benefits will result from the initiation of circular industry. In Wales alone transition to circular economy has been projected to be worth £2bn and result in the creation of 30,000 new jobs.

This project will reinforce collaboration with; academia (SU-UoN, Eco-Design Centre), industry (SU-TATA, AkzoNobel, Edinburgh Instruments, NSG, BIPVco, WRAP) government (SU-Welsh Government) and globally (SU-UKZN). I regularly generate IP and publish well-cited papers in high impact journals. I believe this fellowship will allow me to make significant advances towards the commercialisation of PPV and leverage further funding through Innovate UK and the Industrial Strategy Fund.

Thisproject will aim to:
1) Deliver efficient, low-cost, low embodied energy, PPV technology designed for end-of-life remanufacture and demonstrate this at pilot scale. Products will result in lower levelised costs for energy generation (LCOE).

2) Disseminate results across the scientific and technological communities through:
a) >12 REF 4* papers in high impact international journals, which will be made open access
b) 2-4 patents on innovative eco-designed PPV aspects
c) >6 High profile international and national presentations at international and national conferences on subjects ranging from materials chemistry, solar energy manufacturing and technology
d) informing teaching within the College of Engineering at Swansea University. I lead a module on Circular Economy for Sustainable Development and significant project results will be discussed impacting positively on education and training of the students and increasing the link to, and information on, cutting edge research. Findings will also be disseminated to industry through the SU METAL programmes circular economy module.
e) 3 circular surgery seminar events (1 p.a.) held at Swansea University with invited industrial, academic and NGO guests.
f) Sandpit events at Burlington House, supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry to bring together academia and industry to develop circular economy strategies and highlight best practice and success stories.

I have significant track record on community engagement through both national and international invited public lectures, the running of hands-on and demonstration workshops, and larger scale outreach events globally. The results of this research project will be disseminated via these opportunities as well as through the RSC (elected council member of ESED). Results, images and breakthroughs (after compliance with the proposal IPR strategy) will be showcased through the SPECIFIC-IKC and Swansea University websites and social media platforms.

Publications

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Description We are investigating how to make emerging photovoltaics, mainly perovskite based, sustainable and ready to integrate into a circular economy to help mitigate climate change. We have begun development of a materials priority for substitution matrix to reduce the use of toxic materials and those which are not particular environmentally friendly, and are currently exploring and evaluating methods for the re-manufacture of perovskite devices. We have developed our capabilities in terms of LCA analysis and are using eco-invent data to guide us and have prioritised finding non/less toxic solvents for perovskite deposition.
We have identified a number of green solvent alternatives and solvent blends for use in perovskite deposition and are currently engaging with the scale up team at SPECIFIC/Swansea University on developing printing formulations based on these solvents. This work has been promising to date and we are hoping to publish numerous publications over the coming year in this area.
Exploitation Route We hope to lessen some of the environmental cost of the manufacture of perovskite devices through our development, we hope to publish some of these developments soon which we hope will provide a structure and method for the field to use in developing more sustainable perovskite devices.
Our wider work on this has helped guide policy for the Royal Society of Chemistry and we have now ran a number of events with the co-badged on these topics with the RSC. We have fed into Government policy by presenting at the Chemicals Stakeholder Forum and engaging with both DEFRA and the RSC on the emerging chemicals strategy.
Sectors Creative Economy,Energy,Environment

 
Description This award is at an early stage but has helped develop the reputation of the group carrying out leading research in the field. As a result of the work of Dr Davies and Charles on the Royal Society of Chemistry ESED Council the RSC are pushing "waste" as a key theme for 2019. In September 2018, through an RSC event, we brought together academia, industry and policy makers to discuss issues around the mitigation of waste from emerging technology. As a result of this event this award was recognised nationally and both Dr Davies and Charles have been invited to consortia and working groups to continue to address these issues. The RSC allows us a voice to influence government and policy in this area as demonstrated by Dr Davies recently (Feb 2019) presenting at the Chemical Stakeholder Forum (https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/uk-chemicals-stakeholder-forum). Findings from the project are also being used in taught modules about sustainable engineering and circular economy in SU CoE. We have engaged with a wide range of stakeholders regarding circular economy and critical raw materials issues including policy makers such as Dr Andy Rees (Head of Waste Strategy and circular Economy - Welsh Government), and a number of wider stakeholders such as Tech UK (Susanne Baker), the ESA (Jacob Rindegren - recycling policy advisor) and DEFRA (Callum Harris).
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Chemicals,Creative Economy,Energy,Environment
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Future Wastes
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/environmental-audit...
 
Description Input to the ROyal Society of Chemistry response to the Welsh Government Consultation on Circulat Economy Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Invitation to consultation on RSC position on emerging chemicals strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Invited to consultation with DEFRA on emerging chemicals strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Presentation at the Chemical Stakeholder Forum
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Swansea University / Royal Society of Chemistry Future Wastes Policy Summit at Swansea University
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Working group of the RSC engaging with policy makers and industry on issues of waste from emerging technology
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Funding for a Sub-group of the RSC ESED Council to run a workshop on "Mitigating Issues of Future Wastes: Enhancing Resource Productivity in Emerging Technologies"
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Society of Chemistry 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 12/2018
 
Description Swansea University Capital Equipment for ECRs
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S017925/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 05/2020
 
Title Model to predict future materials demand for PErovskite solar cells 
Description We have developed a model which can predict materials requirements for future deployment of Perovskite technologies based on specified device architectures and production techniques. This is useful for evaluating 'materials criticality' concerns for the field which may present barriers to future commercialisation and growth of a key emerging industry. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Data generated by the tool was presented by Matthew Davies at the Royal Society of Chemistry event 'Next Generation Materials for Solar Photovoltaics 2020'. 
URL https://www.rsc.org/events/detail/41282/next-generation-materials-for-solar-photovoltaics-2020
 
Description CEDaCI - Interreg funded Circular Economy for the Data CEntre Industry poroject. 
Organisation London South Bank University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am on the working group for this project. This involves participation in WG meetings to develop the direction of the project. I have also contributed a significant amount of data from my own research to inform the occurence of CRMs in the data centre so that appropriate recycling strategies can be put in place for data centres. We will co-author publications on the issue.
Collaborator Contribution The project partners perform the day to day tasks in the project work packages.
Impact All can be found here https://www.cedaci.org/publications More outputs to follow including decision making tools for industry, peer-reviewed journal articles, etc.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CEDaCI - Interreg funded Circular Economy for the Data CEntre Industry poroject. 
Organisation Operational Intelligence Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I am on the working group for this project. This involves participation in WG meetings to develop the direction of the project. I have also contributed a significant amount of data from my own research to inform the occurence of CRMs in the data centre so that appropriate recycling strategies can be put in place for data centres. We will co-author publications on the issue.
Collaborator Contribution The project partners perform the day to day tasks in the project work packages.
Impact All can be found here https://www.cedaci.org/publications More outputs to follow including decision making tools for industry, peer-reviewed journal articles, etc.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Mekatek Ltd 
Organisation Mekatek
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I wrote the research proposal for an MSc funded by Mekatek in the Swansea University Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) DTC. I now supervise this project which has developed through reputation and contacts developed from my own EngD.
Collaborator Contribution Industrial supervision and steer is provided to the project by Gareth Liversage and David Bates-Moss of Mekatek. A financial contribution to the cost of the MSc of approximately £4100 has also been made by Mekatek. Mekatek are also industrial partners on the ACCEPTED fellowship awarded to Matthew Davies on which I am now employed. Mekatek have agreed to provide steer to the project in terms of industrial insight into EoL developments made under ACCEPTED.
Impact From this collaboration, Mekatek support of my ongoing work with Topolytics has been secured in the form of access to company data and staff time. From the MSc itself, an Oral presentation at HERAKLION 2019 7th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management, 26-29 June 2019, Crete Island, Greece, www.heraklion2019.uest.gr was given with and a short conference paper produced. Looking now to publish work form the completed MSc thesis.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Technology Roadmap and Taxonomy of Critical Raw Material (CRM) Recovery Technologies for WEEE. 
Organisation Brunel University London
Department School of Engineering and Design
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is a project funded via the Joint Trade Associations WEEE fund. Funding awarded to create a technology roadmap and taxonomy of critical raw materials (CRMs) Recovery technologies for WEEE, particularly printed circuit boards. I have contributed to writing the successful funding application, beformed a great deal of desk based research to inform the project output report, contributed data and other materials generated through my personal research, provided steer to the project direction. I will co-author the final report, and the review paper which is published off the back of this.
Collaborator Contribution Giraffe/Brunel have succesfully secured the funding for this project, and are engaged in the ongoing research and production of output reports. They will also be co0-authors on the review article published from the research conducted.
Impact None to date, project is underway
Start Year 2019
 
Description Technology Roadmap and Taxonomy of Critical Raw Material (CRM) Recovery Technologies for WEEE. 
Organisation Giraffe Innovations Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This is a project funded via the Joint Trade Associations WEEE fund. Funding awarded to create a technology roadmap and taxonomy of critical raw materials (CRMs) Recovery technologies for WEEE, particularly printed circuit boards. I have contributed to writing the successful funding application, beformed a great deal of desk based research to inform the project output report, contributed data and other materials generated through my personal research, provided steer to the project direction. I will co-author the final report, and the review paper which is published off the back of this.
Collaborator Contribution Giraffe/Brunel have succesfully secured the funding for this project, and are engaged in the ongoing research and production of output reports. They will also be co0-authors on the review article published from the research conducted.
Impact None to date, project is underway
Start Year 2019
 
Description Topolytics 
Organisation Topolytics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Topolytics have been awarded funding under the SBRI GovTech call: 'smart waste tracking data collection, storage and reporting services' on which I (on behalf of Swansea University) was a named collaborator on the funding application. The project aims to develo pa system for monitoring and tracking of wastes in the UK from point of generation to final disposal. In order to do this Topolytics will create 3 pilot 'meta-maps' of waste flows using their online platform. One of these will be for Wales, and my role has been to liaise with all stakeholders in Wales including Welsh Gov, NRW, Industrial partners such as Tata Steel, Celsa Steel, Mekatek Ltd., and various local authorities to access their historical waste data from which to build the map, and to investigate challenges with current reporting from the point of view of stakeholders in different sectors, and how the platform may address these through its analytical tools and user interface. My role has also been to provide steer to the project overall, and advise on how the system in development may meet the ambitions of the UK Waste & Resources Strategy. Phase 1 of the SMART Waste Tracking Trial has now come to an end. Topolytics have been succesfully awarded funding for Phase 2 of the trials i.e. to develo pa beta version of the national waste tracking system and engage potential users for testing and feedback. Once again I am supporting this project.
Collaborator Contribution Contributions of other partners to the project, and Topolytics approach to the challenge are commercially sensitive at this time. Funding awarded to Topolytics included £2k for my time and expenses paid to Swansea University through Swansea Innovations (SU's consulting branch). Once again, commercial sensitivities prevent discolsure of detail for the Phase 2 trials, but once again Runding has been awarded to Topolytics including £5k for my time and contributions to be paid to Swansea University Through Swansea Innovations.
Impact We have developed new working relationships with Local Authorities (Swansea and Newport Councils) and Natural Resources Wales, as well as strengthened existing collaborations with Mekatek Ltd., Celsa Steel, Tata Steel and Welsh Government. More recently we have developed new links with project partners including NRW and MyWasteApp. These partners have agreed to engage and collaborte with other projects with which I am involved aside from this one also.
Start Year 2018
 
Description CERIG 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact CERIG is the Circular Economy Research and Innovation Group for Wales - a group comissioned by Welsh Government which comprises of members from across Wales HEIs working on different aspect of circular economy. The purpose of the group is to help facilitate transfer of circular economy expertise into indsutry to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.iwa.wales/click/2018/07/arloesedd-economi-gylchol-yng-nghymru-circular-economy-innovation...
 
Description CRM Recovery final conference panel debate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Rhys Charles participated on an expert panel for a debate and Q&A session at 'A second LIFE for Critical Raw Materials - Final Conference for the Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery Project - Royal Society, London, 20th Feb 2019. Questions about numerous aspects of the critical raw material issue and sustainability in electronics through circular economy from the audience. Discussions initally focused on the role that consumers. producers, recyclers, trade bodies, government can play to enable improvements in WEEE collection and CRM recovery and how all these parties can work together for best outcomes. Also on the Panel were: Pascal Leroy - Secretary General of the WEEE forum; Susanne Baker - Tech UK; Karen O'Donoghue - British Heart Foundation. Following the debate RC successfully engaged with numerous interested audience member about tackling further relevent issues through collaborative R&I including the director of R&D for Huawei, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.criticalrawmaterialrecovery.eu/news-events/a-second-life-for-critical-raw-materials-20th-...
 
Description Circular Economy Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Swansea University podcast series 'Exploring Global Problems' where our academics talk about how their ground-breaking research helps to tackle a variety of global challenges. Available on youtube, spotify, apple podcasts, google podcasts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.swansea.ac.uk/research/podcasts/circular-economy/
 
Description CrEAM Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CrEAM Network Launch event, Birmingham University, 13th Nov 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/metallurgy-materials/news/2018/Critical-Elements-and-Materials-...
 
Description DEFRA Focus Group to Develo pthe UK Chemicals Strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a special invitation to participate in a DEFRA focus group to help develop the upcoming UK Chemicals Strategy.

Discussions inform an upcoming call for evidence. Since invited to peer-review work commisioned by DEFRA to inform development of the Chemical Strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EPSRC sustainable Materials for Energy Applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was a workshop designed to foster collaborations for upcoming funding calls to create materials for renewable energy technologies hwich are compatible with circular economy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Future Wastes 
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 Conference organised on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry by Rhys Charles and Matthew Davies. 'Mitigating issues of future wastes: enhancing resource productivity in emerging technologies' - 5 Sep 2018, Burlington House, London. Purpose of the event
Progress in resource efficiency in throughout emerging technologies lifecycles will require multi-disciplinary collaborative R&I between academia and industries involved in all stages of product lifecycles; and support from additional key stakeholders including government, professional bodies, NGOs and consultancies. 'Mitigating issues of future wastes: enhancing resource productivity in emerging technologies' will bring together these partners to explore challenges in lifecycle optimisation of emerging products which generate, store and use electricity. The event will provide an opportunity for industry and other crucial stakeholders to engage with the world class UK research base in order to:

Identify opportunities to 'reduce raw material demand and waste in our energy systems and lifecycles of emerging technologies, and create well-functioning markets for secondary materials'.
Identify current or best practice in lifecycles of products.
Examine key challenges for lifecycle optimisation of emerging energy generating, storage and using products which chemistry can help to address.
Establish new links between academia & industry which enable collaborative demand driven R&I to tackle these lifecycle challenges.
Provide an overview of funding and other support mechanisms for collaborative R&I in these areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/34083/mitigating-issues-of-future-wastes-enhancing-resource-product...
 
Description Invited lecture at the South Wales MAterials Association Annual Dinner 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gave an invited lecture a the to the South Wales Materials Association (local branch of IOM3) Annual Dinner on Circular Economy.

Sparked much debate amongst industry practitioners in the audience. I was asked then to run a workshop on circular economy at the Launch of the SUSTAIN Network in London, and delivered a mor directed version of the presentation on site to Tata Steel Employees at the Port Talbot works. I have now been asked to do another talk for SWMA at the end of the month which will be co-badged by the RSC and CIWM also.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation and Panel Debate at Science and the Parliament event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I was invited to present o nissues related to critical materials recovery from WEEE and policy recommendation work conducted on behalf of the RSC, and to participate on a panel debate at the 'Science and the Parliament' event, help in Edinburgh on 20th Nov 2019.

Much interest from various NGOs and politicians with regard to our policy work, and also with regard to technology solutions to help address ongoing issues of secondary CRM supply from WEEE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.rsc.org/events/detail/39871/science-and-the-parliament-2019
 
Description Presentation at Tata Steel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Delivered a presentation on the importance of circular economy and major challenges for industry at Tata Steel to technical managers.

Much discussion about the role each department has to play in achieveing sustainability for the steel industry and how to integrate with the wider circular economy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation/demo stand at the Sofia Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Demo stand at the |Sofia Science festival - engaged with >200 people over 2 days (as a team) on topics of solar energy and science. Also engaged with local academics and policy makers and make excellent links.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.britishcouncil.bg/en/sofia-science-festival/programme/events/table
 
Description RSC Chemicals Strategy Roundtable 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a Roundtable Organised by the RSC to develop their position for policy guidance submitted to DEFRA to support development of the UK Chemical Strategy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description RSC Waste & Resources Focus Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact First meeting of the RSC Waste & Resource focus group - Rhys Charles and Matthew Davies of RSC ESED Council, and Swansea University participated in meeting of this working group which includes RSC staff and representatives of Tech UK, the ESA and Non-Ferrous Alliance to discuss policy recommendations which will enhace resource efficiency particularly for critical raw materials used in emerging and green technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SUSTAIN Future Steel Manufacturing Research Hub event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I was invited to run a workshop at the SUSTAIN network launch event aimed at facilitating discussion and idea generation for projects which address the major barriers to adoption of circular economy practices by the UK steel industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustain-engagement-event-the-royal-society-london-tickets-72226097201...
 
Description Sustainable futures for off-grid solar and batteries 
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 Sustainable futures for off-grid solar and batteries
Whole systems approaches to recycling and waste
Workshop at Durham University, Collier Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham DH1 1SZ

Monday 28th January 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/dei/projects/sustainablefutures/
 
Description Tata Steel training academy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended Tata Steel Training Academy to discuss the ongoing work with SPECIFC, the importance of this work and the role of TATA in it to members of the training academy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Waste Policy Roundtable 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a policy Roundtable organised on behalf of the RSC to gather evidence of leading experts on issues related to future waste arising to inform the RSC evidennce base for policy guidance. Participants from Government, NGOs, Industry and Academia as well as other professional bodies. Summit was organised in partnership with the IChemE

Outputs have resulted in a policy guidance pack which has been widely circulated and upon which a submission to the parliamentary call for evidence on sustianable WEEE management. Was also invited to present at Science and the Parliament in Scotland as a result of this and have initiated many new contacts and ongoing professional relationships. This was all conducted under the umbrella of the 'Future Wastes' initiative which I was co-opted to the RSC Environment, sustainability and Energy Division Council to co-ordinate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.thechemicalengineer.com/features/what-to-do-about-waste/