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Smart Water Workshop

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📥  GW4, Water Security Alliance

You are invited to join the GW4 Water Security Alliance for a half-day community-building workshop exploring smart water technology and how related engineering solutions can help make our water systems and cities smarter, for improved quality of life.

Confirmed speakers include: Dr Michele Romano (United Utilities), Dr Ivan Stoianov (Imperial College London) and Prof. Zoran Kapelan (Head of Water and Environment Group, University of Exeter).

The event is free and travel expenses for staff across GW4 will be reimbursed.

When: Tuesday 24th October 2017 between 10am and 3pm

Where: The Upper Lounge, Reed Hall, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter (Building No. 14 on the Campus Map)

Contact: To register please contact Debbie Ford


WISE CDT overview in Water Active

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📥  Water Active, WISE CDT

Dr Tom Arnot, a Co-Director, provides an overview of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE) in the latest issue of Water Active. The Centre is a newly funded and innovative research venture between the GW4 alliance universities: University of Bath, University of Bristol, Cardiff University and the University of Exeter. It has been created to meet the growing need for engineers and scientists capable of working at the interface of traditionally separate informatics, science and engineering disciplines, in order to manage the water cycle effectively and sustainably.

Water Active is the UK's leading water industry monthly magazine and has the highest number of readers in the water industry. This article continues the monthly series of features by researchers in the Water Innovation and Research Centre at the University of Bath (WIRC @ Bath).

Read the full article written by Dr Tom Arnot on page 14 in the June issue.


Researchers to use algae to clean up mine water

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📥  Waste water collection and treatment

We can announce today that our researchers are part of a ground breaking GW4 research project that aims to clean up water from a Cornish tin mine, using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals and produce biofuel at the same time.

mine-waterGW4 is the South West Research Alliance that brings together the South West and Wales’ four leading, research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

Researchers from all four universities, in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) are now working with the Coal Authority and Veolia to take untreated mine water samples from Wheal Jane tin mine in Cornwall into the laboratory and grow algae in them. The research will explore whether algae is effective in removing materials such as arsenic and cadmium from the mine water.

Researchers will then look to convert the algae into a solid from which it’s expected that precious heavy metals can be extracted and recycled for use in the electronics industry. The remaining solid waste will then be used to make biofuels.

You can read more about this project here: http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/news/2014/12/05/mine-water-clean-up/