The Ship

1-3 Martins Lane, EX1 1EY, United Kingdom

Monday 18 May 2015

Doors open 7PM, Event 7.30PM-10PM

Come and hear about some advances in sustainable technology, from new applications for plant fibres and state of the art solar energy. Also the art of knitting and chemistry.

Cellulose – A Basis for Sustainable Nanomaterials

Professor Stephen Eichhorn

Cellulose is the most utilised material on the planet, it is central to all plant systems and provides the building block for all plant material. Find out how economic power in the UK was once focused on cellulose and how in the future this material may once again provide new advances in the applications of materials, food and fuel.
Learn about emergent areas of research, such as the use of nanocellulose fibres to develop products that can change lives.

From Sun to micro-technologies: micro-fins for Concentrating Photovoltaics

Leonardo Micheli

This talk will explore the potential of state of the art of solar energy. Leonardo will talk about his research investigating the applicability of micro-fins for the cooling of Concentrating Photovoltaics (CPV). CPV is a solution that aims to reduce the cost and the land use of common PV panels by replacing part of the PV cells with mirrors or lenses. Any PV cells are negatively affected by the raise of temperature and, so, a cooling system is generally required.

Particulart: the art of knitting, chemistry, and gentle protest

Clare Bryden

Particulart is about knitting, the environment, health, visual impact, and chemistry. It started as a partnership between Clare Bryden and Diana Moore, aimed at encouraging Devon County Council to ensure that the Exeter Incinerator is operated properly to minimise harmful emissions, and to develop a coherent and transparent waste strategy. Clare is now tackling further issues and more chemistry, and "Particulart: A Stitch in Time" focuses on the subject of climate change.