Waste Not Want Not

BCU is driving sustainability by converting organic waste into renewable energy.

Researchers at Birmingham City University are exploring ways to transform waste materials into useful products, including renewable energy.

Academics at the University are working on a number of projects focussed on harnessing often discarded materials to help cut carbon and increase sustainability.

In nature, there is no such thing as waste. Led by Professor Lynsey Melville, a biogas research group is exploring ways of harnessing carbon and nutrients found in organic waste streams and turning them into sustainable energy, fertilisers and high value products.

Working with partners in Indonesia, BCU researchers are applying findings into how diverse organisms like algae can soak up nutrients from waste, remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce high value products and energy to be used in homes and industry.

The team of experts from the School of Engineering and the Built Environment are now creating a biogas roadmap which will help to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and the move to a net zero future, as well as potential for humanitarian engineering and energy sources for developing countries.

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