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have saved more than 20,000 tonnes of plastic and $10M in less than 4
years, using QUB technology to develop their innovative lightweight
This has created both economic and environmental impact through the savings
in material, transport and energy costs and a reduction in CO2
usage. For example the [text removed for publication] showed
savings per year of €3M and 1800 tonnes of plastic and a reduction of CO2
of 800 tonnes/year.
A spin-out company, built on this technology, was created in 2012
and is actively selling process instrumentation (THERMOscan)
to both USA and EU customers enabling them to make further reductions in
material and energy usage. The product won a clean energy
award in 2011.
Loughborough University's (LU) research in the application of artificial
intelligence techniques to
enhance process safety since 1993 has resulted in novel computer tools
that generated the
following economic impacts through the creation of a University spinout
Technologies Ltd, in 2002:
1) Raised over £1.3m shares capital from investors.
2) Developed research prototypes into state-of-the-art commercial tools
for improving process
3) Signed a global sales agreement with Intergraph Corporation in 2005.
4) Established a portfolio of major companies around the world as
5) Employs two executive directors, three software developers and three
Loughborough University's (LU) interdisciplinary model based systems
engineering (MBSE) research (2001-2010) has directly enabled life-saving
operations by i) Developing synthetic vision systems to improve the safety
of emergency services helicopter operations involving low level flight
during day, night, all weather and conditions of zero visibility, and ii)
Saving lives through a reduction in morbidity and mortality of babies born
with congenital heart defects.
The impact translates directly into significant cost savings and safety
risk reductions in expensive flight trials costing millions of pounds by
BAE Systems [5.1], and in supporting clinical practice/surgical
interventions by University Hospital of Rennes [5.2] with a
reduction in the morbidity and mortality of babies born with congenital
heart defects in Brittany, France.
Research by Loughborough University academics has influenced the
development of elite footballs
used in numerous global tournaments including FIFA World Cups, UEFA
Championships and Olympic Games. Research findings have led to increased
that have allowed adidas to produce balls with improved commercial appeal
resulting in a tenfold
increase in sales whilst maintaining product performance in line with the
highest certifiable level of
Since 2003 Loughborough University has worked with industry to create
future manufacturing systems to enable large scale production of human
stem cells. The research, development and demonstration of consistent,
optimised, automated expansion in culture of human stem cells at
Loughborough has led to the commercial sale by July 2013 of 47 systems
worth £20.1M to companies developing stem cell-based and other therapies.
Their use is contributing to the health and quality of life of patients,
whilst creating a new industry sector with significant economic and
employment benefits. Loughborough leads internationally and nationally in
this emerging field with research at significant scale contributing new
manufacturing and regulatory science and standards.
Research into new process modelling tools and numerical simulation and
optimisation algorithms at Imperial's Centre for Process Systems
Engineering (CPSE) has resulted in a powerful new modelling technology. In
1997, a team from (CPSE) established a spin-out company, Process Systems
Enterprise Ltd (PSE, www.psenterprise.com), to commercialise this process
and energy systems modelling platform — gPROMSTM and to provide
associated leading-edge model based services such as the design of new
processes and the optimisation of existing processes.
Based on turnover (£400k at launch to £10m today), PSE is now recognised
as a leading provider of process modelling technology and modelling
platforms, with over 100 employees in high-end jobs. Its customers include
most of the world's leading chemical, energy and automotive companies
(e.g. Dow Chemical, BASF, BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Toyota, Honda, Ford,
Mitsubishi Chemicals) and it has a strong international presence with
offices in the UK, US, Germany, Japan and Korea and agencies in China,
India, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. The overall benefit to industry over the
REF period is estimated to be £400m. The software allows customers to
model, understand and optimise their processes in an unprecedented manner,
leading to improved designs and more efficient operations. The gPROMSTM
software is used in over 200 universities for both teaching and research
(primarily the latter), where it enables research into new chemical and
energy processes to take place.
The research has enabled industrial simulation users to investigate and
develop larger scale systems faster and cheaper and thus
to explore a wider variety of cost-saving options with more precision,
and industrial simulation providers to offer new high-performance
simulation (HPS) products and services. As a direct result of this work:
Ford has made £150,000 cost savings in consultancy and significant process
improvements to engine manufacture globally; Saker Solutions (UK SME) has
created the first ever HPS system for production and logistics; Sellafield
PLC has used this system to make significant process improvements and
savings in the management of nuclear waste reprocessing of around £200,000
per year; and Whole Systems Partnership (a UK SME) used a spin-off from
this research to generate a £200,000 per year revenue stream from
interoperable healthcare decision support systems. Globally, several other
companies are adopting the standardisation efforts and other outcomes of
the research as the foundation for future innovation.
A reduction in planning uncertainties and financial risks of
photovoltaics has been achieved by developing internationally accepted
standards. Non-standardised characterisation and unreliable energy
prediction caused a performance gap between expectations and realistic
yields. Loughborough University (Prof. Gottschalg, Dr. Betts) conducted a
series of research projects since 1999 which reduced this performance gap.
The team consciously transferred developed methods to international
standards for energy prediction and device characterisation.
Standardisation has, with significant contributions from this team,
resulted in the reporting period in a reduction of at least 2% calibration
uncertainty, which has a value at today's prices of $1.500,000,000 per
year (J. Wohlgemuth [5.1]).
BRITEST is a global leader in the development of innovative process
solutions for the chemical
processing sector with > £500m of value being realized since 2008.
Research in Manchester
(1997-2000) generated a set of novel tools and methodologies which analyse
to identify where and how process improvements could be made. BRITEST was
2001 as a not-for-profit company to manage the technology transfer and
effective deployment of
these tools and methodologies into industry. Manchester holds the IP
arising from the underpinning
research and has granted an exclusive license to BRITEST for use and
exploitation of the toolkit.
The development of unique computer simulation tools has profoundly
influenced the design and manufacture of silicon chips fuelling the $300
billion per year semiconductor industry. A pioneer of statistical
variability research, Professor Asen Asenov developed understanding and
awareness of statistical variability in the nanoscale transistors which
make up all silicon chips. Gold Standard Simulations (GSS) was created in
2010 and by 2012-13 had grown revenue from services and licensing to
$1million. GSS tools are currently used in foundries providing 75% of all
semiconductor production for fabless design companies globally. For
example, working with GSS and their simulation tools has reduced the
development time for IBM's next generation of CMOS technology by 1 year,
representing significant savings in the 3-5 year technology development