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New bike racks installed around UCL

As part of UCL's ongoing work to improve cycling facilities for staff and students, the UCL Sustainability Team have completed the installation of new parking spaces for 181 bikes around the Bloomsbury campus.  More...

Published: Aug 19, 2014 9:30:00 AM

UCL engineers work with contractors to boost biodiversity

The replacement of air handling equipment on a roof at 1-19 Torrington Place has been used to trial an innovative approach to working with UCL's contractors to boost biodiversity.  More...

Published: Aug 12, 2014 2:02:00 PM

Green UCL Annual Report published 

Green UCL’s Annual Report for 2012-13 is now ready. This report showcases examples of best practice and sets out our progress in creating a more sustainable UCL. More...

Published: Aug 5, 2014 3:54:00 PM

Students: give your feedback and get a £10 Waterstones voucher


In the autumn term, we’ll be running a big project about the future of UCL’s carbon emissions.  More...

Published: Jul 21, 2014 2:46:00 PM

Massimiliano Materazzi (Chemical Engineering Department): Clean energy from waste: fundamental investigations on high temperature bubbling fluid bed gasifiers

Biomass is the third largest primary energy resource in the world, after coal and oil. Wide scale use of biomass could help postpone fossil fuel depletion and reduce global warming. Gasification of biomass is an attractive technology which utilizes municipal solid waste-based fuels to produce syngas (CO2 and H2) suitable for power production using energy gas engines or turbines. Fluidized bed gasification, because of its fuel flexibility, high efficiency and low environmental impact, is one of the most promising means for biomass energy conversion.
This work is centered on gaining a more fundamental understanding of particulate behaviour in the fluid bed and how this may impact operational issues including the fate of the ash forming components (ie agglomeration and defluidization) and the behaviour of the volatile matter. This will provide improvements and enhancements to be made to the design of gasification plants, hence enabling their successful development and take up.