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UCL achieves Ska Gold rating for Whittington Hospital refurbishment

UCL has successfully achieved its first Ska Gold certificate for its refurbishment project in the Whittington Hospital. This rating represents environmental best practice in terms of reducing waste, using more sustainable materials, installing highly efficient lighting, and water saving toilets.   More...

Published: Mar 27, 2014 12:31:00 PM

WARPit Competition Now On

Between Tuesday 18th, until Friday 28th February, the member of staff that lists the most items* on UCL's WARPit site will win some brilliant Fairtrade prizes (as well as the knowledge that you’re making a real reduction to our environmental impact!) More...

Published: Feb 18, 2014 10:38:00 AM

Green Volunteering Fair - Wednesday 12th February

Come along to UCLU and Green UCL’s Green Volunteering Fair, 6-8pm on Wednesday 12th February 2014 to find out about a huge variety of ways to make a positive environmental impact.  More...

Published: Feb 7, 2014 10:46:00 AM

Green Impact February League Table

The latest results of the Green Impact are in! As always, big congratulations to all teams involved - we have a record number of teams taking part and nearly 600 actions taken as a result of the programme so far. More...

Published: Feb 6, 2014 11:35:00 AM

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.