Industry News

WAG: The Welsh Government has issued a competitive call for high quality, collaborative industrial research projects. Collaborative industrial research projects are designed to encourage companies & institutions to work together, boost the level of business investment in R&D and bring new or improved products, processes and services to the market.

To date the A4B (Academic Expertise of Business) programme has allocated £7.4m in support of 35 collaborative industrial research projects. The funding has enabled higher and further education institutions in Wales to increase the size and scale of collaborative projects by drawing in large companies and supply chains from Wales and further afield.
 
This latest bidding round is specifically focussed on academic institutions in convergence areas and all projects have to involve at least 2 industrial partners and clearly illustrate the potential benefits for business.  The deadline for electronic applications for funding is 7 October & 21 October for hard copy.
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TfLTransport for London (TfL) is pleased to announce that Eminox and HJS have been awarded a contract to install specialist pollution reducing equipment on some London buses. The innovative TfL pilot will be carried out on 18 buses that will have NOx abatement systems called Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) fitted, which reduces oxides of nitrogen (NOx) to harmless nitrogen & water.
 
The process involves the injection of urea into the exhaust pipe prior to a catalyst.  The urea decomposes and hydrolyses to ammonia (NH3) which reacts with NOx and reduces it to nitrogen and water.  The pilot will be carried out over a year on three different marques of buses and the systems tested for their emissions performance & reliability. 
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WAG: Welsh scientists intend to use the latest printing technologies to develop a low cost biosensor capable of diagnosing a range of health conditions. The project is supported by the Welsh Government’s Academic Expertise for Business (A4B), an EU funded initiative to stimulate and encourage collaboration between educational institutions and industry.
 
The aim is to place living antibodies into a suitable ink which would then be printed onto a compatible substrate or material to form a disposable sensor, capable of being mass produced at low cost. Antibody based assays are routinely used to detect specific medical conditions but use of these tests is limited because they need to be carried out in laboratories by highly skilled technicians which is costly & time consuming.

By contrast a printed array of antibodies speeds up the testing process while reducing the expertise & complexity of equipment needed – introducing the possibility of hand held electronic scanners and far quicker diagnosis. It could also prove invaluable for use in emergency humanitarian situations and in remote areas.
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