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Interrelated topics of research under this theme include smart infrastructures, cyber security, technology and sustainability, smart mobilities and project management.
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Dr Ahad Ramezanpour and Prof Hassan Shirvani from our Department of Engineering and the Built Environment initiated and secured €1.2 million funding from the SME Instrument, under Horizon 2020 with Propelair Ltd, for full sewage test and value engineering of their innovative low water, high-performance lavatory flushing innovation. This will considerably pave the way for commercialisation of the product.
Propelair’s low flush toilet works by cleaning the pan using only half a litre of water. It then discharges the waste using an innovative air pump operating for just over a second, then fills the pan with one litre of clean water, using a total of 1.5-litres per flush.
The product saves over 80% water and energy per use by executing a high-performance flush, avoiding double flushing that may be required in conventional low flush toilets.
Cranfield University is also a partner in this project making it unusual in obtaining EU funding, as all partners are located in the UK. As part of the research, Propelair toilets will be installed in a sewage zone at Cranfield University and the sewage performance and user experience will be monitored locally.
Our University is a subcontractor in the project with a budget of approximately €200K and contributing to the value engineering of the product and possible redesign of the air pump to reduce the current manufacturing cost and make the product more accessible in the market.
This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of 'First', our Faculty Research Newsletter.
Dr Lakshmi Priya Rajendran has recently published an article on The Conversation entitled 'Smart cities aim to make urban life more efficient – but for citizens’ sake they need to slow down'.
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