Future technology for producing electricity from waste is one of the developing areas of engineering being discussed at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s annual Research Forum on 18 September which will also highlight the latest developments in areas such as machine learning, aircraft design and prosthetic limbs.

The event will see experts from different engineering disciplines showcasing their latest work and discussing the impact of Academy-funded world-leading research and innovation.

Professor Paola Lettieri will reveal some of her Academy-funded research on the life cycle assessment of energy systems, examining how producing both electricity and natural gas from waste can act as a substitute for fossil fuel resources. She will also explain the process of advanced plasma power – a new alternative to producing a gas from waste. Professor Lettieri is current researching the life cycle of shale gas systems, and will talk about the environmental impact of this technology, along with approaches for the management of nuclear waste.

The event will also look at how world leading research and innovation impacts upon growth and productivity in the UK. The discussion, featuring experts and industry leaders, follows the July publication of the Dowling Review, which highlighted the need for government to simplify the many schemes aiming to help businesses and universities work together.

Academy President Professor Dame Ann Dowling said: “Engineering researchers are developing vital solutions to problems we face every day. It is great to see some of the breakthroughs that will be changing our lives, but it’s important to remember that this research doesn’t happen in isolation. More than ever, we need to ensure the UK provides the best conditions for universities and industry to work together to bring the latest innovation to fruition as workable, available technology. ”

Notes for Editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK's role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK's world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook. We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.

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