Commercial laundries: Can Oxford’s new eco-laundry become a blueprint for the industry?

Karen David | Energy | Sustainability | Nov 8th 2019

Ben Towler, commercial manager of OXWASH, talks TechTribe Oxford through the Osney Mead laundry and how the firm is competing in a £1bn commercial laundry industry that is price-sensitive and dominated by major players. The renewably-powered facility is the UK’s first washing platform to use machines that recycle, filter and reuse water within the wash cycle. They also do away with harmful detergents, filter out microfibres and wash at the same temperature as a cold tap. Subsequent savings in costs, energy and improvements in fabric care make the economics of the facility appealing.

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Cool technology developed in Oxfordshire could be part of global solution to air conditioning challenge

Gill Oliver | Energy | Sustainability | Work spaces | Manufacturing | Nov 6th 2019

Air con is one of the 'blind spots in the energy debate', says the International Energy Authority. Is an Abingdon firm's tech part of the solution?

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Oxford company’s smart hot water tank will help prevent blackouts

Gill Oliver | Energy | Infrastructure | Ecology | Oct 2nd 2019

Oxford University spin-out Mixergy is at the centre of a plan by energy and services company Centrica to create a ‘virtual power plant’ that helps balance the National Grid and prevent outages.

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Spending Review includes £30m to tackle ‘crisis in air quality’

Gill Oliver | Energy | Comms | Ecology | Sep 4th 2019

Decarbonisation, air quality and biodiversity are to receive a multi-million funding boost, it was announced today in the Chancellor’s Spending Review.

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Oxfordshire pioneers push on with battery technology breakthroughs despite policy hurdles

Antony David | Energy | Aug 28th 2019

It is crystal clear that demand for batteries and improvements in power, weight and cost is ramping up dramatically. Yet energy consultancy Wood MacKenzie, which predicts demand for home batteries to increase by 500 per cent in the next five years, warns the UK might lag behind on account of an unfavourable policy environment.

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Euratom withdrawal: What next for fusion energy funding?

Antony David | Energy | Aug 23rd 2019

On June 24, 2016, the day after the EU referendum, Professor Ian Chapman was getting ready for his interview for the top job at the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Surprised by the result, he discarded his carefully prepared notes and set his mind to considering the consequences for its chief executive in what was certain to become a politically charged environment.

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Harwell’s Astroscale aims to solve space debris cleanup

Antony David | Aerospace | Aug 23rd 2019

If in the future your satnav stops working, you lose your internet connection or your mobile phone goes on the blink, you might look heavenward in despair. And you might be looking in the right direction as a collision in space might be the cause. Astroscale, which is based at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell is working on solutions.

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Matthew Hare and Zzoomm: Big plans to bring fast fibre connectivity to small towns

Antony David | Profile | Aug 23rd 2019

If anyone fits the description of serial entrepreneur, it’s Matthew Hare, chief executive of start-up Zzoomm, his seventh company. His previous venture Gigaclear, was acquired last year by the M&G Investment Management Fund for £270m.

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What is the Euratom Treaty and why does it matter?

Antony David | Energy | Aug 23rd 2019

The Euratom Treaty was established in 1957, 16 years before the UK joined the EU in 1973. Its original purpose was to create a framework for the distribution of nuclear power, but over the years its scope has been considerably increased to cover a large variety of areas associated with nuclear power and ionising radiation as diverse as safeguarding of nuclear materials, radiation protection and fusion reactor research and development.

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BOOK REVIEW: Factfulness by Hans Rosling

Antony David | Book review | Aug 23rd 2019

If you have never seen Hans Rosling’s famous TED talk on the presentation of statistics, follow the link and enjoy his superb 20-minute romp. Rosling died in February 2017 and much of his legacy is encapsulated in Factfulness, the book he wrote before his death with the help of his son Ola Rosling and daughter-in-law Anna Rosling Ronnlund.

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BOOK REVIEW Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine by Hannah Fry

Antony David | Book review | IT | AI | Aug 23rd 2019

Hannah Fry's work includes studying patterns of human behaviour, such as relationships and dating and how mathematics can apply to them. The focus of her book is the application of algorithms to an ever-expanding range of decision-making that affects our lives.

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12 Nov 2019

Fireside chat on Unconventional Ways of Working at The Wood Centre for Innovation. Panel includes Mike Jennings of Jennings in Garsington, Helen Wright, founder and director of 923 Jobs and Aaron Hirtenstein, member at Agile Collective First. This is the first of a series of fireside chats featuring experts from science and tech. Runs from 1730 to 1930 at The Wood Centre for Innovation, Stansfeld Park, Quarry Road, Headington, OX3 8SB. Details

12 Nov 2019

Cherwell; a thriving economy, a thriving place Cherwell District Council has ambitious plans to create a 10-year strategy to deliver a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable economy for everyone. This workshop is an opportunity to be part of shaping that strategy to create a bright future for the residents, businesses and communities of Cherwell. 5.45 to 9.45pm, RAF Upper Heyford Heritage Centre, Camp Road, Upper Heyford OX25 5HD. Details

13 Nov 2019

Distinguished Speaker Series: Answering the call – Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and now Chair of the Saïd Business School Board, is committed to exploring how business education can address the most significant global challenges. Paul was appointed to the U.N. Secretary General’s High-level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and has since played a leading role in highlighting the business case for the 2030 development agenda. Paul is Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE, a benefit corporation and foundation accelerating business leadership to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and was CEO of Unilever for 10 years, where he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with good financial performance. During his tenure, Unilever was one of the best-performing companies in its sector, delivering ten years of consistent top and bottom line growth. Pre-talk drinks from 5.30pm, talk 6.45 to 7.45pm. Saïd Business School, Oxford OX1 1HP.  Details

 

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