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Awarding Innovation

06 May 2009

Innovation Award Winners, Professor Tony Griffiths (left), School of Engineering, and Professor Keith Williams, School of EngineeringInnovation Award Winners, Professor Tony Griffiths (left), School of Engineering, and Professor Keith Williams, School of Engineering

A successful collaboration between the University and LAS Recycling Ltd for the design and commissioning of a new material recovery facility has been recognised at the University’s annual Innovation Awards.

The 2009 Innovation Award recognises the successful collaboration between the University’s School of Engineering and LAS Recycling Ltd which resulted in the production of a new recycling facility in Lampeter.

LAS Recycling Ltd’s new facility allows recyclable materials to be separated out during waste processing. Capable of processing a wide range of materials, it has increased throughput and recovery rate: some 50,000 tonnes per year of municipal waste can now be processed, diverting up to 50% from landfill.

Professor Keith Williams, School of Engineering, said: "This Partnership has been so beneficial to all involved and it is an honour to have this success recognised today.

(L-R) Professor Tony Griffiths, School of Engineering, Dr Claire Harvey, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Office, Cardiff University, Mr David Baynes, Chief Executive Officer, Fusion IP, Dr David Grant, University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Keith Williams, School of Engineering

"Professor Tony Griffiths and I, along with the rest of our team here, have gained a valuable insight into the waste management problems faced by local authorities today. We have also had the opportunity to gather much useful data which can be fed back into our teaching".

Managing Director of LAS Recycling Ltd, Chris Saunders said:"We have enjoyed working with the Cardiff University team over the past 4 or 5 years. We’ve called upon their expertise and knowledge on a number of occasions and they have assisted us in strengthening the relationships we have with some of our key customers."

The collaboration was a successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). A KTP provides opportunities for recent graduates to apply their knowledge, technology and expertise to external organisations. Dr Nia Owen, the graduate placement or "Associate", was able to develop an extensive knowledge of environmental engineering with LAS Recycling Ltd.

Nia was directly involved in all stages of the project. As well as gaining valuable professional experience, she has developed useful contacts and has built-up her management skills.

The Cardiff University Innovation Awards, now in their ninth year, are an opportunity to celebrate the links and successful collaborations forged between the University and industry.

The 2009 awards were sponsored by Geldards LLP, Fusion IP and Finance Wales.

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