ENTERPRISE EUROPE - WASTE RECYCLING, London, ExCel 2015
WHAT A WASTE - millions of tons of recoverable materials are flushed out to sea everyday. Not only is our throwaway society inefficient, but we're also killing animals by the millions without a care in the world, because systems are not in place to cope with non-degradable plastics. Yet much of the debris in this picture is recyclable. Of course it should not have got this far North in the first place. Our carelessness is turning the magnificent polar bear into a garbage scavenger.
Enterprise Europe South
East UK organised a superb B2B event during Resource, a major exhibition for organisations involved in better resource strategy and environmental solutions.
were present to promote re-use of plastics recovered from the world's
oceans. At the moment this resource is almost completely untapped - all 8
million tons of it and rising according to the latest study from California.
We learned more about the latest in technologies such as Biomass, Anaerobic Digestion & Composting and ways to minimise the environmental impact of these wastes. We also saw the latest methods of
using less energy to provide the same service, but most importantly, we found potential partners for businesses collaboration and spread the word about a concept that holds the potential to reverse ocean pollution. On this front the Enterprise Network provided a seating area and made sure that speed networking bookings were confirmed. Our delegate had two afternoon meetings with a third cancelled.
Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart
One of the forefathers of cradle to cradle and circular economy thinking. A provocative thinker, one of the best respected authorities on eco-effective product design and advisor to countless major companies. The list could go on. Suffice to say, a history of the circular economy could not exclude Michael Braungart.
Michael Braungart appears at Resource on the morning of Tuesday 3rd March – he will discuss whether product standards are productive, and the business case for organisations to invest in progressing towards new models.
Co-Founder & CEO, Bio Bean
Bio Bean recently won half a million Euros in the Post Code Lottery Green Challenge to enable them to take to scale their ingenious process to upcycle coffee beans into biofuel. Waste coffee granules are 20% oil – and in London alone, an incredible 200,000 tonnes are created every year. The output form this single waste stream is potentially massive.
Arthur joins Resource on Wednesday 4th March in a discussion on how we recover energy and value from food waste.
Chief Sharer, Compare and Share
Benita joins Resource on Wednesday 4th March to discuss the role of sharing, how this affects retail strategies, and the wider impact of the next generation’s willingness to share rather than own.
Professor Steve Evans
EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability
Steve joins Resource on Tuesday 3rd March to look at the future of manufacturing and supply chains.
Superuse Studios (Netherlands)
What’s Superuse? Superuse is what Jan and his team name the process of starting to design buildings or infrastructure by looking at the properties of existing used materials available, and reusing these. Superuse refers to a smart recognition of available, existing resources as the start of design. Design therefore becomes part of the cycle – not the beginning of a linear process = the circular economy. Superuse are designers and architects, and have created some brilliant designs that have become blueprints of ingenuity.
You can hear from Jan on Tuesday 3rd March when he will join us to discuss how material flows can be the precursor to building design – achieving a truly sustainable approach to construction.
Head of Sustainability, Energy & Engineering
Paul is the man responsible for reducing the operation and embodied carbon footprint of Sainsbury’s. Food waste is a massive global problem – and a major headache for everyone involved in retail, food manufacturing, waste management and recycling. A circular economy demands that energy is recovered in the biological cycle, and that resources are kept in perpetual loops through recovery. Has Sainsbury’s created the store of the future at Cannock? The premises is powered through its own waste.
Paul joins Resource on Tuesday 3rd March to explain how this blueprint can be extended – and what’s needed for efficient handling and processing of food waste.
Professor Bruce Hood
Professor of Developmental Psychology in Society
What makes us want to own things? And is that changing? What makes us hate the idea of ‘second hand’, or embrace the idea of sharing? These are all fundamental questions for retailers considering the circular economy, and there are many know unknowns in today’s consumer behaviour. So if anyone is likely to be able to tell us, it’s Bruce. Bruce has written three books about the brain – looking at the science behind why we do what we do. Bruce will demystify human attitudes to ownership and by doing so, will shed some light on how consumers will react to new circular economy models and products.
Bruce joins Resource on Thursday 5th March to work out the facts from the fiction on how consumers behave today, and what this means for tomorrow.
Adrian Haworth and Ravish Jain
Sales & Marketing Director and Senior Project Manager
Adrian was with GE for 30 years during which time he ran GE Energy in Russia and GE Energy's strategic marketing department in Europe. As Sales & Marketing Director he provides an invaluable insight into developing potential revenue streams and identifying new uses for recycled plastic oil.
Ravish worked in project management and finance at Reliance where he was responsible for acquiring environmental permits, securing EPC and PPA contracts and raising finance from domestic and foreign lenders. Ravish has an MBA from Warwick Business School and a degree in engineering.
Recycling Technologies came into being to commercialize the development of the plastic recycling technique developed originally by the University of Warwick. Some of the UK’s leading experts on Plastics, Waste Management and Engineering Processes make up this company's business team.
In the first phase of the conversion process, the WarwickFBR™ system shreds and dries the Mixed Plastic Waste [MPW]. It then injects blended product into a fluidized bed where, in an oxygen depleted environment the long hydrocarbon chains in the polymers are broken down by Pyrolysis to form an energy rich gas that is filtered and cooled to provide a type of heavy fuel oil. This fuel - PlaxOil - can be resold into the hydrocarbons market and is particularly suitable for MARPOL compliant bunker fuel.
Each installation is tailored to the material to be processed and the site at which it is installed. If the host facility uses a lot of steam the MPW can be used via this system to produce that steam. Alternatively using an engine, electricity is generated.
Adrian and Ravish were at Resource on Thursday the 5th of March talking about and exhibiting PlaxOil and the raw material that the fuel was recycled from.
B2B matchmaking event on Thursday 5 March at Resource, a major event for the Circular Economy (alongside Ecobuild)
Enterprise Europe South EastUK
Jeff Pedley J.B.Pedley@gre.ac.uk
Andy Hebb A.K.Hebb@gre.ac.uk
Sue Ramsden S.M.Ramsden@gre.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1634 883751/883615/883950
You may have walked on a beach and noticed this kind of waste, and disgusting as it is, not though too much about it. You may also have been reading about a patch of garbage the size of Texas floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for years now, dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and again not given it much more than passing attention. But, basically, any trash that gets dumped in the water rides the currents to this one spot and joins an ever-increasing flotilla of toxins that is killing marine life and poisoning the oceans. For all the breathless accounts of the mess and its impact on the area’s sealife, no one seemed to have a picture of the buildup. While the above is quite alarming, what is an international problem, is also a potential resource, in that plastic can be recycled into oil and useful products. Thus, the problem that no country wants to admit liability for, could become an opportunity, provided that the technology is developed to "make it happen." Yes, we are fans of Sir John Harvey-Jones and we have a plan. But we need industrial development partners and seed funding.
VENUE & CONTACTS
SCULPTURE - Marking the entrance steps to London Excel, is this superb bronze depiction of life on the docks in yesteryear.
ExCeL London, the international exhibition and convention centre, is the host venue for a variety of events from award winning exhibitions and conferences to international association meetings, product launches, banquets, award ceremonies, sporting events and
more. ExCeL London is the UK capital's largest exhibition centre.
Lying adjacent to Canary Wharf, ExCeL
London is the latest cultural quarter which possesses every facility that an event demands. Accommodating thousands of visitors in its huge event halls, state of the art conference suites and 45 meeting rooms, this multifaceted event venue is often preferred for flexible selection of space.
OLYMPIAN - A little further up river, the Millennium Dome is a reminder that great events can generate lasting reminders. Another famous structure that was built for an exhibition and still remains, in the Eiffel Tower in Paris. You can see the airport runway at the centre of the picture above and in more detail in the picture below, with the Millennium Dome and Canary Wharf in the background.
Canary Wharf is a major business district located in Tower Hamlets, London. It is one of the city's two main financial centres – along with the traditional City of London – and contains many of the UK's tallest buildings, including the second-tallest, One Canada Square.
HOW TO GET TO EXCEL
The Jubilee Line is recommended as the quickest route to ExCeL London and the ICC. Alight at Canning Town and change onto a Beckton-bound DLR train, for the quick 2-stop journey to Custom House for ExCeL (West) or Prince Regent for ExCeL (East) and ICC London.
JUST THE TICKET - Parking charges are £15 for 24 hours at a flat rate. So make the most of it. The car park was almost full to capacity on the 5th March, netting the owners of the site around £50,000 a day, or £10 million a year. Not bad. Never mind building boats, let's get into events. The machines are fully automated, accepting credit cards and cash. Joking aside, event organizers have their work cut out.
The centre was built by Sir Robert McAlpine and first opened in November 2000. In May 2008, it was acquired by
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company. Phase II was completed on 1 May 2010. This expansion created The International Convention Centre London (ICC London) adding to ExCeL's event space, as well as further meeting space and banqueting facilities.
Maps from 1872 and 1908 showing how the site developed to cope with more goods being transported by sea. All was well until the advent of the standard steel container and container ships that revolutionized the cargo industry. International trade depends on low cost marine transport, hence the clipper ships that were developed for the spice trade.
ABU DHABI NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS COMPANY
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) owns and operates the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, which is the largest exhibition venue in the Middle East. It is part of an international venue development and business management company overseeing the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ExCeL London, the Al Ain Convention Centre, Capital Gate, and Capital Centre. It can also be referred to as ADNEC Group.
ROYAL VICTORIA DOCKS
The Royal Victoria Dock is the largest of three docks in the Royal Docks of east London, now part of the redeveloped Docklands.
The dock area has experienced major redevelopment under the London Docklands Development Corporation. The dock itself still exists and is accessible to ships, although its western entrance has been filled in and it is now used chiefly for watersports. Its transport links have been greatly improved with new roads and Docklands Light Railway lines running along both its north and south side.
DOCKLAND VIEWS - Ibis London Excel, with 278 rooms, is located adjacent to the Excel Centre and Custom House Station. Ibis Excel just 2 stops on the Docklands Light Railway to the O2 Dome and the Indigo destinations. Good base for attending concerts at the O2 or exhibitions at Excel. Restaurant and Wi-Fi available and private underground parking. London City Airport, University East of London, Docklands and Canary Wharf nearby.
- Situated within a 20-minute walk from Royal
Victoria Docklands Light Railway Station, Ibis London Excel Docklands offers guests a convenient base while in London. It is conveniently located minutes on foot from Custom House for Excel DLR Station.
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Another view of the superb bronze docklands theme sculpture at the ExCel
HISTORY - 1934, Spillers Millennium Mills
The Royal Victoria Dock consisted of a main dock and a basin to the west, providing an entrance to the Thames on the western side of the complex. The dock was deeply indented with four solid piers, each 152 m long by 43 m wide, on which were constructed two-storey warehouses. Other warehouses, granaries, shed and storage buildings surrounded the dock, which had a total of 3.6 km of quays.
The Royal Docks comprise three docks in east London - the Royal Albert Dock, the Royal Victoria Dock and the King George V Dock. They are more correctly called the Royal Group of Docks to distinguish them from the Royal Dockyards, Royal being due to their naming after royal personages rather than Crown ownership. The three docks collectively formed the largest enclosed docks in the world, with a water area of nearly 250 acres (1.0 km2) and an overall estate of 1,100 acres (4.5 km2). This is equivalent to the whole of central London from Hyde Park to Tower Bridge. The area was designated a special enterprise zone in 2012.
The three docks were completed between 1855 and 1921 on riverside marshes in East Ham and West Ham (now the London Borough of Newham). The Victoria and Albert docks were constructed by the London & St Katharine Docks Company, to provide berths for large vessels that could not be accommodated further upriver. They were a great commercial success, becoming London's principal docks during the first half of the 20th century. They specialized particularly in the import and unloading of foodstuffs, with rows of giant granaries and refrigerated warehouses being sited alongside the quays.
The docks' great size and provision of numerous finger quays gave them a collective span of over 12 miles (19.3 km) of quaysides, serving hundreds of cargo and passenger ships at a time. Following the opening of the Royal Albert Dock in 1880, giving the Royals access to Gallions Reach, 11 miles (17.7 km) below London Bridge, the rival East & West India Docks Company responded with the construction of Tilbury Docks even further down river. The ruinous competition led eventually to all the enclosed docks being taken over by the Port of London Authority (PLA) in 1909. The PLA completed the King George V Dock in 1921 and reserved land to the north for a fourth dock, never built.
BASICS - We can see where Herbert Wells got his ideas from for War of the Worlds. They remind us of his Tripods. These cranes are a lasting reminder that without mechanization modern society would be unable to advance.
The General Strike of 1926 hit the Royal Docks hard, with 750,000 frozen carcasses threatened by the docks' electrical supply being cut off. Fortunately for the dock owners, the
Royal Navy were able to save the day by connecting the generators of two
submarines to power the warehouses' freezers.
OCEAN PLASTIC RECOVERY DRONE V2 - Plan and side views of the SeaVax concept (heading west), showing the basics of the shredding head and boom scoop that funnels plastic garbage towards a shredding and grading head. A SeaVax is basically a solar powered ocean going vacuum cleaner, except that the brushes that are normally used to sweep a carpet, are replaced with steel shredding drums that are specially designed to cope with plastic bottles, bags and rope. The grading head is protected from animal ingestion with guards and sensors that are designed to preserve wildlife. In this version the wind generating apparatus has been moved to the front of the ship, mainly for stability. A secondary benefit may be that the up-front revolving blades could warn wildlife to stay clear of the vessel. In the diagram below, a helipad has been added to accommodate scout drone.
The technology is patent applied for, with additional improvement filings to be prepared from the research (much of which will be open source) such that licenses may be granted to collaborative partners. In the case of ocean recovery, these are likely to be free licenses.
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