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Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 133.41K | Year: 2015

The objective is to determine whether plasma treatments, particularly those using cold atmospheric plasma, can improve the health and quality of crops by improving seedling emergence, vigour, disease control, as well as biochemical reactivity. If successful, this would lead to healthier crops whilst reducing the chemical burden on the environment. Manipulating the properties of seeds with a non-invasive, physical process could have far-reaching effects on crop production. More vigorous seedlings, able to withstand biotic and abiotic stresses such as disease, pests and drought, could reduce risk in crop production and result in increased productivity and resilience.

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: European | Award Amount: 262.77K | Year: 2016

The main goal of the Eurostars CableHeal project is to develop self-healing polymers with intrinsic molecular healing to protect against multiple localised damage events in power cables. The polymers will be scalable to industrial production volumes for application as sheath materials for medium voltage (MV) and high voltage (HV) electrical cables. The sheath protects power cables from mechanical puncture and surface damage that can occur during manufacturing, installation and operation. In addition to protecting against mechanical damage, the materials will repair defects that could otherwise lead to reduced cable performance or failure. The development is expected to significantly reduce cable failure rates.

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Proof of Market | Award Amount: 24.06K | Year: 2014

There have been many recorded incidents of fires starting in biomass storage facilities. Once started, these fires are difficult to manage and extinguish. They result in significant risk to human health and business interruption and ultimately financial loss. This project aims to show that there is a clear market need to provide early warning of a fire starting inside a biomass storage facility such as wood pellets in a large silo. This will enable measures to be taken to remove or damp-down the specific part of the silo contents at risk, thus reducing the risk of a whole silo fire. The early warning will be based on temperature and gas mixture measurement and profiling in space and time, within the biomass pile, with near real time reporting. This project spans the Technology Strategy Board Priority Areas: • Resource efficiency • Energy • Electronics, sensors and photonics

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