Re-inventing the Wheel
Sustainable Technology and Discontinued Research
If you worked on research projects or actual technologies that promised lower energy use and environmental impact, but were abandoned because at the time they did not look economic, or if you believe forgotten projects might be 're-invented' using techniques not available at that time, then Oakdene Hollins would like to hear from you.
Oakdene Hollins Ltd, the sustainability consultancy that co-ordinated the STI, is offering £4,000 in consultancy support for the best 'forgotten' idea that holds potential for environmental improvement.
Projects funded by the programme included:
* hydraulic lime mortars, which have been largely replaced by ordinary Portland cement, yet offer potential for lower carbon emissions over the lifecycle and enable a variety of more sustainable building techniques
* textiles made from nettles, which have been historically used when other fibres were in short supply or very expensive (for example in Germany in the First World War).
Futher information on the Sustainable Technologies Initiative can be found at www.oakdenehollins.co.uk/sti-funded-projects.html and the application form is available via the Oakdene Hollins home page or from www.oakdenehollins.co.uk/sustainability-competition.html.