22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
- Producing energy from water and wastewater would revolutionise how we think about our wastes, where we get our energy from and provide opportunities for UK leadership in terms of technology
- The exhibition will showcase some technologies that can be used to produce energy from water, one of which is an Olympic torch powered using renewable technologies. The actual Olympic torch was powered using fossil fuels (propane).
- Amongst other things, the panel will be invited to discuss ways in which people can save energy and water in basic activities, such as washing their clothes. These hints are of interest to society, especially as energy prices increase and concerns over climate change grow.
- The cost of wastewater treatment in the UK alone is staggering in terms of energy and infrastructure costs. The production of usable energy through treatment does not even need to break even in order to be extremely valuable to our economy and worldwide.
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
Newcastle University has already approved this proposal for submission. Therefore there will be funds available for catering, room hire and for the exhibition. There are also in kind contributions by: London Science Museum, £300: to send the MFC reactor displayed in the London Science Museum as part of their “Water Wars” exhibition and participation during the showcase. International Water Association, £300: to the event, especially to showcase a kit to monitor the quality of water during the planned exhibition. This will raise awareness on water pollution. . I would also like to add Dr. Jennifer Hazelton as participant in this proposal (as she will be chairing the event on the day).