The event will consist of a 2 hour panel and a 3 hour exhibition.
17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
Activities programmed for the event are: 1) A panel discussion session: This session will consist of fifteen minute presentations showcasing a wide range of angles and viewpoints. Each panellist will have an opportunity for Q/A and debate after their talk. Topics selected should help understand the characteristics of the water-energy connection: • Introduction to Water and Energy • Biogas production from sewage • Converting sewage to bioelectricity • Saving energy from water use in our households The panel will consist of British experts in the area. Newcastle University has a wide range of experts investigating these technologies so there should be in-house expertise available. However, speakers from different parts of the UK will also be considered. 2) A showcase of water and energy technologies: An exhibition will be arranged outside the panel room in order for the audience (and other BSF attendees) to see some prototypes of the technologies and obtain more information on what they can do at home to save water and energy. The London Science Museum and International Water Association have been already contacted, and have confirmed their support. We already have a new reactor loaned by Pen-State University (US) that clearly shows how sewage is converted to electricity by powering a fan. This reactor has already been exhibited in the London Science Museum.
Newcastle University - Herschel Building
20. Venue requirements:
This building has a large auditorium and an exhibition area. If not available, an alternative auditorium and exhibition space will be found in the School of Chemical Engineering located in Merz Court at Newcastle University.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
There is an existing relationship or connection between energy and water. This relationship can cause a conflict when, for example; we have to select whether to use reservoirs to provide drinking water or electricity. On the other hand, there could also be a positive connection between water and energy when, for example; we produce energy during wastewater treatment. It is clear that our very existence relies on both resources, and scientists are searching for sustainable engineering solutions for their provision. This one day event will aim to provide an overview of the intrinsic connection between water and energy by discussing the latest technologies used to sustainably produce energy from wastewater. The outcomes of the project will be: 1)Increase the consciousness of participants on the importance of saving water and energy. 2)Help scientists to get feedback from the public opinion. 3)Showcase the technologies developed at Newcastle University and other Universities.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Newcastle City Council is actively working towards being the first Neutral City in the World. One of the main challenges is waste management, where wastewater treatment plays an important role. This workshop will address technologies that can be harnessed to unlock and use the energy from wastewater instead of its treatment consuming vast amounts of energy.
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).
I am the event manager:
I am the event manager
1. Event Manager Organisation:
2. Event Manager First Name:
Dr. Sharon Belinda
4. Event Manager Address line 1:
School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
5. Event Manager Address line 2:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Address line 2:
Newcastle upon Tyne
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8. Event Manager Telephone number:
0191 222 72 78
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10. Which of the following areas of science does your event best fit into?:
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11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Monday 9 September 2013
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Thursday 12 September 2013