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February 2015

Humanities academics take part in green technologies project

(13 February 2015)

Three of our researchers will play a leading role in a new €25 million European Union funded project to demonstrate and roll out cutting-edge green technologies across the world.

Working with the cities of Eindhoven in Holland and Stavanger in Norway in the consortium, Triangulum, the University has been awarded a share of the funds to demonstrate ‘smart green growth’ – reducing carbon emissions while boosting the economy.

The actions are focused on the Oxford Road Corridor, including the University campus, and working closely with Estates Division, will use the campus as a living laboratory to study urban sustainability. The funding will enable investment in renewable energy and storage technologies, improve energy efficiency and management using ICT data and support the increased use of electric vehicles.

James Evans and Andrew Karvonen, from the School of Environment, Education and Development, and Krassi Paskaleva, from Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) at the Manchester Business School, are leading the monitoring and evaluation work across the Triangulum consortium, coordinating teams in Eindhoven and Stavanger to assess the economic, environmental and social impacts of different Smart City technologies. 

Professor Ian Cotton, Director of Manchester Energy at Manchester and lead for the ICT work in Manchester, said: "We are delighted that the EU has recognised the opportunities that exist in Manchester to showcase sustainable futures. This funding will support a new ICT platform that will allow our researchers and students to engage with real-world data gathered from a range of sources across Manchester to support the city’s ongoing transformation."

The project will run for five years until 1 February 2020.