Press Release - From Skin Care to Nickel Recovery

16 Jun 2009

 Skin and hair care products from seaweed, inkless digital printing and recovering nickel from old batteries are just three areas of new "green technology" development to receive financial support, the Technology Strategy Board announced today.

The aim is to develop new or improved sustainable materials, processes and products, and a total of eighteen innovative projects are to benefit from investment totalling over £20 million.  The work will take place in the UK over the next three years, and half the funding will come from the Technology Strategy Board - the organisation that drives technological innovation in the UK.

Explaining the Technology Strategy Board's decision to invest in the development of green technology, lead technologist Alan Hooper said: "The development of sustainable products and materials is vital if we are to respond successfully to the many environmental and energy challenges that we face, and investing in the development of green technology is one of the Technology Strategy Board's top priorities."

"Green technology also makes business sense" he added, "With increases in both demand and prices for energy and resources, businesses that use resources more efficiently will benefit from cost savings and opportunities for growth as customers increasingly demand products that both save them money and are more friendly to the environment."

Other new green products and materials that will be developed through these projects include:

  • Lightweight, sustainable products using design optimisation and additive manufacturing.
  • Design and disassembly techniques to enable corporate clothing to be renewed and recycled.
  • Reuse of shellfish waste products, for packaging.
  • Environmentally-friendly wood treatment for external use.
  • Sustainable, recyclable, lightweight high-energy absorbing material.
  • Sustainable detergent for domestic laundry.
  • New industrial process for the production of re-mouldable, re-vulcanisable rubber compound, from end-of-life vulcanised rubber.

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