DASA approves £1million military decarbonisation funding

DASA has approved £1million in military decarbonisation funding which will go to waste reusing technology.

DASA (Defence and Security Accelerator) has approved decarbonisation funding for projects recycling waste fuel and oils from aircraft. DASA – on behalf of the Royal Air Force – has awarded contracts to three universities and one engineering firm to develop the new technology to turn waste hydrocarbons into recyclable by-products such as water, organic residue for fertilisers, and CO2.

The contracts will build on the innovative concept of recycling waste hydrocarbons utilising microbes, which was developed by a small team from 47 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton. The team won the RAF 100 Engineering Competition in 2018 with their concept demonstrator, and the project was selected for further funding to develop the concept for the MOD.

Katy Violet, DASA Associate Delivery Manager, said: “DASA is proud to be working with the RAF on this important work. Innovation isn’t just about new kit, it is also about new and novel ways of doing things.”

“The results from this funding have the potential to transform the way the Armed Forces deal with waste hydrocarbons in a green way while saving money.”

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As well as being used on military bases, it is intended the technology will be further developed into portable bioprocessing systems for overseas bases and operational deployments. This is the first joint competition run by DASA and the RAF.

The winning contracts have been awarded to:

  • The University of Sheffield has been awarded nearly £300,000
  • North Shields-based SME Northern Engineering Solutions Ltd – in collaboration with Northumbria
  • University – awarded nearly £330,000
  • University College London has been awarded around £200,000
  • Liverpool John Moores University has been awarded around £200,000.

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