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Completed Projects

ToOLTuBES: Toxicity & Organic Load Tracking using Bioelectrochemical Systems

  • The BBSRC ToOLTuBES project (Toxicity & Organic Load Tracking using BioElectrochemical Systems) will advance the development of a water quality biosensor towards technology readiness level TRL 7 (demonstration in an operating environment at pre-commercial scale). BES technology, which incorporates an electrode-supported microbial biofilm that generates electricity from oxidation of organics, and has great potential for low-cost, real-time sensing applications.


  • The overall objective of the H2020 project is to integrate into a single facility and to use one main technology chain for the conversion of several types of urban bio-wastes into valuable bio-based products, while also minimizing any residual or consequent waste to be disposed of.

Newton-Mosharafa Fund

  • The Newton-Mosharafa Fund is a £20 million, five year science and innovation partnership between the UK and Egypt. It aims to advance the capacity of the Egyptian science sector; increase the amount of quality scientific research and innovation being carried out in Egypt; and help mitigate social and economic challenges in Egypt through the development of new research and innovation.


  • “A scalable fluidized bioelectrochemical reactor for enhanced anaerobic energy recovery.”

Rutherford Fund

Develop collaborative working to tackle the challenges of water treatment and through resource recovery in a multinational & multidisciplinary approach.

PhytoADv: Microbial Enhancement of Phyto Active Compounds in Digestate

  • A short 6 month proof of concept project funded by the BBSRC NIBB on Anaerobic Digestion.

SGRI Project

  • The University of South Wales is working collaboratively with SGRI Europe GmbH, the European subsidiary of the State Grid Corporation of China’s (SGCC) Smart Grid Research Institute (SGRI).

Island Hydrogen

  • To evaluate the performance and operating characteristics of the refuelling stations and use our own ITM Power electrolyser fed refuelling stations for the generation of refuelling strategies to optimise the efficiency of operation.


  • Objective 1 funded – Examining the technical, social and economic implications of moving to a hydrogen economy in Wales

Biological Generation of Hydrogen from Renewable Resources Using Fermentation

  • EPSRC SUPERGEN UK – Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortium:


  • EPSRC-SUPERGEN – To produce a strategic, stepwise development in the area of biological fuel cells

Integration of Hydrogen Generation with Embedded Renewable Energy Systems

  • This study aims to analyse and model how the use of hydrogen generation by means of the electrolysis of water can increase the penetration of renewable embedded energy generation into the system.

Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Centre

  • A project part-funded by European Regional Development Funds through Objective 1 to set up a Centre for the demonstration of renewable hydrogen production and use.

Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion

  • The Centre is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Welsh Government (WG) and the University of South Wales.

SUPERPHA – Systems and Product Engineering Research for Polyhydroalkanoates (PHA)

  • This project brings together a range of industrial partners across the waste management, process engineering, manufacturing and retail sectors. The project is funded through ERDF and Welsh Government support (Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) Programme). Industrial partners contribute and fund the delivery of the project.

Hydrogen Energy Farm

  • EU Interreg III funded – Wales & Ireland rural hydrogen energy project (WIRHEP)

EPSRC Industrial CASE – Improving Digestibility of Sewage Sludge

  • Studentship award with Thames Water. Improving Digestibility of Sewage Sludge

Waste Treatment Technology Network WTTN

  • EU KEF – TTN “Waste Treatment Technology Network”


  • To analyse the potential bioenergy in the UK, its contribution and environmental objectives and identify bottlenecks

Marie Curie Research Fellowships

  • Optimisation of Biological Processes for Sustainable Hydrogen Production and Environmental Protection

EPSRC CASE – Monitoring of Pollutants

  • In Terrestrial and Aquatic Matrices by Hyphenated Chromatography and Spectroscopy

Biomass Activity Monitor

  • To determine the aerobic bacterial activity in various media including soils and sludges

Anaerobic Digestion of Biodegradable Municipal Solid Waste

  • WAG/RCT Funded

Production of hydrogen from sludge

  • FP6 STREP -REduction, MOdification and VALorisation of Sludge, ‘REMOVALS’

EPSRC Industrial CASE – Hydrogen production from Sewage

  • Hydrogen production from Sewage Biosolids by fermentation

Biohydrogen from Wheatfeed

  • Sustainable H2 Production from Wheat Starch Based Co-products. Pilot Scale. Part funded by Carbon Trust

Microbial Electrochemical Technology for Resource Recovery (METEORR)

  • Aims to deliver the science needed to accomplish a paradigm shift in the recovery of resources from waste.