Posted by Victoria Johnsen at 07/11/2012 10:44:33
Aston has won two 'Highly Commended' awards in this year's EAUC Green Gown Awards, in the 'Construction and Refurbishment' category for the refubishment of the historic Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre and in the 'Research and Development' category for a new sustainable energy technology developed by researchers from Aston’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI). Both projects were praised by the judges and the winners and highly commended entries were announced at a glamorous ceremony hosted by Birmingham University.
EBRI’s Pyroformer™ technology was seen by judges as having a “major impact” in the field of renewable energy and beyond, and was highly commended in the Research and Development category. The Pyroformer™ is capable of transforming waste material into useful forms of heat, electricity and power. Tests show that unlike other bioenergy solutions, the emission- free technology has no negative environmental or food security impacts. Its use of multiple feedstocks means it does not require the destruction of rainforests or the use of agricultural land for the growth of specialist biocrops.
The multi-million pound refurbishment of Aston’s Grade II listed Woodcock Sports Centre and swimming pool, was shortlisted in the Construction and Refurbishment category. It was praised for its ability to combine modern and improved sports facilities within a historic building context. Judges highlighted the refurbished building’s increased space and facilities, alongside its improved energy and water efficiency. The Centre houses Birmingham’s oldest working swimming pool, built in 1902.
Thanks and congratulations to everyone that worked so hard on these projects. The awards top off a great year for Aston, having achieved the EcoCampus Platinum award in October and being ranked first class in the People&Planet Green League back in May.