EnTRESS

Stand: Advice Clinic: Circular Economy
  • | Business Leadership
  • | Climate resilience
  • | Sustainable growth
  • | Circular economy

EnTRESS are hosting an advice clinic at edie Live 2019, providing companies with advice and guidance to improve their resource efficiency through the implementation of circular economy principles.  Circular economy is an alternative to the make, use, dispose linear economy.  The aim is to keep resources in use for as long as possible and get the maximum benefit from them before they are regenerated into new products and materials

EnTRESS supports Black Country Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on the development and adoption of environmental technologies and resource efficient processes.  EnTRESS is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to promote sustainable economic growth.

EnTRESS engages with SMEs and large organisations to link academic research into business, driving innovation in areas such as waste management, bioremediation, biopolymers, pollution control and sustainable operations.  We understand that the environmental technologies sector is a varied and fast moving, so EnTRESS will provide the practical support to help SMEs engage with these innovations.  
 
The team work across a variety of sectors and seek to increase business competitiveness, improve productivity and identify new market opportunities for SMEs through the adoption of environmental technologies and the reduction of waste.

EnTRESS is part of the University of Wolverhampton's Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The support that the team provide is FREE to the SMEs and the project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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EnTRESS, University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Science & Engineering
ML046, Deanery Row, Off Molineux Street
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
WV1 1LY
United Kingdom

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  • Bromford Iron & Steel, based in West Bromwich, wished to improve its environmental impact and resource efficiency and generally improve profitability.  EnTRESS agreed to carry out a baseline audit of the hot rolling process with a view to creating a snapshot of the current situation.  Establishing the level of resource, process & environmental issues will enable the company to prioritise future development.

     

  • Chances Glass Works Heritage Trust want to protect and promote the industrial and culture heritage of the site, with the long-term ambition to redevelop into a mixed use residential, educational and creative space for the region. After a site visit, it was agreed that EnTRESS would scan a portion of the 7-storey building on site us-ing both academic expertise within the School of Architecture and Built Environment and a state of the art FARO Focus S laser scanner.

  • Fire Protection Recycling were interested in exploring the possibilities of re-cycling/re-processing fire extinguisher dry powder. EnTRESS agreed to carry out initial research on the feasibility of re-processing this mix of materials for alternate use. A secondary aim of the project was to work with Fire Protection Recycling to enable its participation in a EnTRESS workshop / challenge / showcase event, themed around waste management & waste treatment.

  • EnTRESS carried out initial process audit to identify any resource losses and then propose solutions.  Following an intial site visit it was agreed that the comapny's compressed air system be specifically targeted as a suspected source of significant resource use.

  • Having met representatives of Asan Wood Saints at a local launch event, subsequent discussions with the company, on how EnTRESS may be able improve the company’s manufacturing process, centered around two areas of development. Identification of suitable laser cutting equipment to expand production capabilities and secondly a review of the compressed air supply system. This was to advise on its design and fitness for purpose.

  • Prima Makeup were interested in developing biodegradable glitter and need some technical input on dust extraction as the material has a tendency to create ‘glitter dust’ which needs to be contained at source to eliminate environmental contamination. They also required assistance to develop a more efficiently degradable glitter base material. EnTRESS agreed to carry out initial research on the feasibility of alternative biodegradable materials for the manufacture of glitter.

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