Dumping the waste – reusing ceramics

Ceramic tile manufacturer Johnson Tiles, Stoke on Trent, UK, has found ways to reduce water consumption and waste. Fifteen manufacturers deliver waste to the company where it is used in the production of new items. This saves over 20,000t of waste ceramics from landfill each year. The company adds at least 25% of recycled content to its tiles and this year has increased levels to 28.5%.

Producing energy from hydrogen

My brother Rex, a University of Birmingham metallurgist, is a keen advocate of the hydrogen cycle as a part-solution to global warming.

Phase transition fuel — a coal-to-liquid fuel project in South Australia

Exploration in the 1980s discovered a large sub-bituminous coal deposit 800km north of Adelaide, South Australia. Altona Resources, an AIM and Australian stock exchange listed company is implementing a development plan using a number of established technologies to convert coal-to-liquid (CTL) fuels and provide gas for power generation.

Sporty polymers — polymer use in sports equipment

While much sports apparatus must be light and stiff, favouring composites and polymers, the transfer of force from product to athlete needs to be considered. The ability to alter dynamic properties in polymeric and polymer-matrix composites allows optimisation of these materials for sport.

Pressure control — products from the Bernic Lake pegmite in Canada

A unique application of oil and gas well drilling fluids has created a profitable new opportunity for the Bernic Lake pegmatite in Manitoba, Canada. Drilling for oil and gas requires the well to be filled with a dense fluid or drilling mud to prevent highly-pressured fluids and gases entering the well bore and flowing to the surface, cesium formite drilling mud improves project economics and reduces the operational risk of developing oil and gas reservoirs.