The award show featured some of the biggest and boldest infrastructure projects, with the aim to uncover and celebrate some of the UK’s most inspiring, innovative and collaborative technology. It provided a fascinating snapshot of some of the trends that are defining modern engineering and also highlighted the degree to which industry and academia are collaborating to solve fundamental problems across a variety of sectors.
The BEN project, led by ICAX Limited at LSBU, won the ‘Collaborate to Innovate’ award, beating competition from the likes of Warwick and Exeter University. BEN combines next generation heat networks with smart-grid technology to balance the production of heating, cooling, and electricity in a way that minimises costs and carbon emissions.
The project is led by Professor Andy Ford, an expert in heat networks technologies. Commenting on the experience, he said:
“This has been an inspiring journey. The team coped with disappointments, delay and funding challenges to achieve something quite unique and world leading. We now have at LSBU a system which illustrates what a future multi vector city energy system might be. It has been fun to work with such talented people: who would ever know that this is how you go about saving the world from climate change. Receiving the award and achieving recognition from our peers across the sector was a blissful surprise and I am proud to have been part of it.”