Innovation in sustainable growth
At the Dyson School, we are committed to sustainable practice. We also believe that low carbon technologies and new products designed around a circular economy (in which nothing is wasted and all is recycled) are some of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time. However, the complexity and interconnectedness of the issues that need to be addressed -- from new manufacturing processes, new energy sources and management innovation, through to issues of fairness, distribution and the challenges of poverty -- mean that sustainable growth cannot be tackled in disciplinary isolation.
Future solutions to today’s challenges will require new methods that cut across disciplines. Designers and engineers creating new technologies need to better understand their current methods, and invent new ones that take into account new ethical considerations if technologies are to be designed, commercialised, and regulated to benefit our lives, communities, and the planet.
Some of our projects contributing to this area include:
- Dr Billy Wu and the Energy Technologies Lab are developing high-temperature super capacitors and batteries for future electric vehicles.
- Students at the School developed the world's first device to capture harmful tyre particles.
- Dr. Leila Sheldrick and Elena Dieckmann are developing a circular economy for feathers.
- Dr. Pelin Demirel develops distinctive sustainability‐oriented capabilities, in order to meet rapidly changing regulatory, technology, and market demands.