University of Portsmouth Environment Network


Many of our projects within UPEN are hollistic and have been co-created with our key business, community and academic partners in order to develop new innovations. Some of our innovative projects can be found below:

Harnessing urban wind power: innovative building-integrated technology

A collaboration between the University's Cluster for Sustainable Cities and the Southampton-based company MA Systems and Control Ltd is exploring the potential for innovative building-integrated urban wind power technology. This Innovate UK funded research project, Wind ASSURE, is a collaboration between industry and the University that will ensure public acceptance and optimum urban integration of the new technology. 

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Chemcatcher working with TelLab

The University of Portsmouth have collaborated with TE Labs for the production and supply of a unique passive sampling device which monitors a wide variety of pollutants in water. The Chemcatcher technology has been developed over the last 20 years and has been used by academic scientists, governmental and environmental agencies and the water industry throughout the world. An easy to use and cost effective device, it can be used to monitor a wide range of pollutant classes covering most applications required in the aquatic environment.

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Scientists help bring oysters back to solent

University of Portsmouth marine biologists are helping to regenerate Portsmouth’s native oyster population.

Experts from the Institute of Marine Science (IMS) have joined forces with Land Rover BAR and its partner organisations on a project to revive the Solent’s devastated oyster fishery.

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Sustainable Cities

An expert on sustainable architecture from the University of Portsmouth is helping to shape the future of cities around the world as part of a United Nations initiative.

Professor Steffen Lehmann, of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, has contributed to the Urban Lectures series – a free online resource run by UN-Habitat, a United Nations programme working towards a better urban future.

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Engineers develop guide to lower flood risk

A guide that could eventually lead to fewer UK homes being flooded is being developed by engineers and surveyors at the University of Portsmouth.

They are working on developing guidance to increase the use of sustainable drainage, known as SuDS, to reduce the downstream flood risk caused by new developments.

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Experts take part in biggest disaster exercise

STAFF and students from the University of Portsmouth have taken part in Europe’s biggest ever emergency response exercise – involving a tower block collapsing on Waterloo Station.

The fictional but painstakingly realised scenario was at the heart of Exercise Unified Response, which took place at four sites in London and involved more than 70 agencies and 4,000 people.

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National coastal project wins £1.7m

£1.7m funding has been given to the largest citizen marine science project ever undertaken to help monitor and protect marine life around the UK’s coastline.

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Marine Sciences will play a key role in the ‘Capturing our Coast’ project which is recruiting 3,000 volunteers from across the UK to work alongside experts.

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