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Reference Number EP/D027403/1
Title Pilot project: Smart Gut for Energetically Autonomous Robot
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 85%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells) 15%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 50%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor C Melhuish
No email address given
Computing Engineering and Maths Science
University of the West of England
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2005
End Date 31 January 2007
Duration 16 months
Total Grant Value £61,924
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region South West
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor C Melhuish , Computing Engineering and Maths Science, University of the West of England (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor J Greenman , Applied Sciences, University of the West of England (0.001%)
  Recognised Researcher Dr IAI Ieropuolos , University of the West of England (0.000%)
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Abstract This Pilot project focuses on the vital issues, for an energetically autonomous robot, of ingesting natural raw substrate, converting (and storing) it into useful energy and removing waste build up. This study focuses on the development of further mechanisms to be used in conjunction with the Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) system developed in the IAS laboratory. An integrated system capable of extracting energy from food (waste or otherwise) will have tremendous potential in fields including autonomous robots and waste energy management.A robot (Ecobot III)will be constructed which incorporates the novel developments outlined in this proposal. This platform will enable us to demonstrate long term energy autonomy in a robot by carrying out tasks which require more energy than the robot starts off with. That is, the robot has to acquire energy from the environment to carry out its work
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Added to Database 01/01/07