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Ideas for Environment and Climate Emergency Student Projects

  1. Natural smart ventilation of labs/rooms/offices/research facilities (what should change), minimising forced ventilations - Supervisor Dr Matt Eames
  2. Soil and types of fertiliser, chemical pesticides, green university, bee and insects
  3. Procurement of products’ sources/accessibility, and environmental impacts
  4. PPE requirements of CLES; sustainable, recyclable
  5. University’s supermarkets and cafés to provide organic food, recyclable, local resources
  6. Organic compost maker from the University’s waste food and garden wastes
  7. Transportation model 2030 e-scooter, e-bike, EV.
  8. Optimal locations and numbers for charging stations across the university campuses
  9. BAN PLASTICs at the University’s supermarkets
  10. Travelling staff, data, carbon footprint, how to minimise this
  11. Thermal imaging of buildings, finding areas to insulate
  12. Analysing the energy storage requirements for the University’s peak energy demands
  13. Increasing the University’s thermal efficiency of buildings - Supervisor Dr Matt Eames 
  14. Persuading students/staff to use E transportation (incentives, policies, good practices, salary sacrifice)
  15. Exchange centres for books, clothes, electronic devices to minimise the waste (
  16. Green curriculum, analysing how our modules should be green (Zero carbon programmes)
  17. The negative environmental impacts of online meetings
  18. Hybrid energy model for the University’s energy demands
  19. Parking only for EVs by 20309; possibilities, policies, incentives and challenges
  20. Analysing the ventilation needs of research offices - Supervisor Dr Matt Eames
  21. Using drones for moving objects between Exeter’s university campuses, feasibility checking
  22. Developing horticultural systems to feed the University and minimise our needs for fresh leafs, and vegetables
  23. Using mirrors to boost the solar panels energy (Studies showed it can increase by 30%)
  24. Open offices, connected seminar rooms and classrooms to minimise the needs of heating
  25. Ground heating add-on to our buildings, costs and challenges
  26. Campaigns for planting by students for students [where, how, when]
  27. The university’s main strategy on energy investment; hydrogen, solar, wind, hydro? (Solar panels to provide 50% energy in 5 years) Analysing the possibilities, government policies and challenges
  28. Local donation, recycle, reuse or sell; how the University should plan its unwanted electronic systems, or other assets
  29. Online apprenticeship model to minimise the travel costs and carbon footprints of apprentices; analysing the demands and needs of travels for apprentices across university
  30. Supercomputers (Laver Annexe) and data centres cooling demands, how to minimise these, 1.3 Million KWh needs for cooling it currently, for example for heating the offices, greenhouses, etc.
  31. Changing our tastes; project of minimising meat and asking students to experience of being vegan and/or vegetarian
  32. Demolish or renovate; analysing the energy demands of buildings and the needs of renovations; for example Hope Hall, Harrison building, St. Luke’s medical school.
  33. Rainwater harvesting for the University’s demands; where, how, cost.
  34. Smart offices and classrooms for saving energy needs of heating/cooling - Supervisor Dr Matt Eames 
  35. How 3D printing can minimise our wastage, needs of purchase, what we can do?
  36. Maximising sunlight for university’s lighting needs - Supervisor Dr Matt Eames 
  37. Smart lighting systems in all rooms, investments needs (sensors, bulb types, etc.) - Supervisor Dr Matt Eames
  38. Applications of small PHP for the University and the city of Exeter
  39. Data driven buildings; the long-term cost-effectiveness of developing digital twin models of the buildings
  40. The carbon footprints of our green energy strategies - Supervisor Dr Matt Eames
  41. Reducing energy consumption in a research building and identifying the role additional IT support could play, aka business case for IT support
  42. Using Geothermal Energy to heat the Penryn Campus and new student accommodation – Supervisor Professor Richard Cochrane
  43. Water Source Heat Pumps - Using the river Exe to heat Streatham Campus– Supervisor Professor Richard Cochrane

Environment and Climate - Student Projects

Please complete this form to register your interest in the project ideas displayed above. Please also feel free to add a project idea for consideration by the CEMPS Environment and Climate Emergency group. The form has been created for students to register their interest, but also for University staff to register their interest in supervising an Environment and Climate Emergency student project.