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SETsquared sustainable technologies programme catalyses new research collaboration

SETsquared sustainable technologies programme catalyses new research collaboration

Bristol-based air quality monitoring company, Atmo Technology, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Bath’s Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering to partner on a new research project to explore solutions for indoor air-quality testing.

The collaboration has been established through the West of England Sustainable Technologies Scale-Up Programme which provides tailored business support to companies to develop their sustainable technology solutions. As well as online Sustainability Workouts which help founders develop their business models, the programme can also help companies identify the academic expertise they need to develop their technologies, products, and services.

Atmo Technology was co-founded by a University of Bath mechanical engineering student, Guy Barkley. Using air quality and site activity data, Atmo helps protect employees from harmful airborne substances at work which are responsible for 13,000 deaths every year. As well as understand root causes, helping industry take action.

In this new research project, which will explore solutions for indoor air-quality testing, Atmo will provide their hardware and an IoT data scientist manager to work with Dr Richard Ball from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath.

Talking about the research project, Dr Richard Ball said, “Thermally efficient, airtight, buildings are often susceptible to the build-up of indoor pollutants leading to poor air quality and a reduction in wellbeing of the occupants.  Work in Bath is addressing this issue through a number of strategies, and new technologies to remediate harmful indoor chemicals is a promising solution.  We are looking forward to working with Atmo in this exciting area.”

Pedro Nunes from Atmo, went onto say, “We see this as a great opportunity – as part of Atmo’s growth plans we had already been looking at exploring testing solutions for indoor spaces so to be able to work with the University of Bath on this project is really exciting.  Being able to measure indoor air quality will make a real difference to the safety of employees and this would drive us forward with our overall business aim – we are looking forward to monitoring and benchmarking the outcome of this project.”

The West of England Sustainable Technologies Scale-Up Programme, which is funded by European Regional Development Fund, is a collaboration between SETsquared, the University of Bath and its Centre for Sustainable & Circular Technologies.

For more information and to register for support, visit the West of England Sustainable Technologies Scale-Up Programme landing page

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