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Current and Emerging Projects to be brought within the Institute:

IoT UK - Cities Demonstrator Programme (Future Cities Catapult):  Ipswich Energy Smart City Project

Overall Lead: Suffolk County Council

Partners: UOS, IBC

Community Energy Solar Demonstrator Lead:  University of Suffolk

Demonstrator first phase to explore:

  • Innovation for Smart Cities
  • Market opportunities
  • Customer need
  • Stakeholder benefit
  • Business model
  • Customer base
  • Competitive landscape
  • One, two and five year plans
  • Scenarios and risks


ESIF ERDF - Eastern New Energy Project: Awaiting Confirmation

Overall Lead: University of East London

Partners: University of Suffolk, University of Cambridge, University of Hertfordshire.  

The research collaboration Work Package will foster links between researchers, business, public and the third sectors. The research collaboration will focus on supporting and identifying potential LCEGS innovations (at a range of Technology Readiness Levels) and help innovators to develop and commercialise those innovations

Activity will include:

  • Facilitating collaboration and knowledge transfer between research institutions and SMEs/social enterprises;
  • Supporting the demonstration and deployment of innovative technologies;
  • Supporting low carbon tech start-ups;
  • Supply chain development for the low carbon sector;
  • Developing financing methods that encourage the adoption of proven low carbon technologies.


Living Laboratory Project: Brickmakers Wood (Currently Defining)

Overall Lead: University of Suffolk

Project Partner: Eden Rose Coppice Trust (Pending Partners EAUC & Institute for Outdoor Learning?)

Research and Academic Cross Over Application

Utilisation of Brickmakers Wood through the successful awarding of a Post Office Lottery Grant to create a Living Lab Wildlife area.Wildlife Conservation and Ecology undergraduate student from AY 2018 will have on site access to field studies and conservation work.The lab will additionally provide research potential to evaluate ongoing regeneration of a brownfield site and monitor indicator species in a long term field study evaluating biodiversity in urban areas.There is wider application for academic curriculum engagement with Eden Rose Coppice Trust in: social sciences, teacher training, health studies, radiology and chemotherapy.Interactions with the Lab setting are already underway, but need to be more fully recorded and captured within the framework of the EAUC living lab guidance.

This Living Labs project will seek to deliver the following benefits:

  1. An opportunity for staff and students to collectively develop solutions that directly address the immediate real-world sustainability problem or opportunity. These solutions provide socioeconomic and/or environmental sustainability benefits to the institution, its surroundings, and the public at large. 
  2. For researchers, these benefits include research impact and access to a live test-bed for innovative research.  Living Lab projects offer a way for students to connect their degrees with the real world.
  3. A Living Lab is a central part of innovative pedagogical practices and a key tool to boost student satisfaction, employability, and retention.
  4. A facility to enable academics to conduct transdisciplinary projects that create highly innovative and publishable knowledge, but also positively impact the University and it’s surroundings through more applicable research and education. Thus, a Living Lab is a crucial tool for practice-based and engaged research and teaching.