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SMART Circle

In September 2017 the AD Centre was awarded the SMART Circle collaborative industrial research project. The Welsh Government SMART Expertise programme awarded the group just under £1 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding to deliver a broad range of collaborative industrial research activity over a three year timeframe. The project is match funded to the same value by a consortium of 8 industrial collaborators.

 The consortium will work together to explore how innovative bioprocesses can be used to improve the overall efficiency of a range of industrial operations. For example, one area of focus will be the industrial demonstration of a biological process that will convert waste gases including carbon dioxide into a useful fuel, therefore improving the overall economic and environmental performance of the end user.

The project also aims to develop technology that can recover unused, high value molecules, including nutrients and enzymes, from low-value materials such as sewage sludge, commercial and municipal solid wastes. These high value materials can then be used in other industrial process, and the disposal of any remaining waste would be less costly.

The ultimate aim is to develop more efficient bio-technology systems that could provide viable solutions to help businesses become more resource efficient.


Our Collaborators and match funding providers include the following organisations:










Funding for the Project has been provided by:




European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as administered by the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO) and the Welsh Government SMART Expertise programme