Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab – Our Projects

The Impact Lab provides a wide range of valuable support for businesses in Devon

Each company we work with receives a bespoke package to suit their needs. Our services are free of charge, although our grants require a match funding contribution from the business.

The heart of what the Impact Lab offers is resource for collaborative projects to help businesses solve a key technical challenge in the development of a new product, service or process.

To deliver a project, we also call on the support of a wide range of academic specialists from within any of the seven Impact Lab partners. These academics can provide specific skills and subject-matter expertise where needed.

Click on the sections below to find out more about our team and the projects they support in each of our specialist areas. 

Latest collaboration: Plymouth Boat Trips to launch e-Voyager green vessel  

Joining forces with several local partners, Plymouth Boat Trips is part of the e-Voyager project, developing the UK’s first seagoing electric passenger vessel. Powered by repurposed Nissan Leaf batteries, the e-Voyager will have clear commercial and environmental benefits.

The Impact Lab is working with Plymouth Boat Trips to provide a range of support, including the application for grant funds that will be used for the electric propulsion and battery systems.

Specialist technical support and research expertise will then be offered on the process of sourcing the right system and putting sensors in place to record data about air, water and noise pollution from the vessel.

The data will be collected and analysed in situ, with the Impact Lab creating a data visualisation piece that can be shared with the project’s stakeholders and partners to demonstrate the environmental benefits for Plymouth Sound.

When in operation, the new boat will join Plymouth Boat Trips fleet and service ferry routes, including the Cremyll Ferry.

Supporting the UK’s goal of zero emission shipping

This is a cutting-edge project and the perfect opportunity to show how the University’s scientific expertise and business support can be combined with the ingenuity of a local company.
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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014–2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.